Florida School to Change KKK-Inspired Name

Nathan B. Forrest High School, named for a Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, will be renamed

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A Florida school district has voted to change a high school name that honors a late Ku Klux Klan leader and slave trader.

Nathan B. Forrest High School, which is named for the Ku Klux Klan’s first Grand Wizard, will be renamed as something else, the Duval County Public School Board announced after an unanimous vote Monday, the Washington Post reports.

A Change.org petition signed by more than 160,000 people raised the issue, prompting a response from an “imperial kaltrop” of the KKK, who wrote a letter to the board asking them to keep the name, the Post reports. School officials spent almost a month seeking input from current and former students and community members about removing the name. The name change was first suggested in 2007 by the School Advisory Council,  but the board struck down the proposal in a 5-2 vote.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said politics played a part in the initial naming of the school in 1959.

“That was not the will of the students and considering the opinion of the students in this process I think it is an opportunity to give voice to students whose voices were not heard in the beginning and can certainly be heard now,” she said.

Vitti said students, alumni and community members will vote on a new name this week, most likely to be West Side High or Firestone High, the Florida Times-Union reports. The board is aiming to announce a new name at the next meeting Jan. 7.

[Florida Times-Union]

9 comments
Karl
Karl

 "He was the only Confederate cavalryman of whom Grant stood in much dread," a friend of Grant's was quoted as saying.

raindog308
raindog308

How can Time fail to mention that Forrest is primarily known for being one of the most significant generals in US history and a prominent figure in Civil War history?  This article makes it sound like he is only known as a Klansman.  Lame, lazy reporting, so typical of People magazine.  Er, I mean Time...wait...they're the same...

SnarfCPNB
SnarfCPNB

@raindog308 As may be, but to those for whom this is important (myself included), the KKK thing is hard to overlook.

sandooch
sandooch

So what do we do with the entire Democratic Party, the founders of the KKK?

Afroblue
Afroblue

@sandooch Nothing being that all the Klansman migrated to the Republican Party!

SnarfCPNB
SnarfCPNB

@sandooch Well, I'd agree and say that they were, in fact.  But obviously their aren't as many in the Democratic party anymore.  Doesn't change the fact that the school shouldn't be named after a soldier on the wrong side of history.


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