Neither the major school districts in metro Atlanta nor the Georgia Department of Education reported receiving complaints from the public about schools named after Confederates. Perhaps that is because the source of the names is lost in the past, a mystery to those who live and work in the shadows of these schoolhouses.
Many of the names were bestowed at the beginning of the 20th century, as Georgia and the South were still smarting after the Civil War and the federal controls of Reconstruction. Georgians began naming counties, military facilities, schools and school districts to honor the Confederate leaders. It was also a way, some say, to stick it to Yankees at a time segregationist sentiment was high in the South.