Dallas school named after Confederate general picks new name


DALLAS (AP) — Students at a Dallas middle school who last month voted to drop a Confederate general’s name as the moniker for their school have chosen a new name.

Students at John B. Hood Middle School voted to change its name to Piedmont Global Academy on Monday.

Piedmont is a housing addition in the area known as Pleasant Grove, southeast of downtown Dallas.

Sixty-three percent of the school’s students chose the new name over Helen A. Keller, which received 27 percent of the votes, and Mahatma Gandhi, which received 10 percent of the votes.

Community members and former students will be able to comment before the recommendation is forwarded to the Dallas Independent School District. The district’s board of trustees will give the final approval.

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