As expected, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday signed a bill that will rename Louisiana's lone residential high school.

The new name applies to the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches.

It will be the Jimmy D. Long Sr. Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts.

The measure, Senate Bill 1, sparked unusual and intense controversy for a name switch.

Long, who died last year, is former chairman of the House Education Committee and played a major role in the creation of the school, which serves gifted students.

Opponents, including lots of alumni,  said the new name would regionalize a school with a growing national reputation.

They said Long would be better served by naming the school's new dormitory after him.

Opponents jammed House and Senate committee hearings in a bid to derail the bill.

It was sponsored by state Sen. Francis Thompson, D-Delhi, the second longest serving member of the Legislature and Sen. Gerald Long, R-Winnfield, who was Jimmy Long's brother.

Edwards never got publicly involved in the controversy.

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