(WTEV-TV) A high-ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan is urging the Duval County School Board not to change the name of a local high school.

Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate Army general, grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and the namesake of a high school on Jacksonville’s Westside.

For many, a school name evokes a sense of pride. That hasn’t been the case recently at N.B. Forrest High.

More than 117,000 people signed an online petition demanding that the school district change the name.

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