San Diego Unified School District has been considering changing the name of the Paradise Hills school since people brought it up as being synonymous with hatred and segregation.
Meeting attendees were a mix of those passionately defending the name and those arguing against it.
"You'd be better off naming the school after Osama bin Laden. He killed less Americans than Robert E. Lee," said one man.
Others defended Lee's name.
"He spent only a few years as a Confederate general. He did it as his duty to his state of Virginia, not 'cause he had slaves," one woman said.
No action on the name change was taken, and it may not happen until February or March, when the school board will make the final decision.