Stonewall Jackson High School will be renamed Unity Reed High School to honor Arthur Reed, a long-time security assistant at the school, and Stonewall Middle School will be renamed Unity Braxton Middle, to honor Celestine and Carroll Braxton, a local educator and her veteran husband.

The new names were approved unanimously by the Prince William County School Board at a special meeting Monday evening, less than a month after Superintendent Steve Walts first recommended renaming the schools.

More than 20 people suggested names during a public hearing before the school board’s vote, and that followed two meetings last week in which dozens of names were recommended. 

According to an online petition in support of naming the high school after Reed, he was nicknamed the "Godfather of Stonewall" after he passed away. The high school is located just outside the city of Manassas. 

Celestine Braxton was an educator in the school division for 33 years who died in 2014. Braxton started teaching before racial segregation was ruled unconstitutional. Her husband, Carroll Braxton, is a decorated veteran.

“This unity is possible because of remarkable and brave people like Celestine and Carroll Braxton,” said School Board member Jennifer Wall, who represents the Gainesville District, where the middle school is located.

A renaming committee of Wall, Chair Babur Lateef and school board members Adele Jackson of the Brentsville District and Lisa Zargarpur of Coles District recommended the new names.

“In the end, it felt like the best way to encompass how the community felt,” Jackson said about the new names.

School board members said unity is a theme that is inspiring.

“The Braxtons built and performed their lives with unity in mind clearly at all times, so I think this is great,” Lateef said.

 School Board member Loree Williams said this is the time to rename schools.

“[Both schools] have lived in a limbo of knowing we’ll get to this point, but not knowing when; I think this will bring some closure to that community,” she said.

School Board member Lillie Jessie, who represents the Occoquan District, asked during the meeting how much the renaming process will cost the division. “I think the public needs to know the cost and how we’re coming up with the money.”

Walts said the division will find the necessary funding to rename the schools.

The school board also voted to name the middle school's auditorium after John G. Miller, a principal at the school for 18 years who retired this year.

Dave Beavers, supervisor of planning and financial services for the school division's Office of Facilities Services, told the school board the school division received more than 775 suggestions for new names for the schools.

The school division said the top 10 most frequently suggested names, in alphabetical order, were:

Arthur Reed

Bull Run

Celestine and Carroll Braxton

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

James Robinson

Janice Wellington

L. Douglas Wilder

Lucinda Griffin

Manassas

Unity

(31) comments

Joe Christmas

Shows how the school board is controlled by leftists and how much of the public believe in a cause not backed up by any data, but rather by a handful of videos over a period of many years played 24x7 by CNN, MSNBC, and the like.

Redskins20109

What do u listen to foxs

Bigfoot

What is "foxs"

SequerePecuniam

For a high school that is ranked 218 in Virginia and 9,811 in the nation, the school board might want to spend their money and time on something other than renaming the schools. But then, social justice is more important than learning and education in 2020. After all is over and done, nothing will change, because the race baiters have created a cottage industry that needs to perpetuate hate and division so they can stay in power rake in money.

Redskins20109

Social justice is more important right now!!! U must not care about people

Bigfoot

Are you a graduate of one of these schools? If so your parents must demand their monies be refunded for what they spent on your education.

Old Kegler

This sure makes a lot of people wonder why the board would go this exercise of wanting people to submit names,and suggestions for a school name change,when it seems as if it was a done deal from the beginning..As I said before,you may not like my heros,and I may not like yours...All you accomplished was ....NOTHING !

Redskins20109

accomplished the name change 😌 👌

todd6263

Says the hypocritical clown with "Redskins" in their name.

Bigfoot

And when are you changing your offensive name? I mean people have demanded the name "Redskins" be changed for years now. Or is this "social movement" thing only for blacks?

Redskins20109

The name changed, what hero?

Zediculous

No more naming buildings, roads, ships for people ... ever. No more statues or monuments .... ever. Amerika has been destroyed by the leftist's and the hulk that remains will make Orwells 1984 look tame by comparison.

Bawahaha

A nice pyrrhic victory for the Marxist Left. Enjoy your "accomplishment" Comrades! For the moment.

Redskins20109

😃😀😄

TLH1775

I`d pull my kids out of that school so fast their head would spin. If this is how they're spending their time worrying about the name of the building I would have to wonder about the rest of their education.

Redskins20109

My kids will go to this school happy 😊

Soily

Except for Bull Run, Douglas Wilder and Manassas, these are all BS loony names. If you want to name it after a black person, why not name it after somebody who actually accomplised something other than whining or divisive elitist? Maybe Katherine Johnson or Percy Julian. Otherwise stick to a meaningful local name. I like Bull Run.

Redskins20109

Just like stonewall jackson right lol 😆

larryclyons

So many easily offended triggered right wing nutter snowflakes. All I can say is

good.

Zediculous

OK Boomer

SequerePecuniam

Stated as only a non-self-aware, hypocritical lefty can state. It clearly didn't occur to you that it was easily offended lefty snowflakes who were first triggered that is causing all of the costly, nothing-burger renaming to begin with. In truth, I'm fairly certain that you lefty nutters did Stonewall Jackson a favor by taking his name off the abysmally-performing schools. I think they should have renamed one of them "larryclyons" to more accurately reflect the level of education being taught there.

todd6263

Not to be confused with the left-wing nut jobs that are patting themselves on the back and thinking they actually accomplished something useful. Whatever these schools are called, they will continue to be substandard.

NoVa Native

Putting "Unity" in front of the name? Seriously? What a joke.

CommonSense1

FAIL

Hey PW School Board, you just approved a new name that reflects the political correctness that is running wild across the country.... U R High ....great job!

Your job is to facilitate learning. Our kids are your primary customers although we parents pay the taxes. Have you walked through the high school recently? Have you reviewed the test scores that reflect minimal learning going on? You all are patting yourselves on the back with this vote, but our kids really won't benefit .

Redskins20109

they did not benefit from stonewall jackson

JimiWeaver4

Did no one on the school board pay any attention to the initials for these new names. These schools will now be U R High & U B High. Absolutely amazing

CommonSense20112

🤣

Citizen52

To be technical, the schools would be URSHS and UBMS. Yes, Unity is a cute name but I’m still a fan of not naming schools after people. There is also Unity Healthcare in DC. I hope that there’s no infringement here.

CommonSense1

The way this is going, all Virginia schools will go to the number system. "There stands PS62 like a stone wall".......

CommonSense20112

Naming these schools after white or black people just keeps racism going. Leave your politics out of the schools. There are plenty of other choices for names. Or just go with Unity High School and Unity Middle School.

Bigfoot

Janice Wellington was one of the names? Are you kidding me? Nice lady and all but come on.

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