Late music legend Les Paul has been honoured by heads of his junior high school, who have renamed the facility after him.

The guitar great began learning his craft while attending Waukesha Junior High in Wisconsin and the school's principal Rob Bennett feels his legacy has inspired current students to aim high.

He says, "You can kind of see that 'ah ha' moment for them of, 'It could be me, I could be that next person.' So I think that is pretty powerful."

The facility was officially renamed Les Paul Middle School at a ceremony on Saturday (08Nov14). Paul's quotes are displayed in hallways, while his name also appears in the gym and in a historical display.

Officials at the Les Paul Foundation funded the transition, and the executive director Michael Braunstein says, "He would be blown away that the fact his hometown thought so much of him that they would this... This would make Les emotional."

The music pioneer passed away in 2009 at the age of 94.