A high school in Jacksonville, Florida that is strapped for cash decided they would use about $220,000 dollars to change signs and the name of their school. The decision was made a few months back and now the new signs are getting ready to go up.
And what is so terrible about the old name? The school was named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first leader of the Ku Klux Klan. This is just one example of how honored his name and the Klan use to be among the general population.
Some tried to change the name back in 2007, but board members at the time voted against it. And Joan Miller Cooper, a former student wanted to keep the old name. She told the school board that the new name is too closely associated with the Westside Mafia gang.
Even though there was an outcry to change the name, only $2,087 was collected to do so. Now it’s up to taxpayers.