Fla. School Named for South General to Be Changed

Derek Kinner, Yahoo! News, December 17, 2013

A Florida school board has decided to end a decades-long controversy and rename a high school now named for a Confederate general and honorary Ku Klux Klan leader that some historical records say ordered the execution of hundreds of black Union soldiers.

The Duval County School Board said it was following the will of its students Monday when it voted unanimously to change the name of Nathan B. Forrest High in Jacksonville. The change will take place next year once a new name is chosen, said Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

“What I want is for students at Nathan Bedford Forrest to use this as a civics lesson,” Vitti said. He said he hopes students realize that they can make a difference.

Vitti said a majority of students surveyed voiced support for dropping Forrest’s name, given his history as a slave trader and some accounts that blame him for issuing an order to execute captured black Union soldiers during the Civil War.


“Everybody is glad about it,” De’jia Boatwright, a 15-year old 10th grader at the school.

About half of the faculty and a majority of alumni surveyed disagreed with the name change, but 64 percent of students at the black-majority high school were in favor of dropping the name. The school board said it based its decision on what the students wanted.

The name of the school has been a source of controversy for decades, with school officials continuously refusing to change it despite numerous protests.

Forrest High opened as an all-white school in the 1950s. Its name was suggested by the Daughters of the Confederacy, who saw it as a protest to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that eventually integrated the nation’s public schools.


Some accounts said Forrest ordered black prisoners to be massacred after a victory at Tennessee’s Fort Pillow in 1864, though historians question the validity of the claims.

In 1867, the newly formed Klan elected Forrest its honorary Grand Wizard or national leader, but he publicly denied being involved. In 1869, he ordered the Klan to disband because of the members’ increasing violence. Two years later, a congressional investigation concluded his involvement had been limited to his attempt to disband it.


The Florida Times-Union quoted Vitti as saying it will cost about $400,000 to change the name on signs, sports uniforms and the gym floor.


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  • David Ashton

    Reminds me of the plan to change the name of the excellent former grammar school in outer London, England, from Leytonstone Girls, to the “Winnie Mandela High”. Reportedly the Governors narrowly prevented this development, perhaps unfortunately since only a short time afterwards the lady concerned was accused of child murder, an “own goal” closely avoided. Still, maybe some clown will revive the notion after the global media celebration of the husband who, according to Desmond Tutu, “really loved her”. You never know your (bad) luck.

  • Puggg

    “What I want is for students at Nathan Bedford Forrest to use this as a
    civics lesson,” Vitti said. He said he hopes students realize that they
    can make a difference.

    58% black, 26% white, 10% hispanic. That’s all most of these students in this school will be able to do, is scream and agitate. Because learning seems to be out of the question.

  • bigone4u

    When adult educators make decisions based on what students want, you know the end of our false reality is near. I can’t wait for a return to real education and real discipline, not the Potemkin Villiage of lies, mindless egalitarianism, and political correctness that now exists.

    • MBlanc46

      That’s just what I thought.

  • smedley

    Al Sharpton’s Crack Whore Academy. Sounds reasonable to me.

    • Pro_Whitey

      I think you have a point. Forrest would not want to be associated with the students now.
      As for the repeated cites of Fort Pillow, William T. Sherman investigated that incident ,and concluded that Forrest and his officers acted promptly to put a stop to the shooting of prisoners, and that such events occasionally happen in the heat of war. Given what I know of Sherman and Northern vengeance (note that the commandant of Andersonville was executed), I think if Sherman had grounds to have had Forrest shot or hanged, he would have done it. That he did not speaks volumes. But now Glenn Beck makes the claim that some of the black soldiers there were skinned, an allegation I have never heard outside of Beck’s show. A new, false history is being constructed.

  • Chip Carver

    The decision was not based on what “students want”. Blacks as a group are not students. They take up space in schools, but few are there to learn. The people in charge of this country, and they aren’t Americans, wanted this. To continue the brainwashing. We still haven’t see the end of Nelson Mandela’s death on the national or local news programs. This falls right in line.

  • dd121

    Forrest was our greatest White Nationalist. His name should be preserved for all time.

    • The Verdict of History

      The first step in the multiculturalist and neo-Marxist strategy against nations has always been to target the symbols which commemorate unifying historical experiences.

      These symbols are emblems of people-hood and nationhood, since they serve this unifying function.

