Butler High School was one of the first of Huntsville's public high schools to integrate, beginning in the spring of 1964 with two students. As integration continued, Butler saw mixed successes and setbacks in its progress. Butler Alumni who were at the school in 1971 recall clashes between students and administration at basketball and football games and at pep rallies. Of particular contention was the Butler High School fight song, Dixie, the the use of the Confederate battle flag as the school flag representing the Butler Rebels. Students demonstrated both for and against the use of these school insignia, especially after June of 1971 when Judge H.H. Grooms ruled to prohibit students from displaying Confederate flags or sing Dixie at school events.