In 1928, in the tradition of Texas mandated segregation, the Goose Creek Independent School District, founded and named Baytown’s first high school in Robert E. Lee’s honor. This was a White majority segregation decision. For the Black community, and especially for our Black students, Robert E. Lee’s legacy has been both a symbol and also a vivid reminder that slavery, segregation, racism, and more importantly, White supremacy were Lee’s fundamental convictions.
Unfortunately, Black and White students were not allowed to attend Robert E. Lee High School classes until the 1967 due to segregation. Therefore, for 92 years, the Baytown community paid a tremendous price in taxes for segregated education. The Black and White students could have been attending schools together and it would have saved the community thousands of dollars.