There's been numerous calls by people and via online petitions to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School.
However, one of those online petitions posted on November 12, has already garnered more than 1,500 signatures. It sought only 1,000.
"I propose, if the school board is going to make such a case to community, why not honor one of our more recent, local heroes: Gregg Popovich," the petitioner wrote.
Here's another excerpt from the petition:
I know this may come off as a joke, but I am being completely serious. He is loved and revered all over the country as the best coach in all of sports and one of the greatest coaches of all time. He started his NBA coaching career in San Antonio with Larry Brown and except for a few years when he went to Golden State, he has been in San Antonio ever since. He has been instrumental in creating an organizational culture in the Spurs which is the envy of the entire NBA. His capacity for leadership, personnel development, and work ethic should be something we teach our kids to strive for and should be honored. He is also a graduate of the Air Force Academy and will serve as the US national team coach for the next Olympic cycle. Therefore, I make my plea to the NEISD school board to honor the man who has been a fixture of our community. Do not name the school after someone who has no connection to our community (Cesar Chavez, George W Lee, etc).
Last night, before the Spurs beat Denver 109-98, Coach Pop told media that the idea is ridiculous.
"I don't need anything named after me," Pop said, according to KSAT.
The Northeast Independent School District school board will consider on Dec. 7 if the school should be renamed.