Biography of Lee
Robert E. Lee with the Lee flag

General Robert E. Lee

namesake for

Robert E. Lee High School

Lee Seal Like its namesake, Robert E. Lee High School is high in spirit, rich in tradition, and has a great regard for educational values.
Robert E. Lee was born at Stratford in Virginia on January 19, 1807. As a young man, he pursued his interests in engineering at West Point upon appointment by Andrew Jackson. At this point in his life his genius as a military strategist appeared, and he was singularly honored upon graduation when he was named Cadet-Adjutant. He ranked second scholastically in his class. His integrity was further demonstrated by the fact that he completed four years of military training at West Point without receiving a single demerit - a feat difficult to duplicate.

While serving in the Army of the United States, his loyalty and devotion to the South compelled him to refuse a generalship in the Union Army and to return once more to Virginia and the Confederate Army. When the war was over, once more his mettle as a man came to the fore as he gallantly strove to help the South regroup and reconstruct its tattered and torn remnants of glory. Lee and his famous horse, Traveler, became symbols of honor and glory for all men to emulate.

Not only was he successful on the battlefield, as a military commander, he began in 1865 a second career as President of Washington College, which later became Washington and Lee University. His statesmanship was further exemplified when upon his acceptance of the Presidency of the college he spoke these words stating the conditions under which he accepted: "I think it is the duty of every citizen in the present condition of the country, to do all in his power to aid in the restoration of peace, and harmony, and in no way oppose the policy of the State or General Government directed to that end. It is particularly incumbent on those charged with the instruction of the youth of the country to set them an example of submission to authority, and I could not consent to be the subject of animadversion (unfavorable comment) upon the college."

 On September 15, 1865, he started his new post. Few realized what this step would mean to the South when this great man took "the road from Appomattox to Lexington, the road from civil contention to the wiser and wider education of Confederates, their younger brothers, their sons, and their son's sons." And so with pride we hail to thee and thy name forever - Robert E. Lee a great man.