The Austin Independent School District is determined to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary school. The school, located in a neighborhood just north of the UT-Austin campus, is now at the center of the growing controversy over removing Confederate icons from the public space. USA Today reports that turning to the community to suggest a new name isn’t working out exactly like the school board had hoped.
The school board overseeing Austin’s Robert E. Lee Elementary voted last month to rename the school, deeming its namesake — a Confederate general — too polarizing. It then turned to the community to suggest a new name.
But the Austin Independent School District probably didn’t expect the top suggestion would be Donald J. Trump Elementary.
That name, with 45 nominations, heads the list of 240 suggestions announced Friday, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Thirty-four nominations urged the board to leave the school’s name unchanged.
Rounding out the top five were suggestions to name the school after Texas photographer Russell Lee (32 nominations), author Harper Lee (30 noms) or Elisabet Ney, the 19th century Austin sculptor (15 noms).
- Adolf Hitler School for Friendship and Tolerance (8 noms)
- Kanye West Elementary (2 noms)
- John Cena Elementary (1 nom)
- Bee Movie (1 nom)
The British government could have perhaps warned the school board about the dangers of crowd-sourcing names. The top-voted name for its $300 million research ship was “Boaty McBoatface,” thanks to an online poll.
Red thinks Schooly McSchoolface has a certain ring to it.