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Howard Academy Elementary and Junior High School (Later Howard Academy High School) Second Street

 
 
Howard Academy Elementary and Junior High School (Later Howard Academy High School) Second Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, May 8, 2013
1. Howard Academy Elementary and Junior High School (Later Howard Academy High School) Second Street Marker
Inscription. This historic marker recognizes Howard Academy Elementary/Junior High School, which eventually became Howard Academy High School. In 1957, the first phase of Howard Academy Elementary and Junior High School was constructed on Second Street. The school operated as an elementary and junior high school until 1959-60, when the facility was expanded to accommodate Black students in Grades 1-12. The establishment of this school resulted in the closure of many of the two-and three-room schools in rural areas. In addition, children had better and safer accommodations, including a spacious library; work areas for specialty classes, such as home economics and choral music--facilities that were not available at the school on Chestnut Street. The new school also had a gymnasium and football field. The combining of grades did not impact the school's administration since Eddie L. Simpkins and George W. Pittman continued in their roles as principal and assistant principal, respectively. When the district implemented its desegregation plan in the 1970-71 academic year, the Howard Academy High School site became the district's only middle school-Howard Middle School.
 
Erected 2009 by The Jefferson County Public School District, The Jefferson County Retired Educators Association, Alumni and Friends and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-681.)
 
Location. 30° 32.384′ N, 83° 51.479′ W. Marker is in Monticello, Florida, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and Park Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 2nd Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monticello FL 32344, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Howard Academy High School on Chestnut Street (approx. 0.9 miles away); Ernest I. Thomas Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); Elizabeth Elementary School (approx. 8.3 miles away); Liberty Baptist Church (approx. 14.8 miles away in Georgia); Grooverville Methodist Church (approx. 14.8 miles away in Georgia).
 
More about this marker. At present the school is no longer being used.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsEducation
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 6 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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