JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida school board has decided to end a decades-long controversy and rename a high school now named for a Confederate general and honorary Ku Klux Klan leader that some historical records say ordered the execution of hundreds of black Union soldiers.
The Duval County School Board said it was following the will of its students Monday when it voted unanimously to change the name of Nathan B. Forrest High in Jacksonville. The change will take place next year once a new name is chosen, said Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.
‘‘What I want is for students at Nathan Bedford Forrest to use this as a civics lesson,’’ Vitti said. He said he hopes students realize that they can make a difference. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.