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What’s In A High School Name? History And Power

When Rodney Jones and Tremain McCreary walked to school on Tuesday morning, the brothers were headed to the same classrooms, to sit next to the same students, in a building with the same façade it had on Monday. But it was not the same school they had gone to the day before. “It’s a relief to me to know the […]

Jacksonville School Board Rejects KKK-Affiliated School Name

After more than a half century of controversy, Nathan B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville is looking for a new name. In 1959, Forrest High was named for Nathan Bedford Forrest—the Civil War general and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. But Monday night, on the recommendation of Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, the Duval County […]

Speakers Defend Jacksonville School Named For KKK’s First Grand Wizard

A petition to change the name of Jacksonville’s Nathan B. Forrest High School—whose namesake was the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan—has reached more than 160,000 names. Earlier this week, there was murmuring that Forrest’s School Advisory Council would address the name change at its November meeting. It would be the first step […]

Jacksonville Discusses Changing KKK-Affiliated Name Of School

The movement to change the name of Jacksonville’s Nathan B. Forrest High School—a school named for a confederate general and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan—got another hearing last night. On Thursday Jason Fischer, a Duval County School Board member, ended a town hall meeting about school board budgets by inviting comments on Forrest. Cyd […]

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