      In explicitly attacking these sorts of symbols, the Neo-Marxists have revealed their hope to weaken the sense of collective Southern White identity – they want to alienate the Southern people from their past. Sinister

      recall ….(during the 1920s, the Bolsheviks attacked symbols of the Russian Orthodox Church and other artifacts).

      Preservation of European cultural artifacts (spiritual, material and symbolic) is of utmost import for our eternal struggle against the Neo-Marxists.

      Attacks on symbols which venerate the triumphs of European Americans are intended to undermine the cultural integrity of the (genuine) White American nation.

      If we are to survive, this neo-Marxist Revolt Against Civilization absolutely MUST be overcome.

  • D.B. Cooper

    I’ll bet $10,000 that the new name will be a minority.
    Any takers?

    • dukem1

      $400k to change the gym floor
      Mini- Zimbabwe.

      • Sports are the most important thing to black schools, so much so that the raison d’etre of black high schools is sports. So you know they’ll find those 400 big ones. It’ll be the first thing they do.

  • rowingfool

    No doubt grade point averages and SAT scores will surge now that this terrible impediment to education is removed from student’s minds.

    Lordy be! I never thought I’d live to see the day! We be Free! Free at last! Let our chillun’s learnin’ soar now that this yoke has been lifted from their backs. You can’t hold the Black Man down no more!

  • D.B. Cooper

    What’s good is that on the original Yahoo! article, about 99% of all comments were anti-black.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Negro-fatigue is becoming more widespread with every passing day. Even whites who believe every race is equal are getting sick of hearing their endless whining about everything.

      • Sick of it

        They’re really getting sick of working themselves to the bone, only to give up 50% or more of their income so these blacks can live better on welfare than they can while working.

        • LaSantaHermandad

          And beaten, raped and murdered on their way home from work!

    • jane johnson

      I sent this story in yesterday, right after the vote, and included a link to the local coverage, as well as the name of another local school named after a self-proclaimed, black socialist (a. Philip Randolph). The local comment section was up to 860+, with the vast majority voicing “strong” opposition to the change.

  • bubo

    I’m a graduate of this school. The leftists did a good job at rabble rousing and promoting the narrative of “KKK” school. Pure leftist trash. That said, the school and it’s overwhelming black student body are a stain on General Forrest’s name. It, like all black schools, is a cauldron of failure.

    • refocus

      In Houston the “students” throw chairs at the white teachers and call them whores and bitches. It starts in elementary school. As they get bigger they adopt spitting on the teachers as a thrown chair might kill the teacher and get the student some jail time. Many of the inner city elementary schools have a weekend feeding program.

      • mobilebay

        refocus, every time I see a story like this, I can hardly believe this is the same world in which I grew up. I was educated in church schools from K-College. Discipline was important. Without it there is no learning. Later, when I taught school, this sort of behavior was still unheard of. I don’t think any amount of money would lure me back to the classroom today. Unbelievable!

  • Druid

    A little off subject about Gen. Forrest. I wonder what would’ve happened if he’d gotten command of the Army of Tennessee before Braxton Bragg had destroyed the Army???

    • Sick of it

      Something tells me that if he were in charge of the entire Confederate war effort, we would have won and most likely via guerrilla warfare until the Yankees were bled dry of human beings.

    • Geo1metric

      “…to sleep, perchance to dream…”!!

  • Spartacus

    I can provide the idea, if someone can provide the gasoline and matches.

    • Katherine McChesney

      For a 40 ounce and a pair of Air Jordans a ‘Treyvon’ lookalike would donate the man power.

  • dave

    Black privildge is alive and well in the US. The white race better wake up and it better be soon. We are going to be a minority in 2025. It’s time we start fighting back or we will end up like the whites in S. Africa.

  • Nelson Mandela Kollege Preparatory School?


    NBF Where are you when we need you?

  • Xerxes22

    I doubt that few if any Blacks knew who Nathan B. Forrest was before all this mess started. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti sends out a slanted survey asking the students if they want to change the name of their school from that of its current racist Confederate KKK leader and slave trader who massacred Black soldiers who were trying to surrender. Naturally, a majority answered yes. Leftists , like Vitti always try to hide their agenda and pretend that that they are simply responding to the wishes of the people.

  • Do most of Hooker Middle School students end up as hookers?

  • LeGrandDerangement

    Or Clinton