School Named For Confederate General To Be Renamed For Hank Aaron

Late baseball legend Hank Aaron is getting a school named after him following a unanimous vote by the school board to change the name from a Confederate general.

The Atlanta School Board voted to change the name of Forrest Hill Academy and rename it for Aaron, who broke Babe Ruth’s record for career home runs while playing for the Braves in 1974. The school is currently named for Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and is a public alternative school for middle- and high-schoolers.

Per AL.com, the school will now be called Hank Aaron New Beginnings Academy, and the name change will go into effect this year.

“According to board policy, a person must be dead for five years before a school can be named for that person unless the board votes unanimously on the measure,” AL.com noted.

Aaron died in January at the age of 86. The anniversary of his record-setting 715th home run took place last week.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Basically came down to say the same thing everyone else seems to be saying. The whole notion of jumping to rename things is usually disingenuous and often just dumb; this, however, is a good choice. I hope they make a classroom #715 and another #755. RIP Hank.

  2. On other words, anyone in the Confederate Army fought for slavery and was therefore evil. I’m pretty sure slavery wasn’t the reason for the Civil War, but that’s what we’re told, relentlessly.

    I once read a statistic that, in the height of slavery in the South, ~5% of the population owned slaves. That’s 1 outta 20.

    Nothing wrong with honoring #44, but why not name a new school after him?

  3. By all means name a school after the great Hank Aaron but why not a new school? Yes, Nathan Bedford Forrest was/is a controversial figure (a slave trader before the Civil War and a brilliant self taught cavalry tactician during it, and the only soldier to go from private to full general) but dig a little deeper into history and you’ll find he had many regrets and was a proponent for African Americans and that African Americans recognized him as such during the later years of his life.

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