John H. Reagan name removed in Austin, remains in Oak Cliff

John H. Reagan circa 1860 (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)
John H. Reagan circa 1860 (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

The Austin school board voted 7-2 Monday night to rename five schools named for Confederate figures, including John H. Reagan High School.

When Dallas ISD voted unanimously last fall to remove the names of Confederate generals from four schools, they left John H. Reagan Elementary School as-is.

They voted to change the names of William L. Cabell, Stonewall Jackson, Albert Sidney Johnston and Robert E. Lee schools.

Reagan Elementary, in the Bishop Arts area, is a high-performing school where the majority of students are low-income people of color.

John H. Reagan served the Confederate government as postmaster, and he was captured at the end of the war with Robert E. Lee. He subsequently had a long career in Texas politics and was a beloved figure at the time of his death in 1905, when the Oak Cliff school was named.

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