High school named after member of KKK to change - FOX 35 News Orlando

High school named after member of KKK to change

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Students at Nathan B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville might need to repaint their school spirit banners.

Following a petition that gathered more than 160,000 signatures, the Duval County school district agreed Monday night to rename the high school which is a tribute to Confederate General and a founder of the Ku Klux Klan.

Klan members often wear ceremonial robes and carry Confederate flags while marching in protest against civil rights issues.

The KKK is often associated with violence and prejudice behavior.

The school opened in 1959. For years concerned residents pushed for a renaming but all attempts failed.  

A 2007 Florida State College study revealed an overwhelming number of responses in favor of changing the school's name but the school board voted against it.  

Officials say more than half of the school's student population is African American.

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