Amanda Elzy Jr. High was named in 1959 in honor of Dr. Amanda Elzy, a pioneering black educationist. Dr. Elzy graduated from Rust High School in 1929 and earned and additional degree from Rust College in 1934. Dr. Elzy worked as Supervisor of Negro Schools in Leflore County, where she became the first black assistant superintendent in the county. Dr. Elzy was also one of the founders of Mississippi Valley State University. Dr. Amanda Elzy died in 2004.