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Davis Magnet appears to be the first school in MS to be named after former president Obama.

The school is now named after the late Jefferson Davis. "They are very excited about the school being named for President Obama".

A Jackson, Mississippi elementary school is ditching its former name honoring the leader of the Confederacy in favor of one that honors the 44th president of the United States.

A dominantly black public school in MS named after Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States in the 1860s, will be renamed after former President Barrack Obama, according to a report released Wednesday.

In September, the board approved a policy that gave the PTA and community the option to rename Jefferson Davis, George and Lee elementary schools.

Jefferson informed trustees Tuesday that the school community had voted in favor of the new name October 5.

Janelle Jefferson, president of the school's Parent Teacher Association, said the new name will be more fitting for a school with a student population that is 98 percent black.

Davis Magnet School became an global baccalaureate school in 2005 and was ranked first among Mississippi's 403 elementary schools in September based on 2016 test scores by SchoolDigger.com.

However, the name change is still set to take place for the 2018-19 school year.

About 96 percent of students in Jackson Public Schools are African-American.

Last month, the episcopal church that Confederate commander Robert E. Lee attended when he was president of Washington and Lee College in Lexington, Virginia even voted to change its name from the Robert E. Lee Memorial Church back to its original title, the Grace Episcopal Church. Most have predominantly black student bodies.

"Our parents are movers and shakers, so I know that we can rise to the occasion to raise those funds to make sure we can implement the name change", she said.


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