2021 | Schools

Colors, mascot announced for future Odessa Shannon Middle School

Plus: Quince Orchard principal, Wheaton Woods teacher finalists for honors

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Colors, mascot announced for future Odessa Shannon Middle School

When Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School in Silver Spring is renamed in July, it will also have a new mascot and school colors.

In a video message, MCPS announced that the school, which will be renamed Odessa Shannon Middle School, will use wolves as its mascot. Its school colors will be blue and light green.

Blue was the top color families chose in a preference survey, and light green was Odessa Shannon’s favorite color, according to MCPS.

Shannon, who died in May 2020 at age 91, was a former school board member and special assistant to then-Montgomery County Executive Charles Gilchrist.

From 1995 to 2008, she was the executive director of the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission. She also was the founder of the county’s Human Rights Hall of Fame.

The school board decided to rename Lee Middle School because of its namesake’s racist history.

Col. E. Brooke Lee is credited with creating the first land use and zoning system in Montgomery County, but historians say he purposely attached racially restrictive policies prohibiting African Americans from buying or renting homes in subdivisions, according to county reports.

A county historian characterized Lee as “an unrepentant segregationist up until the bitter end.”

Lee died in 1984. Bruce Lee, a descendant still in the area, said last year that the family understands and supports the name change.

Quince Orchard principal, Wheaton Woods teacher finalists for honors

Elizabeth Thomas, the principal of Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, was recently named one of 12 finalists for the Washington Post Principal of the Year honors.

Catherine Miller, a Wheaton Woods Elementary School teacher, was a finalist for the newspaper’s Teacher of the Year award. There were 17 finalists for the Teacher of the Year award.

The winner of the Principal of the Year award was Denise Lancaster of Deep Run Elementary School in Howard County. Teacher of the Year was Philip Arnold,of the Career and Technology Center in Frederick County. Both will receive a $7,500 prize.

Each finalist was chosen by their respective school district.