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John F. Kennedy High School students learn about JFK's legacy

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WINSTON-SALEM -- John F. Kennedy High School in Winston-Salem is one of the only schools in the state named for the late president. The school opened the same year JFK was assassinated. Students spent the day remembering his life and legacy.

“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. What do you think that means?” WSFC school board member Buddy Collins asked students.

It's one of the many famous quotes from John F. Kennedy, a person students are getting to know a little bit better.

“He was a great president, and a lot of people looked up to him as role model,” ninth grade student Alan Navarro said.

And while his life ended long before theirs began, the students say in the days leading up to the 50th anniversary of his assassination, they're getting a better sense of the legacy he left behind.

“All those things that our teacher writes up on the board that he said and all the speeches we've heard on the computer, it's really, really helped a lot,” ninth grade student Briannia Smith said.

And it doesn't hurt either that their school is one of the only schools in the state named for the late president.

“When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, this building was named after John F. Kennedy, and Parkland High School was named after the hospital where he died,” Collins said.

Officials say the school was set to be named for someone else, but following the assassination board members at the time decided to change it and pay tribute to JFK.

“We're proud of the Kennedy campus and what the teachers and students are doing here,” Collins said.

“It's not only his anniversary, it's the school's anniversary too. And this is his school,” ninth grade student Hezekiah Davis said.

John F. Kennedy High School opened to students in 1963.

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