Nathan B. Forrest High now Westside High; School named for Ku Klux Klan leader gets new name


A Jacksonville high school named after a former Confederate general and the co-founder of the Ku Klux Klan has a new name.

The Duval County School Board voted Tuesday to change Nathan B. Forrest High to Westside High.

The school has been known as Nathan B. Forrest since 1959. It now carries the name of the neighborhood it's located in.

The Florida Times-Union reported that the vote was unanimous and drew no discussion from board members. The vote ended a decades-long controversy over the school's name.

A school advisory had asked the board to change the name in 2007, but then-board members voted 5-2 against the change.

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