Robert E. Lee High School (Tyler, Texas)

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Robert E. Lee High School
411 E Southeast Loop 323
Tyler, Texas 75701-9699
United States
Coordinates 32°18′04″N 95°17′49″W / 32.30115°N 95.29688°W / 32.30115; -95.29688Coordinates: 32°18′04″N 95°17′49″W / 32.30115°N 95.29688°W / 32.30115; -95.29688
Type Public School
Motto The sun that sets may never rise but Raider spirit never dies!
Established 1958
School district Tyler Independent School District
Principal Gary Brown
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2637 [1]
Campus type Urban
Color(s)           Red and White
Athletics conference UIL Class 6A
Nickname Red Raiders
Newspaper Southern Accent [2]

Robert E. Lee High School is one of two Tyler Independent School District high school campuses in the city of Tyler, Texas, the other being John Tyler High School. RE Lee High School has served the East Texas community since opening in 1958 and classified as a 6A school by the UIL. In 2013, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[3]


In the 1960s, when Lee's mascot was the Rebel, the school was famous for its working cannon and oversized Confederate flag. A group of seniors tended the cannon at games, firing it when the Rebel football team scored a touchdown. The football team entered Rose Stadium by running under the flag, reputed to be the second largest Confederate flag in the world (second only to one owned by the University of Mississippi). By 1972, the flag was retired and its whereabouts are unknown. The flag was retired shortly after four African-American players refused to run under the flag and ran around it instead, causing some local controversy. The cannon, retired in 1986, is now the property of Brook Hill High School in Bullard, Texas.


As of the 2013-14 school year, the student body consisted of:

  • 40.0% White (Non-Hispanic)
  • 29.1% Hispanic
  • 26.2% African American
  • 2.7% Asian
  • 0.3% Native American
  • 0.1% Pacific Islander
  • 1.6% Two or More Races


Robert E. Lee High School offers a variety of Pre-AP and AP-level courses, as well as Career Technology Education programs and Fine Arts electives. Lee implemented the International Baccalaureate program in the Fall of 2008.[4]


As of 2014, Robert E. Lee High School is classified as a 6A school in District 11 along with many Garland and Rockwall Schools. The Robert E. Lee Red Raiders compete in a variety of sports including Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Powerlifting, Track, Swimming, Cross Country, and is most well known for the Tyler Lee Football Team.[5]

State Titles[edit]

  • Football [6]
    • 2004(5A/D1)
  • Boys Golf [7]
    • 1959(3A)
  • Team Tennis [8]
    • 1987(5A), 1988(5A)

Robert E. Lee High School won the 2004 football state championship by defeating Spring Westfield 28-21 at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas.

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