Former students want elementary school renamed

Former students want elementary school renamed
Former students said Harvey was like a father to them.
Former students said Harvey was like a father to them.
Students asked the Dougherty County School Board to rename Jackson Heights Elementary School after Robert H. Harvey.
Students asked the Dougherty County School Board to rename Jackson Heights Elementary School after Robert H. Harvey.

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Former students of an Albany elementary school principal want the school renamed in his honor.

On Monday night they asked the Dougherty County School Board to rename Jackson Heights Elementary School after Robert H. Harvey.

He was the school's first principal.

Former students said Harvey was like a father to them, a strict disciplinarian who made sure African American students received an equal education.

"He made sure that we had books. As a result of us having books we turned out to be pretty good students. We just want to say to the board that if a school is worth naming after a person that's alive, Mr. Harvey certainly is the one," said Henry Mathis, a former student.

Robert Harvey is now 94-years-old.

The school superintendent said he will discuss the proposal with the board.

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