Lanier Middle School to be Renamed

Lanier Middle School to be Renamed

The City of Fairfax School Board on Monday voted to change the name of Lanier Middle School. The school was named after Sidney Lanier, a Georgia poet who served in the Confederate Army. The Sept. 14 vote was 4-1, with just Mitch Sutterfield voting no.

The School Board will vote on a new name, later this fall, to take effect in the 2021-2022 school year. Community members may send their name suggestions via or to through this Friday, Sept. 18.

“I believe this is the right moment for this change,” said School Board Chairman Carolyn Pitches. “We need a name that represents who we are and one that represents our entire community. I overwhelmingly heard from students that they want to be proud of their school.”