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Holly Springs in Marshall County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

W.T. Sims High School

 
 
W.T. Sims High School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 2, 2021
1. W.T. Sims High School Marker
Inscription.  The Rosenwald School and the W.T. Sims High School were the first public schools for African Americans in Holly Springs. The W.T. Sims High School was built here in 1953 on land purchased from Mississippi Industrial College. In 1960, the school was named to honor W.T. Sims, who was principal of the Rosenwald School. In 1965-1966, a gymnasium, band room, choral room and industrial arts lab were added. The former high school was the Holly Springs Intermediate School from 1970-2017.
 
Erected 2019 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducation. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1953.
 
Location. 34° 46.389′ N, 89° 27.138′ W. Marker is in Holly Springs, Mississippi, in Marshall County. Marker is on West Valley Avenue west of Jeanette Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 W Valley Ave, Holly Springs MS 38635, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rosenwald School (within shouting distance of this marker); COFO & Rust College Civil Rights Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Rust College (approx. ¼ mile away); Ida B. Wells (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Rust College (approx. 0.3 miles away); Asbury United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Osborne Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hill Country Blues (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holly Springs.
 
Regarding W.T. Sims High School. The Sims School was built after the Rosenwald School, located across the street, burned. W.M. Fisher was the first principal at Rosenwald, followed by W.T. Sims.
 
The former W.T. Sims High School and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 2, 2021
2. The former W.T. Sims High School and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 6, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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