A Jacksonville high school named for Nathan Bedford Forrest -- a Confederate commander and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan -- will get a new name. The school will be known as Westside Senior High starting with the 2014-15 school year, StateImpact reported.

The school's name, adopted in 1959, has been controversial for decades but had survived earlier attempts to change it. The latest effort to change it began last summer and was supported by the Duval County school district's new superintendent, who said he didn't think such a "polarizing" name belonged on a public school.

As we wrote back in September, many schools in the South were named for Confederate leaders in the late 1950s, part of white residents resistance to the Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed segregated schools.

Robert E. Lee Middle in Orlando, for example, got its name in 1956.


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Nathan Bedford Forrest was viewed by many -- including those in Jacksonville pushing for "no more KKK high school" -- as a particularly egregious example.

Forrest was a slave trader before the Civil War, accused of war crimes during the conflict and then an early leader in the Klan.

The school's name now reflects the neighborhood in which it sits, StateImpact noted.