They then publicly released a list of every

Lee High School branded items for sale in Staunton

The school is under construction right now that had been planned for years before the city’s school board voted to rename it.

Principal Collins told WHSV a few weeks ago that new uniforms, bearing the name of Staunton High School, have been ordered and should be ready to go for fall sports.

As for costs when it comes to the entire name change process, the Staunton School Board previously addressed questions about the costs associated with renaming the school, saying it’s safe to estimate $200,000 would be needed to replace athletic gear with the school’s branding, but that that amount represents less than one percent of the school division’s operating budget of $31.8 million. Many of the costs were expected to be absorbed as part of the city’s plans for renovations.

The name of General Lee stuck with the school until recent nationwide debates over confederate symbolism in today’s society, with a renewed interest in name change after the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.

The school board voted 4 2 to rename “Robert E. Lee High” back in 2018, and a short time later, released a survey to take ideas for a new name from city residents. People could choose from one of five suggested names, or provide their own. They then publicly released a list of every suggestion they received.

The school board received over 4,000 submissions and votes for “Staunton High School” made up the greatest amount, followed by “Queen City High School” a few hundred votes behind. On November 12, the school board voted to return the school to its original name of Staunton High School.

## ## After the school board’s official vote in November, students and staff at the high school decided they would be the home of the Staunton Storm.

According to a press release from the school board, the inspiration for the nickname and mascot came from a quote popularized by New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady: “Fate whispers to the warrior, ‘you cannot withstand the storm.’ The warrior whispers back, ‘I am the storm.'”

“This reflects the strength we have in the diversity of individuals at Staunton High School and our unified spirit,” said Principal Nate Collins. “The warrior’s shield acknowledges our role as protectors and our responsibility to each other. The lightning bolt is indicative of our power and our desire to always “lead the charge,” a motto we often reference at the high school. And finally, the classic Greek styling of the warrior is a nod to history and a reflection of our city, known for its classic architecture, including many in the Greek Revival style.”

The renovated school will hold about 125 more students than the current school and will include a new bus loop, auxiliary gym, more space in classrooms and more technology in the classrooms.

For his money, the list goes Jordan, then Bryant,

## ## Lobo assistant Mason is Bullish on

The Chicago native and diehard Bulls fan decked out in his vintage Michael Jordan No. 23 Bulls jersey along with all three sons in their required Bulls jerseys, too made Sunday night airing of the first two episodes of Last Dance, the 10 part ESPN documentary on the 1997 98 Chicago Bulls season, a must see viewing event for his entire familythey don have a choice, said Mason, who was a junior basketball star at Chicago Morgan Park High School during the 1997 98 season when the Bulls won their sixth, and final, NBA championshipwasn like a vote or any kind of conversation about this. I told them that they had to like the Bulls. I don have a say in anything, except for that. it wasn just Sunday. Mason has been talking for weeks about the release of the documentary, which set ratings records for the sports network on Sunday night. And each week for the next month will likely be the same. Two episodes a week will air each Sunday until the documentary completiongot tired of me talking about it, but they got to learn the history of the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan, where I from and all that kind of stuff, Mason said during a podcast interview this week with the JournalOf course Mason isn alone. And neither are college hoops fans from around the Land of Enchantment tuning in with the hopes of brief glimpses of former Lobo Luc Longley and former Aggie Randy Brown, both on that teamYes, arguably the greatest NBA team of all time had a Lobo and an Aggie on the rosterAside from the genuine interest from Bulls fans and haters alike in seeing behind the scenes footage that followed for an entire season one of the greatest NBA dynasties in history, the sports world seems desperate for any new content in a coronavirus world that has left so many without sports to watchESPN public relations arm on Monday released ratings that indicated the documentary 6.1 million viewers for episodes 1 and 2 across ESPN and ESPN 2 during their initial release on Sunday night. (The ESPN version was rated TV MA with strong language and a toned down, TV 14 version was also available on ESPN2)Mason wore No. 23 whenever he could as a player because of Jordan. When asked his response to a 5 star player who might say LeBron James is the greatest of all time, the UNM recruiting coordinator joked he would fire back with a call you right back, and hang upMason already has had plenty of the greatest ever debates through the years with young basketball players who argue it James or Kobe Bryant. For his money, the list goes Jordan, then Bryant, then JamesAs for the parts of the documentary that may cast his boyhood idol in some unfavorable light, as Jordan himself has said in interviews in advance of the documentary release, Mason isn worriedknows Kobe wanted to be like Mike, basically, right? But everybody got to see his attitude a little different because social media came out there was more publication about Kobe and his attitude, Mason said. All you going to see (in the documentary) is that the similarities between the two in practices and the things he said and probably the fights he had with the players. And just that the sheer wanting to win out of Mike is probably going to come out and probably just a little more attitude and stuffat the end of the day, man, it a high level. He was the greatest. He he did what he had to do win and be great. AND AGGIES: While neither Longley nor Brown was interviewed in the first installments of the documentary, Mason says he wishes there would be scenes featuring the twoI guaranteed probably won make the documentary is the arguments between those two on the bus like just talking about the Lobo Aggie matchups and who was better and who this and who that, Mason said. what we want to hear, you know? THE PLAYGROUND: Sunday second episode of the documentary featured the role of Scottie Pippen in the Bulls dynastySo, on the playgrounds in Chicago, who was Mason emulating growing up?

was more of a Michael Jordan guy. I wore all my Jordans all the time, said Mason, who also showed the Journal his more than 50 pairs of Air Jordans in his closet during the interview.

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