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Archer in Alachua County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Archer School Gymnasium

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, May 25, 2018
1. Archer School Gymnasium Marker
Inscription. The Alachua County Board of Public Instruction contracted with the firm of Winston and Perry to build a 3-story brick building for the Archer School, west of an old wood frame building, in 1917. The building housed grades 1-10 until 1925 when the 11th and 12th grades were added. Archer High School gained its accreditation in 1926, and graduated its first senior class that same year. Construction began in 1936 on a new gymnasium building as part of the New Deal Works Progress Administration Project 1189, and was completed the following year. The gymnasium was used as an auditorium for school activities and sporting events such as basketball. The school continued to offer high school classes until 1951, and in 1954 the school was reduced to grades 1-6 with kindergarten added in 1963. In 1969, the school consolidated with the local African-American school, and moved to a new location. The old brick school was demolished in 1972. This gymnasium building remained. The City of Archer and volunteers rehabilitated the building and reopened it as the Archer Community Center in July 2011.
 
Erected 2016 by The City of Archer, The Alachua County Historical Commission and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-972.)
 
Location. 29° 31.671′ 
Archer School Gymnasium and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, May 25, 2018
2. Archer School Gymnasium and Marker
N, 82° 31.192′ W. Marker is in Archer, Florida, in Alachua County. Marker is on Southwest 137th Avenue just west of U.S. 27/41, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16671 Southwest 137th Avenue, Archer FL 32618, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Archer Veterans (here, next to this marker); Thomas Gilbert Pearson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Archer (approx. mile away); David Levy Yulee and Cotton Wood Plantation (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Haile Homestead At Kanapaha Plantation (approx. 6.8 miles away); Kanapaha Presbyterian Church (approx. 7 miles away); Old Stage Road (approx. 9 miles away); Newberry Community Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Archer.
 
Also see . . .  Archer Community Center. (Submitted on July 20, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
Categories. Education
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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