School official explains why ‘Dixie’ is being replaced with new fight song at Patrick Henry H.S.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, VA (WJHL)- A long standing tradition at a Southwest Virginia high school is changing, and it has some community members upset.

Viewers told News Channel 11 starting this Fall, the song “Dixie” would no longer be played at Patrick Henry High School football games and other sporting events.

Late Thursday afternoon we were able to get in touch with Washington County, Va., Schools Assistant Superintendent Jeff Noe.

He said while he understands the song Dixie has been played at football games and other school events in the past, Patrick Henry has never had an official fight song—something that is changing this school year. 

“There’s not been an official school fight song in the past,and they’ve worked on creating one, and they are going to implement that into their band music…they are going to use that in the ball games, it’s a song, I think from what I understand, I have not heard it or seen the lyrics yet, but it embraces the whole community and brings everyone in the community together and exemplifies what a Patrick Henry Rebel is,” Noe said.

When we asked Noe what the reason was behind the change he said, “I think it’s just an effort to have a song that identifies with Patrick Henry High School, embraces the whole school community,” Noe said.

Some community members told News Channel 11 they we’re not happy about the change, so we asked Noe if he’s heard from people in the community.

“There’s been a couple of people to call and or e-mail with concerns or questions, I guess more so than concerns, but some with concerns as well, so there’s been a little bit of a reaction, just wanting some explanation and a conversation about the change,” Noe said. 

There is also change.org petition that had more than 200 signatures as of Thursday evening, asking for the song Dixie to stay.

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