Robert E. Lee High School

Protesters hold signs outside of DCPS main offices.
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Progressive activists are continuing the fight to change the names of nine Jacksonville schools, this time at the main offices of the Duval County Schools District. 

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
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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. 

Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with former CSX executive Dale Lewis (01:02) about his research into the pros and cons of dredging the St. Johns River. Robert E. Lee High School students Alan McCullough and Devon Brown, along with their teacher Amy Donofrio (28:55) told us about the Evacuation Movement program. Deb Chapin and Brian Anderson (36:51) with the Ponte Vedra Greenway Alliance discussed the upcoming “Palm Valley Storytelling Day,” and travel blogger Judy Wells (44:25) told us about her recent trip to Poland. 

 

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Some teens at Jacksonville’s Lee High School chose to confront violence and the justice system this school year through an elective class.

Now as the year comes to an end, the class is reflecting on what they’ve learned and hope to change in Duval County.