A public school in Mississippi named after Confederate leader Jefferson Davis will be renamed after former President Barack Obama next year.

"Jefferson Davis, although infamous in his own right, would probably not be too happy about a diverse school promoting the education of the very individuals he fought to keep enslaved being named after him," Janelle Jefferson, the school's PTA president, told the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

School stakeholders voted earlier this month to rename the school after Obama, the Clarion-Ledger reported.

Ninety-eight percent of the school's students are black, the newspaper reported.

The move comes as President Trump has stoked the debate over the removal of Confederate statues across the country.