Education

Lejeune High alums win fight to keep school’s name from changing

“I think Walter B. Jones would be happy with the decision. I believe he deserves to be honored, so I hope a fitting federal building will be named in his memory.”

— Lisa Beaver, a 1986 Lejeune High graduate who teachers at the school 

Alumni of Lejeune High School are reporting the school’s name will remain the same.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat who represents parts of San Mateo County and San Francisco, had filed an amendment to the national defense bill to rename the high school in honor of the late North Carolina congressman Walter B. Jones, who died in February.

Ric Logg, who attended the school from 1978-81, posted on his Facebook page Thursday that Lejeune High School Principal Eric Steimel was notified that the effort to rename the school was not included in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“The name of our school will remain as Lejeune High School!” Logg wrote.

Lejeune High alums, Marines and others vigorously opposed renaming the school.

“I am very excited that the process — Lejeune alumni and students letter writing, contacting State Representatives, State senators around the country, appealing to Base Commands and local politicians, attending town halls, signing petitions, as well as appealing to the media — was successful and we are still Lejeune High School,” said Lisa Beaver, a 1986 graduate who teachers at the school. “I think Walter B. Jones would be happy with the decision. I believe he deserves to be honored, so I hope a fitting federal building will be named in his memory.”

A staffer in the office of Todd Curkendall, Camp Lejeune’s community superintendent, said the news that the school’s name will remain Lejeune High School is accurate.

Lejeune High School

The staffer said any further comment must come through the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), which oversees schools on military bases.

DoDEA staffers had not returned Policy Watch calls by Thursday afternoon.

Speier and Jones, the longtime Republican lawmaker from Eastern North Carolina, were colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee. Jones often visited Lejeune High, a school of roughly 500 military dependents, to meet with students.

The school was founded in 1944 as Camp Lejeune High School but was renamed Lejeune High School in 1990.

The base and the high school are named in honor of Lt. Gen. John Archer Lejeune. Lejeune is widely considered the greatest Marine to ever wear the uniform.

3 Comments


  1. Barbara-Anne Iverson

    September 27, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    The comment that the school was renamed Lejeune High school in 1990 is inaccurate. I am a Devilpup from back in the 70’s and we were LHS back then.

  2. Caroline Albert

    September 27, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    From 1973 it was Lejeune High School and earlier!

  3. Tina Calo

    September 30, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Post another win for the good guys. Brat history is wrapped up in the names and should remain that way.
    This is just like the woman who came in from somewhere and tried to change the Brat name. Our DoDDS schools have had a few name changes but not due to the whim of someone not connected in some way. For instance, Rhein Main schools were renamed for the Berlin Air Lift commander and the Candy Bomber. People can always build a new school and name it after someone but leave the old ones alone so we can relive the history of dependent schools since 1946.

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