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BEATEN TO THE PUNCH? San Antonio Considering Name Change of Secondary School To ‘Tim Duncan High School’

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SAN ANTONIO — Imagine going to “Tim Duncan High” where the fundamentals of learning are key.

How about “Gregg Popovich High School” where students are taught to check their egos at the door and to keep pounding that rock.

A Texas school trying to shed its Confederate ties is considering changing the name of Robert E. Lee High School to something more palatable today.

The San Antonio school board unanimously voted in late August to change the name of Robert E. Lee.

Two years ago, the North East Independent School District (NEISD) of Texas voted to keep the name but after recent events such as what happened in Charlottesville, the board decided it was time to revisit the issue. The name change, once decided, will happen next year.

Duncan, Popovich and former San Antonio Spurs legend David Robinson’s names were submitted in the name change list.

Other names for the school include “Jar Jar Binks” from Star Wars, “Bruce Lee” and other colorful suggestions.

The board will consider the list at a meeting scheduled for Oct. 9 including Duncan, Pop, and Robinson’s name.

The name change, once decided, will happen next year.

But the biggest question of all is why isn’t this kind of talk happening in the territory?

Especially after Duncan came to the aid of all the islands after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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