Greensboro, NC --A Greensboro school will be named after a civil rights activist, George C. Simkins, Jr.
The Guilford County Board of Education approved the name for the Southest Area Elementary that is set to open in August of 2014.
It's one of the district's 2008 School Construction Bond projects and will be located at 3511 E. Lee St. in Greensboro.
Simkins was a longtime civil rights activist from Greensboro who was president of the local NAACP chapter from 1959 to 1984. He led efforts to integrate the public schools, public libraries, hospitals and municipal tennis and golf facilities peacefully. He also was among those whose lawsuit resulted in a federal judge ordering the Greensboro City Schools in 1971 to use busing to bring about integration of the schools.
The new school will serve approximately 700 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
It will relieve congestion at Alamance Elementary and potential overcrowding at Sedalia Elementary and McLeansville Elementary.
The school is scheduled to open in August 2014.
*Information from Guilford County Schools.