Robert E. Lee High School (Tyler, Texas)

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Robert E. Lee High School
Robert E. Lee High School is located in Texas
Robert E. Lee High School
Robert E. Lee High School
Robert E. Lee High School is located in the United States
Robert E. Lee High School
Robert E. Lee High School
411 E Southeast Loop 323


Coordinates32°18′04″N 95°17′49″W / 32.30115°N 95.29688°W / 32.30115; -95.29688Coordinates: 32°18′04″N 95°17′49″W / 32.30115°N 95.29688°W / 32.30115; -95.29688
TypePublic School
MottoThe sun that sets may never rise but Raider spirit never dies!
School districtTyler Independent School District
PrincipalDaniel Crawford
Enrollment2,514 (2016-17)[1]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)          Red and White
Athletics conferenceUIL Class 6A
NicknameRed Raiders
NewspaperSouthern Accent [2]

Robert E. Lee High School is one of two Tyler Independent School District high school campuses in the city of Tyler, Texas, the other being John Tyler High School. RE Lee High School has served the East Texas community since opening in 1958 and classified as a 6A school by the UIL. In 2013, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[3]


Circa 2017-2018 there was a debate in the Tyler community on whether the school's name should change, as Robert E. Lee became a controversial figure. In 2018 the district's board decided not to vote on a possible renaming, so the school kept its name.[4]


In the 1960s, when Lee's mascot was the Rebel, the school was famous for its working cannon and oversized Confederate flag. A group of seniors tended the cannon at games, firing it when the Rebel football team scored a touchdown. The football team entered Rose Stadium by running under the flag, reputed to be the second largest Confederate flag in the world (second only to one owned by the University of Mississippi). By 1972, the flag was retired and its whereabouts are unknown. The flag was retired shortly after four African-American players refused to run under the flag and ran around it instead, causing some local controversy. The cannon, retired in 1986, is now the property of Brook Hill School in Bullard, Texas.


As of the 2013-14 school year, the student body consisted of:

  • 40.0% White (Non-Hispanic)
  • 29.1% Hispanic
  • 26.2% African American
  • 2.7% Asian
  • 0.3% Native American
  • 0.1% Pacific Islander
  • 1.6% Two or More Races


Robert E. Lee High School offers a variety of Pre-AP and AP-level courses, as well as Career Technology Education programs and Fine Arts electives. Lee implemented the International Baccalaureate program in the Fall of 2008.[5]


As of 2014, Robert E. Lee High School is classified as a 6A school in District 11 along with many Garland and Rockwall Schools. The Robert E. Lee Red Raiders compete in a variety of sports including Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Powerlifting, Track, Swimming, Cross Country, and is most well known for the Tyler Lee Football Team.[6]

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  1. ^ "ROBERT E LEE H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Southern Accent : Tyler Lee's home for all things Lee News Media".
  3. ^ "2013 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency. Archived from the original on 2013-06-15.
  4. ^ McCoy, Cory (2018-08-06). "Tyler ISD's Robert E. Lee High School name to remain". Tyler Morning Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
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  8. ^ "UIL Boys Golf State Champions". Archived from the original on 2012-03-01.
  9. ^ "UIL Team Tennis State Champions". Archived from the original on 2015-10-24.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-04. Retrieved 2013-04-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Detroit Lions: Brandon Pettigrew".

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