State rankings show the magnet school is the top academic performer of all elementary and middle schools in Mississippi.
According to the Clarion-Ledger, officials are also weighing whether to change the names of two other institutions - George Elementary and Lee Elementary. On Tuesday, PTA President Janelle Jefferson revealed the community had spoken, saying the school's new name would be that of President Barack Obama.
President Obama reflects a type of person "who fully represents ideals and public stances consistent with what we want our children to believe about themselves", according to the school's PTA president. The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees in September approved a measure allowing the Parent Teacher Association and the community to decide whether or not the school's name should be changed.
Students from every class researched and gave presentations about their candidates at an assembly before the vote, Jefferson said.
A demographic breakdown by SchoolDigger.com identifies 95 percent of the K-5 school's 2017 student body as African-American.
Despite initial doubts, Turner stated on October 17 that the school would be able to change its name beginning in the 2018-19 school year. The decision to name the school after Obama was made on October 6.
Davis Magnet School became an worldwide baccalaureate school in 2005 and was ranked first among Mississippi's 403 elementary schools in September based on 2016 test scores by SchoolDigger.com. He served as president of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
The school is not the first to be named after the 44th president.
The school name change comes amid a national debate over the removal of Confederate statutes in various cities across the U.S. The issue sparked violent protests that received national attention in August in Charlottesville, Va., and resulted in one death.