As required, Stonewall Jackson choose a new name

Stonewall Jackson Elementary may soon be Mockingbird Elementary.

During a community meeting on Thursday night, Stonewall Jackson Elementary’s renaming committee recommended the new name after hours of debate.

The school resides on Mockingbird Lane, and Mockingbird is also the state bird of Texas. At the meeting, several community members gave further justification for the new name. According to a Facebook post from parent Lauren Silva Laughlin who was in support of the new name, a parent described how Mockingbirds speak many languages, much like the 20 languages spoke in the homes of the students at the school. Laughlin says her views may not represent the entire committee.

The name will go before the Dallas ISD trustees in February, after the board passed a policy requiring four schools named for Confederate Generals to have new names by then. Representatives from Robert E. Lee Elementary suggested the name Geneva Heights Elementary, after the plat where the school sits, back in September.


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  • Juan

    What a bunch of liberal Snowflakes. It will always be Stonewall Jackson elementary.

  • Underdog1020

    I think it’s important to remember that at one point in time, the residents of the City of Dallas chose to name these schools after Confederate Generals. Changing the names now is like trying to pretend that never happened – like everything has always been hunky dory down in East Dallas – and is a whitewashing of history, in my opinion.

  • 57yroldhistorybuff

    Proudly a Robert E. Lee Elementary School graduate. Please teach full biographies, not “social justice” history.

  • esmfotoz

    I still think this is a needless excercise and a huge waste of time and money! STONEWALL JACKSON forever – class of ’66!

  • Artie

    I like it!

  • Mike McDermott

    Well, I guess it’s as good as could be hoped for in the current climate of intolerance and historical ignorance.

  • Tracy McElhenie

    Perfect. Nice and simple.

  • Lee Gibson

    Excellent choice!