Jacksonville in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Arlington Grammar School No. 46
Arlington Grammar School was built in 1921 to serve the children of white families living in an area of approximately 48 square miles stretching from the St. Johns River on the west eastward to what is today St. Johns Bluff Road and from the St. Johns River on the north southward to the Hogan–Spring Glen area along Beach Boulevard. The school cost approximately $40,000 to build, and was paid partly by the Duval County Board of Public Instruction and partly by a special tax bond issued through the efforts of the Arlington Community Club.
By 1924 the new school had over 300 students and 7 teachers teaching grades one through eight. The first principal was Mr. Lewis Townsend. The first custodian was Mr. "Henry" Roger Highsmith.
After graduation from eighth grade the students rode by boat across the St. Johns River to attend Duval High School on Ocean Street in downtown Jacksonville. In 1927 Landon High School opened in the San Marco area of South Jacksonville, and the white students of Arlington completed their undergraduate education there.
Black students in Arlington attended separate elementary schools
Throughout the years additions have been built for classroom and cafeteria space, but the original Arlington Grammar School building remains structurally the same Oak trees carefully planted and watered by the first students at the school still offer shade for students today.
Arlington Grammar School is the oldest remaining building in the Arlington area.
Erected 2009 by Old Arlington Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education.
Location. Marker has been reported unreadable. 30° 19.93′ N, 81° 36.176′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is at the intersection of University Boulevard North and Playa Way, on the right when traveling north on University Boulevard North. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1201 University Blvd N, Jacksonville FL 32211, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. The Crossroads (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Norman Silent Film StudiosJacksonville And The Movie Industry (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic Floral Bluff (approx. ¾ mile away); Frederick W. Bruce (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Strawberry Plantation (approx. 0.8 miles away); Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley (approx. 1.3 miles away); Arlington - A Unique Community (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.