Jacksonville School Renamings

Students outside Robert. E. Lee High
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School administrators and members of Jacksonville’s School Board have been receiving a barrage of emails the past few days, all of them asking the same question: Does Duval County Public Schools (DCPS)  believe that Black Lives Matter? 

Amy Donofrio poses with Lee High students
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Students at Robert E. Lee High School are circulating a petition calling for teacher Amy Donofrio to be reinstated. The petition amassed nearly 1,500 signatures in its first six hours online. 

Students outside Robert. E. Lee High
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Tensions flared in a community meeting Thursday night, where the majority Black student body of Jacksonville’s Robert E. Lee High School and a group of mainly white alumni argued over whether to rename the Riverside-area school. 

Robert E. Lee High School
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

WJCT News received word Wednesday morning that students of Jacksonville’s Robert E. Lee Senior High School planned to walk out of class in protest over their school’s name. But the scheduled time came and went, with no walkout. 

Sign outside of Robert E Lee High School on some of the school campus.
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Melanie Love graduated from Jacksonville’s Robert E. Lee High School in 1979. She was junior class president and student body president during her time at the school.