Should new APS school be named for Mae Jemison or Neil deGrasse Tyson?

The suggested names for Atlanta’s new school focused on science, technology, engineering and math include a who’s who of African-American science heroes.

Several people suggested naming the school in honor of Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space, according to records The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained under the Georgia Open Records Act.

Also popular: astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and President Barack Obama, who isn’t technically a scientist but has fired a marshmallow cannon at his annual White House science fair.

The new K-8 STEM school will be in the former Kennedy Middle School building. It replaces Bethune Elementary, which the Atlanta school board voted to close earlier this year.

Other nominations include:

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Byron Amos, the school board member who represents the school, proposed the Dr. Mary M. Bethune - Dr. Pearlie C. Dove Educational Complex. And Diamond Jack, the new school’s principal, pitched Atlanta Innovation Academy.

A school naming committee will meet one last time on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Kennedy Middle School to finalize its recommendation to the full school board.

Update: The school was named the Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy.

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