Students Call for Atlanta High School to be Renamed

Posted at 8:28 AM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 08:28:00-05

ATLANTA (AP) — The newspaper staff at Atlanta's Grady High School is calling for the removal of their school's name.

News outlets report that an editorial published last week in Grady's student newspaper called Henry Woodfin Grady a "white supremacist" and suggested alternative names, including Ida B. Wells, John Lewis, Andrew Young or Jimmy Carter.

The editorial says Grady, an editor of and part owner of the Atlanta Constitution, promoted his vision of the New South, a vision that depended on maintaining white supremacy.

The editorial also notes that a Houston school board last month voted to change the name of the former Henry W. Grady High School.

Atlanta Public Schools said in a statement that the school must follow board policy, including appointing a special committee, if it wishes to change the name.