Nogales in Santa Cruz County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Grand Ave - Frank Reed School
1928 - 1952
Grand Ave. School was founded in 1928 as a grammar school, grades one through eight, for the African American children of Nogales.
In 1943 the school's name was changed to Frank A. Reed in honor of a former student, Frank A. Reed, who died in action during World War II.
Frank A. Reed School was closed in September 1952 due to desegregation of the Arizona school system.
Teachers were: Lena Martin (Principal) 1928-1952, Florence Mills 1928-1942, Willa Hudson 1942-1943 and 1945-1947, Mildred Simpson Bennett 1944-1945 and 1947-1952.
The uniqueness of our school was due to our African and Mexican heritages. Even though segregated, this school turned out some outstanding students that grew up to be the leaders of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Erected 1996 by Primeria Alta Historical Society & City of Nogales, Arizona.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Education. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1952.
Location. 31° 20.943′ N, 110° 55.725′ W. Marker is in Nogales Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nogales AZ 85621, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino SJ (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camp Stephen D. Little (approx. ¼ mile away); Commemorating Jacob Isaacson (approx. 1.2 miles away); Montezuma Hotel (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mission Guevavi (approx. 4½ miles away); John Ward's Ranch (approx. 13.6 miles away); Cady Hall (approx. 16.7 miles away); Patagonia Depot (approx. 16.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nogales.
More about this marker. This plaque donated by the Jackson family: Lucius Sr., Angela, Ida, Lucius Jr., David, Arthur, Mary, John, Emma, Eva.
Also note that there is an error in the erecting organizations on the marker. The marker shows the "Primeria Alta Historical Society" as one of the erecting organizations, however it should be the "Pimeria Alta Historical Society."
1. Frank Reed
Frank Reed was my 3rd cousin. His father, Chester Reed, had a sister named Millie Reed Harrison. They were from Columbus, GA. Millie was my great-grandmother. I've been researching our family tree and we knew about Frank and the school. I visited Nogales some years back and found the graves of Frank and his parents.
If anyone has pictures of him or his family and can provide, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you SO much for this!
— Submitted April 6, 2019, by Melissa
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 2, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,358 times since then and 105 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 7, 2017, by DM Benzenhoefer of Tucson, Arizona. 2. submitted on February 2, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 3. submitted on March 8, 2017, by DM Benzenhoefer of Tucson, Arizona. 4, 5. submitted on February 2, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 6, 7. submitted on March 7, 2017, by DM Benzenhoefer of Tucson, Arizona. 8. submitted on March 8, 2017, by DM Benzenhoefer of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of building if still standing. • Can you help?