The Confederacy loses again.
After a years-long battle, Kennard Classical Junior Academy will become Classical Junior Academy, losing the reference to the Civil War lieutenant for the southern army, Veiled Prophet founder and St. Louis businessman Samuel Kennard.
The school will eventually be renamed to honor a different figure, apparently one without a racist past or involvement in a weird and creepy pageant that sends a weird message to students. Betty Wheeler, the pioneering Black education leader who founded Metro High School, was a popular choice on a previous petition in 2018, but that part hasn't been settled yet.
But Samuel Kennard is out, which was first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Kennard's legacy has long been a problem for the Northampton magnet school. The Post-Dispatch wrote about the controversy in 2015, and the RFT reported on a petition drive in 2018.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams suggested temporarily changing the named to Classical Junior Academy for the 2020-21 school year while a permanent name is being decided, according to the Equity and Inclusion Committee, a group comprising parents and teachers at magnet school.
The issue finally made it to last week's school board meeting for approval.
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