Nashville high school to be named after civil rights leader Rev. James Lawson
Rev. James Lawson (Vanderbilt University)
Nashville’s newest public high school will be named in honor of the Rev. James Lawson, a civil rights icon and Vanderbilt University Distinguished Professor, emeritus.
The Metro Nashville Board of Education voted unanimously on Nov. 23 to recognize Lawson, after board member and Vanderbilt alumna Abigail Tylor advocated for the change. The new school, which replaces Hillwood High School, is slated to open in the Bellevue neighborhood in 2023.