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Howard Academy Elementary and Junior High School (Later Howard Academy High School) Second Street

 
 
Howard Academy Elementary and Junior High School (Later Howard Academy High School) Second Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, May 8, 2013
1. Howard Academy Elementary and Junior High School (Later Howard Academy High School) Second Street Marker
Inscription.  This historic marker recognizes Howard Academy Elementary/Junior High School, which eventually became Howard Academy High School. In 1957, the first phase of Howard Academy Elementary and Junior High School was constructed on Second Street. The school operated as an elementary and junior high school until 1959-60, when the facility was expanded to accommodate Black students in Grades 1-12. The establishment of this school resulted in the closure of many of the two-and three-room schools in rural areas. In addition, children had better and safer accommodations, including a spacious library; work areas for specialty classes, such as home economics and choral music--facilities that were not available at the school on Chestnut Street. The new school also had a gymnasium and football field. The combining of grades did not impact the school's administration since Eddie L. Simpkins and George W. Pittman continued in their roles as principal and assistant principal, respectively. When the district implemented its desegregation plan in the 1970-71 academic year, the Howard Academy High School site became the district's only middle school-Howard Middle
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Erected 2009 by The Jefferson County Public School District, The Jefferson County Retired Educators Association, Alumni and Friends and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-681.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsEducation. A significant historical year for this entry is 1957.
 
Location. 30° 32.384′ N, 83° 51.479′ W. Marker is in Monticello, Florida, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and Park Avenue, on the right when traveling east on 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monticello FL 32344, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Girardeau House (approx. 0.4 miles away); "Meeting Oak" (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jefferson County Sesquicentennial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jefferson County Florida Confederate Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Perkins Opera House (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Town of Monticello (approx. 0.9 miles away); Monticello Methodist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Howard Academy High School on Chestnut Street (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monticello.
 
More about this marker. At present the school is no longer being used.
 
Howard Academy Elementary and Junior High School (Later Howard Academy High School) Second Street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, March 24, 2021
2. Howard Academy Elementary and Junior High School (Later Howard Academy High School) Second Street
With former school in background
Howard Academy Elementary and Junior High School (Later Howard Academy High School) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, March 24, 2021
3. Howard Academy Elementary and Junior High School (Later Howard Academy High School)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 789 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 14, 2013, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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