- Associated Press - Friday, April 9, 2021

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The Alexandria City Public Schools in northern Virginia has renamed two schools whose previous names had ties to racism.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that the school system renamed its flagship high school as well as an elementary school.

The high school was named after T.C. Williams. He was a racist former superintendent who sought to prevent integration in the 1950s and claimed that Black and white students learn differently.

The school, which gained fame with the 2000 football film “Remember the Titans,” is now named Alexandria City High School.

Matthew Maury Elementary School had been named for a Confederate naval officer. It will become Naomi L. Brooks Elementary School. The name honors a beloved Alexandria teacher who died in 2020.

The new names were adopted by the Alexandria School Board Thursday and will take effect in July. The school district of 16,000 had sought public input on the renaming.

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