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

Archer School Gymnasium

Archer School Gymnasium Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
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City of Archer, The Alachua County Historical Commission and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-972.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1936.
Location. 29° 31.671′ 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. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 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); Bethlehem Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Archer (approx. ¼ mile away); David Levy Yulee and Cotton Wood Plantation (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Wilson Robinson Memorial Pavilion (approx. half a mile away); St. Peter Cemetery of Archer (approx. 3.4 miles away); Historic Haile Homestead At Kanapaha Plantation (approx. 6.8 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.)
Archer School Gymnasium and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 25, 2018
2. Archer School Gymnasium and Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 260 times since then and 54 times this year. 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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