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Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Professor John Metcalfe Starke / Starke University School
 
Professor John Metcalfe Starke Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
1. Professor John Metcalfe Starke Marker
 
Inscription.
Side A
Professor John Metcalfe Starke
"Fessor Starke" 1860-1941
A native of Virginia, John Metcalfe Starke received his early education in Petersburg and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1882, earning diplomas in Latin and mathematics. He taught in Virginia and North Carolina before coming to Montgomery in 1887 as headmaster for a boys' school organized by prominent local men. Its success caused him to start a school of his own at Hamner Hall. In 1897 he built a building here. The following year he married Frances Powell. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alabama in 1929. A small, wiry man, honest, courageous and fair, he believed fervently in the school's motto, "Work Wins." For over half a century, he was a paragon as an educator here in Montgomery.

Side B
Starke University School
1888 - 1968
"Omnia vincit labor - Work Wins"
In 1887, eighteen prominent men founded a private school for boys, hiring John Metcalfe Starke as its headmaster. In 1888, Starke opened his school. rigidly high academic, military and disciplinary standards prevailed throughout the next eighty years. Boys who fell behind reported for Saturday classes. from 1897-1923 the school stood here on Dexter Avenue; later located on Houston Street and then on Mount
 
Starke University School Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
2. Starke University School Marker
 
Meigs Road. Professor Starke died in 1941. The school continued, closing in 1967-68. A governor, U.S. Senator, judges, generals, doctors, businessmen, academics, lawyers and financiers were among Starke School's many distinguished graduates.
 
Erected 2001 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 32° 22.641′ N, 86° 18.127′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Dexter Avenue east of South Decatur Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dexter Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); A Nation Divided / Cradle of the Confederacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Members of the Alabama Legislature Who Served During The Reconstruction Period of 1868-1879 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Washington (about 300 feet away); Selma-to-Montgomery March (about 300 feet away); John Allan Wyeth (about 400 feet away); To the Memory of General Marquis De La Fayette (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Professor John Metcalfe Starke / Starke University School Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
3. Professor John Metcalfe Starke / Starke University School Marker
 
 
Professor John Metcalfe Starke / Starke University School Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
4. Professor John Metcalfe Starke / Starke University School Marker
Looking east toward the state capitol. Marker in far background is "United States Flag Raised Over Alabama Capitol".
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 961 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 5, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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