“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Gilbert Elementary School

Gilbert Elementary School Marker image. Click for full size.
By sandra Hughes, February 16, 2010
1. Gilbert Elementary School Marker
Inscription.  Gilbert School, named in honor of Henry C. Gilbert, school superintendent 1892-1904 and long time member of Board of Education was built in 1920, costing $79,000. The structure was planned by George D. Waller, architect. A relief sculpture portraying a teacher with students, carved by James A. Stoves, was over the front entrance. Henry Grady Richards served as Principal from 1921 to 1964.

The original building and 14 classrooms, library, cafeteria, auditorium, and supporting facilities. Later a three classroom annex and private dwelling made into three classrooms were added.

Designed to serve North Florence, in March 1921 students from Fifth Ward school in Seven points and elementary students to Coffee High School formed the first student body which usually consisted of 500 to 700 students with eighteen teachers.

Gilbert school was planned to serve grades one through six, but seven and eight were added in periods of overcrowding. The school was closed in May 1980 and students were transferred to Hibbett Middle School.

The sixty-one year old building was destroyed by fire in 1981.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducation.
Location. 34° 48.949′ N, 87° 41.077′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on Gilbert Circle, on the right when traveling east. From Florence Blvd/US 72/US 43/ East Tennessee St take right onto (North) Wood Avenue past University of North Alabama staying on North Wood Avenue until you come to Gilbert Street. Take a left, Gilbert Street cross over Willingham Rd to W Gilbert Circle marker is on right side of road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. North Wood United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); College Place Historic District (approx. ¼ mile away); Homer Givens (approx. ¼ mile away); The University of North Alabama (approx. half a mile away); Temple B’nai Israel (approx. half a mile away); North Wood Avenue Historic District—Expansion (approx. half a mile away); Ante-Bellum Cotton Mills 1840 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wesleyan Hall 1855 (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 1,697 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on June 1, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photo   1. submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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