Atlanta School Marks New Name After Students Demanded Change

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta high school is marking its new name and a larger building after students said the old name was offensive and pushed to remove it.

Midtown High School hosted a ceremony this week to highlight the new name of the former Henry W. Grady High School, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Students had complained for years that their school was named after Grady, a newspaper editor who advocated for white supremacy after the Civil War.

While credited by many with helping in the rebirth of Atlanta after the war, Grady also wrote editorials and gave speeches that ignored the plight of Black people in the region.

Grady was an editor and part-owner of The Atlanta Constitution.