Beckley in Raleigh County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Stratton High School
African American Heritage Tour
In 1919, the first all-black high school in Raleigh County, named after Reverend Daniel Stratton, was opened and graduated its first two students that same year. The school had already grown to 37 students and ten faculty by 1933. In 1939, Stratton High School moved to a new facility on South Fayette Street which presently houses Stratton Elementary. By 1967, Stratton High School's final year, the graduating class had grown to 109 students and consisted of 32 staff members, ten of which were Stratton graduates.
During the 48 years that Stratton served the community as an all-black high school, it graduated 2,786 students, some of which became doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, nurses, and ministers.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1866.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beckley WV 25801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bill Withers (within shouting distance of this marker); Wildwood (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ferguson Rock (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Mysterious Ferguson Rock (approx. 0.4 miles away); Alfred Beckley / Wildwood (approx. 0.4 miles away); Civil War Site (approx. 0.4 miles away); "The Most Modern Club": Black Knight (approx. half a mile away); Colonel Ernest E. Chilson (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beckley.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 505 times since then and 319 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.