Mississippi School Replaces Jefferson Davis' Name With Barack Obama, Upgrade

More than a dozen other schools across the country are named after the former commander-in-chief, mostly educational institutions with a large minority population among its students. Davis is named after Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy.

Former president Barack Obama, according to The Clarion-Ledger.

According to Mississippi Today, the magnet school named after Jefferson Davis, the senator who became the first President of the Confederate States of America, has chose to change its name.

A public elementary school in MS named after the president of the Confederacy will be renamed to honor the first black president of the United States. Parents, students and school staff were given two weeks to submit recommendations, and they voted using paper ballots on October 5. The president of the school's Parent-Teacher Association told the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees on Tuesday night (Oct. 17) that "school stakeholders" voted to change the school's name to Barack Obama Magnet IB. The decision to name the school after Obama was made on October 6.

"Even the kindergartners participated", she said.

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

About 96 percent of students in Jackson Public Schools are African-American. He served as president of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

About 20 schools across the United States are named for Obama, the nation's first black president, according to Education Week.

Students from each class were able to give presentations on the name they most preferred.

The new name will not go into effect until the 2018-19 school year, but it is something to look forward to in the coming year!

The violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last month intensified the debate over what place Confederate memorials have in society.

  • Essie Rivera