The Robert E. Lee High School was constructed in 1926 as the City of Staunton’s first separate school for secondary education. During the period of significance it was the only high school in the city. As a result of its singular position in the community, nearly every person who grew to adulthood in the city walked the halls of this edifice. Its commanding presence on a hill across from the very popular historic Gypsy Hill Park contributed to the school’s daily influence on the community. As the residential areas around the high school have built up, the sports field located between the school and Churchville Avenue has remained open, enhancing the presence of the school and impressing upon the community the importance of education. Notable among R.E. Lee High School graduates are the country music legends, the Statler Brothers.