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Sopchoppy in Wakulla County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Old Sopchoppy High School

 
 
Old Sopchoppy High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 27, 2016
1. Old Sopchoppy High School Marker
Inscription. Constructed in 1924 and accredited in 1928, this was the first high school built in Wakulla County. The original stucco section, an "H"shaped design with one central area and three classrooms on each side, was made possible when Sopchoppy citizens voted in 1921 for a bond issue to cover construction costs. In the 1930's, the New Deal's Works Progress Administration (WPA) used local labor to construct the first limestone addition, containing two wings of seven classrooms and the present auditorium. The limestone portions are characteristic of Spanish mission construction and exemplify 1930s master craftsmanship. In 1938-39, the second limestone addition was built, running in a north-south direction and featuring three classrooms with an adjoining hallway. Across the street, the "Spanish mission" style gymnasium, also built during this time, has been restored for use during private, cultural and civic events. The schools was integrated in 1966-67 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is architecturally significant due to its style and the master craftsmanship used in cutting its 18-to 20- inch thick walls of native limestone, which was mined approximately 12 miles north of Sopchoppy.
 
Erected 2001 by The Wakulla County School Board and the Florida Department of
Old Sopchoppy High School image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 27, 2016
2. Old Sopchoppy High School
As seen from the maker looking south.
State. (Marker Number F-456.)
 
Location. 30° 3.501′ N, 84° 29.611′ W. Marker is in Sopchoppy, Florida, in Wakulla County. Marker is at the intersection of Yellow Jacket Road and Summer Street, on the right when traveling south on Yellow Jacket Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 164 Yellow Jacket Avenue, Sopchoppy FL 32358, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Gordon Johnston (approx. 13.8 miles away); Wakulla Springs Archaeological & Historic District (approx. 16.7 miles away).
 
Categories. EducationSettlements & Settlers
 
Old Sopchoppy High School Gymnasium image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 27, 2016
3. Old Sopchoppy High School Gymnasium
Located across Yellow Jacket Road from the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 31, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 101 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 31, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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