Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tuscumbia in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Trenholm High School

 
 
Trenholm High School Marker, side 1 image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, February 4, 2015
1. Trenholm High School Marker, side 1
Inscription. (side 1)
Formal education for Tuscumbia’s African American children began in 1870 at the Freedman School taught by Judge Wingo and his daughter in a church at the foot of the hill. In July 1877, the Osborne Colored Academy was established by African Americans and named in honor of Sandy Osborne, one of the trustees and a barber at the Franklin House Hotel. Tuscumbia Colored Public School opened in 1887 with Pleas Barton, a former Osborne Academy trustee, as principal. The Public School’s first academic year concluded with graduation exercises in 1888.
(Continued on other side)
(side 2)
(Continued from other side)
Tuscumbia Colored School was moved in 1905 from Delony Hill to the corner of 11th and High Streets where it remained until it closed. The name changed to Trenholm High School in 1921 to honor its third principal, George Washington Trenholm who served from 1896 to 1916. For over 90 years the school was a unifying force in the African American community as a center of culture, recreation, leadership, and education. It closed in 1969 as part of Tuscumbia’s desegregation plan and students were transferred to Deshler High School. Fred Johnson was the last principal of Trenholm High School (1967-1969). The Trenholm buildings were subsequently torn
Trenholm High School Marker, side 2 image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, February 4, 2015
2. Trenholm High School Marker, side 2
down.
 
Erected 2011 by Trenholm Alumni Association Inc., and Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation.
 
Location. 34° 43.549′ N, 87° 41.827′ W. Marker is in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker is on Trenholm Memorial Drive east of South High Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tuscumbia AL 35674, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tuscumbia's Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jackson's Military Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sacred Tears (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cold Water Falls (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tuscumbia Big Spring (approx. half a mile away); Petrified Conifer Tree / Petrified Lycopod Tree Stump (approx. half a mile away); History of Tuscumbia, Alabama (approx. half a mile away); American Indian History (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Tuscumbia.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
Trenholm High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, February 4, 2015
3. Trenholm High School Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement