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Baytown in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

George Washington Carver High School

 
 
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Photographed By Brian Anderson, March 14, 2021
1. George Washington Carver High School Marker
Inscription.  The first public school for African American children of this area was Goose Creek School for Coloreds. Founded in 1921 as a grade school, it served the children of the Baytown area, as well as those in La Porte, Cedar Bayou, and McNair. Classes were also held in Mt. Rose Baptist Church. The school’s first principal, Anna B. Edwards, was paid $90 per month. A frame school building constructed at the northwest corner of Carver St. and Oak St. (now Martin Luther King Dr.) opened in the fall of 1924; a brick addition in 1927 expanded it to the ninth grade. The school’s name was changed to honor scientist, educator, inventor and botanist George Washington Carver by June 1940, and it was accredited as a four-year high school in 1941. In 1948, a larger, modern campus was opened four blocks east at Carver St. and Lee Dr., and the old building became an elementary school.

Carver High was consistently ranked as one of the top segregated schools in the state, and students excelled in both academics and athletics. Carver won nine state band competitions and eight state sports championships in the Prairie View Interscholastic League. There were
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just five principals in 46 years: Ernest A. Archia, William M. Davis, Clyde J. Messiah, Edward F. Green and George Perkins.

The high school closed after the 1966-1967 school year as a result of desegregation. Carver Elementary School was then located here from 1967 until 1995, when a former oil storage pit was discovered on the property. The buildings were demolished in 2002 and a new Carver Elementary was dedicated at a nearby site. Carver School, which originally laid the educational foundation for area black children, continues to educate the Baytown community.
 
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16480.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1921.
 
Location. 29° 43.583′ N, 94° 58.715′ W. Marker is in Baytown, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Lee Drive and Carver Street, on the right when traveling south on Lee Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baytown TX 77520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lee College (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert E. Lee High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Baytown Post Office (approx. 0.7 miles away); Goose Creek Stream (approx. ¾ mile away);
Nearby Commemorative Marker for George Washington Carver High School image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, March 14, 2021
3. Nearby Commemorative Marker for George Washington Carver High School
K'Nesseth Israel Synagogue (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Bayland Guards (approx. 1.3 miles away); Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek (approx. 1.3 miles away); Bayland Orphans Home (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baytown.
 
Nearby Commemorative Marker for George Washington Carver High School image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, March 14, 2021
4. Nearby Commemorative Marker for George Washington Carver High School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 16, 2021, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.

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