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Gifford High School Sundial Landmark

 
 
Gifford High School Sundial Landmark Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, September 9, 2018
1. Gifford High School Sundial Landmark Marker
Inscription.  In 1892, William Edward Geoffrey, an African American man from Darlington, South Carolina, came to work on the Florida East Coast Railroad in Gifford. The town's first school was built in 1898, but only served white children. In 1901, Geoffrey purchased eighty acres of land in Gifford, and donated a portion for a park and the construction of a black school. Named the Gifford School, the small building was located at 38th Lane, east of what is now US Highway 1. The school originally taught students in first through sixth grades. Older students had to travel to Fort Pierce to attend high school. In 1938, the Gifford School expanded to include a high school. In 1952, the Indian River County Board funded the construction of a new high school building at 45th Street and 28th Court. Following the integration of Indian River County schools in 1969, Gifford High School graduated its last class and became a middle school. The original facade is now part of the Gifford Middle School campus. This sundial was presented as a gift from the Class of 1964 upon their graduation. This facade and sundial are the last material remnants of the original Gifford High
Gifford High School Sundial Landmark Marker and Gifford Middle School sign image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, September 9, 2018
2. Gifford High School Sundial Landmark Marker and Gifford Middle School sign
School.
 
Erected 2017 by Gifford High School Alumni and Friends Association, Gifford Community Cultural and Resource Center, Gifford Historic Museum, Dr. MLK, Jr Committee, Gifford Progressive Civic League, Indian River County Historical Society, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-984.)
 
Location. 27° 40.509′ N, 80° 24.773′ W. Marker is in Gifford, Florida, in Indian River County. Marker is on 45th Street just east of 28th Court, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4530 28th Court, Vero Beach FL 32967, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Baseball and Dodgertown (approx. 2.2 miles away); Vero Beach Railway Station (approx. 2.4 miles away); City of Vero Beach (approx. 2 miles away); Osceola Park Historic Residential District (approx. 2.7 miles away); Vero Beach City Hall (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Bridges (approx. 2.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary (approx. 3.3 miles away); Bethel Creek House of Refuge (approx. 3.3 miles away).
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
Gifford High School Sundial image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, September 9, 2018
3. Gifford High School Sundial
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 25, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 25, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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