San Antonio’s Robert E. Lee High School has changed its name and changed its mascot, effective this upcoming school year.
But after the switch to Legacy of Educational Excellence High School (LEE, get it?) and making its “Volunteers” mascot a service dog — what does the school do with the items branded “Robert E. Lee” or featuring the “Grumpy Gus” Confederate soldier mascot?
It is auctioning them off online.
The school is building a museum to house some of the items telling the school’s history — school opened in 1958 and until 1991 used images of the Confederate battle flag on the uniforms for athletes and band members — but with more than 1,000 extra items and a good deal of community interest, it decided to auction them off.
The auction begins on July 16 and runs through July 30. Items up for bids include chairs, books, banners, cups, bags, clothing and more.
A San Antonio Express-News story reports that many alumni are as unhappy with the auction as they are with the name change.