“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Melbourne in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Henegar School Complex

Henegar School Complex Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, November 27, 2011
1. Henegar School Complex Marker
Inscription. The western most building of this complex was built in the period 1919-1921 and the first high school graduating class graduated May 12, 1921 with 13 students.

The building was soon overflowing and six "shacks" were built to care for the surplus students.

The High School building (western building) was completed in 1926. William Christen was the architect.

Even that was insufficient and the "primary" building (now destroyed) was erected in 1928.

The year 1921, when this complex was started, there were two street lights, three churches, few houses, no paved streets and one or two general stores in Melbourne.
Location. 28° 4.702′ N, 80° 36.623′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on New Haven Avenue. Click for map. Marker is best viewed from the sidewalk. Marker is in this post office area: Melbourne FL 32901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tin Can Tourist Campground (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Melbourne Public Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Myles Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Orange Spot Inn (approx. 0.3 miles away);
Henegar Building image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, November 27, 2011
2. Henegar Building
Campbell Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of First Permanent Log Cabin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Florida East Coast Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away); Melbourne Hotel (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Melbourne.
Regarding Henegar School Complex. Now known as the Henegar Center, these buildings are named for Ruth Henegar, an early principal of Melbourne High School.

Around 1985, these building were slated for demolition. It was found too expensive to demolish them because of the extremely thick walls and foundation. They were then renovated in the late 1980s.
Additional comments.
1. When did Ruth Henegar High School Become Ruth Henegar Elementary School?
I went to Ruth Henegar Elementary School and started in the third grade in 1964. My 4th grade teacher was Mrs. Stone. What year did Ruth Henegar change from a high school to an elementary school and does anyone have any information about Mrs. Stone?
    — Submitted June 21, 2014, by V irginia Zalnoski of Palm Bay, Florida.
Henegar Center Sign image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, November 27, 2011
3. Henegar Center Sign
The marker is quite close to this sign. The Henegar Center is now home to the Melbourne Civic Theatre.

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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 573 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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