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The History of Groveland High School

 
 
The History of Groveland High School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 15, 2013
1. The History of Groveland High School Marker
Inscription.  
(Side 1)
Constructed in 1937 during the Great Depression, Groveland High School, home of the Greenbacks, was built as part of the national Work Progress Administration (WPA) projects. The original building contained first through twelfth grades. Later, the building was divided into an east wing for junior high classes and a west wing for senior high after Davis Elementary was built on the south side of the campus.

In 1962 a new library, auditorium, and gymnasium were built. The school underwent a major remodeling in 1979. Then in 1984, a fire destroyed the administration offices and ten classrooms. Students attended classes for a year and a half in nearby churches and portable classrooms while the school underwent reconstruction.

The final graduation class was in 1993 when the communities of Groveland and Clermont merged their high school programs to form South Lake High School. The campus continued to serve as Groveland Middle School and was renamed in 1997 in memory of longtime Groveland Principal Cecil E. Gray.

(Side 2)
Many of the school's artifacts are preserved at the Groveland
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Historical Museum. The GHS alumni meet each spring to celebrate their memories spent in the hallowed hallways and conclude the event by singing their alma mater.

Alma Mater
On our city's eastern border, Reared against the sky, Proudly stands our alma mater, As the years go by. Onward, forward, be our watchword Conquer and prevail. Hail to thee, our alma mater, GHS, all hail!
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
 
Location. 28° 33.502′ N, 81° 51.344′ W. Marker is in Groveland, Florida, in Lake County. Marker is on East Cherry Street. Gray Middle School is located at 205 East Magnolia Street. The marker is on the back side of the school on East Cherry Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Groveland FL 34736, 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. Korean War Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away); Villa City (approx. 4.2 miles away); Clermont High School Sign (approx. 5.1 miles away); William Alfred Suggs (approx. 5.2 miles away); Jess Thomas (approx. 5.8 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); a different marker also named William Alfred Suggs (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Groveland.
 
The History of Groveland High School Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 15, 2013
2. The History of Groveland High School Marker Side 2
Detail of front of school, from the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 15, 2013
3. Detail of front of school, from the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,254 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 25, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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