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Stonewall Jackson High athletic director Kevin Turner said eliminating all the signage and logos of the Confederate general at the Manassas school will take some work, especially if the expected school name change is to be completed before school opens in August. 

“We have a great team and with the support from our facilities department I think we have a chance to meet the deadlines that will be set,” said Turner.

There are no statues of Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson on campus, but his image and name is on various logos. 

“In the stadium field and basketball courts, the marquee out front. Lots of signs throughout the building have to be replaced. It’s gonna be a challenge,” said Turner.

On June 5, Prince William County Public Schools Superintendent Steve Walts called for the school board to rename Stonewall Jackson High School and Stonewall Middle School “immediately,” saying the school division could no longer represent the Confederacy.

The school board announced a one-week timeline for changing the schools’ names, which will begin with a special virtual meeting set for Monday, June 22.

Turner said he understands the movement to change. “The consensus is that it’s a long time coming with today’s climate in education and the education of our future students,” said Turner.

“A lot of folks are passionate about tradition and have a hard time with change. I don’t think any name change will change the hearts of those that harbor hate. We all need to examine our hearts and try to find love and respect for other people and cultures," said Turner.

"For the past 26 years, I have worked with some amazing students, teachers and administrators at Stonewall Middle and Stonewall Jackson High School. It's been the people [not the school name] that have made the difference and impacted the lives of so many students in our community,” Turner said.

The new name could be derived from another person or a geographical location. The process is underway, Turner said.

“A lot of students like the term ‘stonewall,’” he said. Merriam-Webster describes the origin of the term as something that’s difficult to surmount, used for people who are persistent and enduring or who present an obstacle as formidable as a stone wall, which is how Jackson got the nickname. 

“It’s a tough term, but the history of the name is very hurtful, especially in these difficult times,” Turner said.

Turner is not sure if the nickname Raiders would change. 

“It’s a possibility,” he said.

Reach Peter Brewington at pbrewington@fauquier.com

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zcxnissan

A name is just a name to most people. It does not mean people harbor hate. Such a broad-brushed statement.

JosephGeorge4Neabsco

Then why the outcry of changing the Confederate names off of military bases? Why would POTUS veto funding for DoD, if “a name is just a name”?

zcxnissan

Wow, and the taxpayer gets screwed again. For a cosmetic change.

Uber

PWC is wanting to change every name, road, and society. PWC has never put any thought in the history of PWC for the last 80 years. What do Manassas, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dale City, Marumsco Acres, Marumsco Village, Marumsco Woods, Marumsco Hills all have in common. Cecil Hylton. That is your sole history of PWC for last 80 years since he built all of these subdivisions, and to this day continues to donate land to these areas for the Hylton Chapel, the new and currently being built National Wartime Museum but you’re can pretty much ask anyone and ask them what Dale City stands for. What is the history behind it, none that they know of. I have for years proposed to change all of the areas yo one locality, Hylton. There is your history and the many stories behind it. Does anyone know what any of these subdivisions mean and the history behind each one. Not much if any. If all these were all changed to Hylton, VA, that would put this entire county on the map with history of Hylton much less Prince William. Who is Prince William and where is the history behind this name. Big mistake here PWC. Bigger than the mistake Maureen Caddigan, supervisor of the PWC BOS at the time, shot down and made the biggest mistake of the last 60 years in recent PWC history back in the 1970’s by not having metro come to PWC. Now we are stuck with dirty buses, more traffic, trains, and a waste of land for all these areas of parking that are totally unnecessary. Could have had one parking area of 5 or 6 stories in Woodbridge, same in Dale City, same in Manassas, and the metro could have went straight up I-95 all overground, no tunnels, no bridges, right up the express lanes. What a mistake that was.

Omarndc72

Wasting tax payers money on unnecessary things.

JosephGeorge4Neabsco

Coming from someone who the Constitution was written for.

OBLUE

idiots

MacDade

STONEWALL JACKSON Change, WHAT TOOK YOU SOOOO LONG!!

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