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Virginia high school drops Confederate nickname 'Rebels'

Douglas S. Freeman High School in Henrico County will drop the name Rebels based on the results of a community poll and a recommendation from a committee.
Credit: Henrico Schools
Douglas S. Freeman High School in Henrico County will drop the name Rebels based on the results of a community poll and a recommendation from a committee.

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia school officials have announced that a high school will no longer use a Confederate-related nickname.

News outlets report that Douglas S. Freeman High School in Henrico County will drop the name Rebels based on the results of a community poll and a recommendation from a committee that supported the change. 

News outlets said the nickname and former mascot, a Confederate soldier, were inspired by the school's namesake, historian Douglas Southall Freeman. 

He received a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Gen. Robert E. Lee. 

Principal John Marshall said the nickname wasn't representative of the school’s goal to be “an inclusive, welcoming community" for everyone.

Credit: Henrico Schools
Douglas S. Freeman High School in Henrico County will drop the name Rebels based on the results of a community poll and a recommendation from a committee.

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