“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Mount Hope in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

DuBois High School

Dubois High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 14, 2019
1. Dubois High School Marker
Inscription.  An African American high school formed in 1917, it educated black Fayette County children until 1956. Students were taught in community buildings and churches, 1950-1954, after the school was destroyed by fire. The second DuBois High School opened in 1954 but was integrated two years later when Mt. Hope white students were brought in and school was renamed Mt. Hope High School.
Erected 2018 by DuBois on Main and West Virginia Archives & History.
Location. 37° 53.857′ N, 81° 9.385′ W. Marker is in Mount Hope, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on West Virginia Route 16 north of Virginia Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 High School Dr, Mount Hope WV 25880, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glen Jean Athletic Club (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Coal Barons (approx. 4.2 miles away); Disaster Underground (approx. 4.2 miles away); Labor Strikes and Conflicts (approx.
DuBois High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 14, 2019
2. DuBois High School Marker
Building is now the Mount Hope Heritage Center.
4.2 miles away); Community Life in a Coal Camp (approx. 4.2 miles away); The White Oak Valley (approx. 4.2 miles away); Oakwood Mine Complex (approx. 5 miles away); Fayette County / Raleigh County (approx. 5 miles away).
Also see . . .  DuBois High School. Excerpt:
Almost four years later, the new building erected on the 19-21 Bypass at Turkey Knob near the city limits of Mount Hope was dedicated with an open house January 30 through February 1, 1954. This new building with its gleaming tile floors; rows of lockers, spacious classrooms and laboratories were the most modern in the county, possibly the state, and was a far cry from the dingy brick building on the hill and the make-shift quarters in which DuBois pupils had been attending classes.

Two years later, DuBois High School no longer existed. In May 1956, on the day seniors were out of the building for a planned event, school officials came to the new school and announced, to the surprise and dismay of many, the integration and bussing plan. In September of the same year, DuBois High School was integrated and immediately renamed Mt. Hope High School.

Trophies and other artifacts won by DuBois students, their clubs, organizations and history were dispensed to unknown locations and/or destroyed. However,
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the plaque on the wall at the entrance of the building states “DuBois High School” and was evidence that was covered with a trophy case.
(Submitted on October 2, 2019.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 2, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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