Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Pearl High School
Named for Joshua F. Pearl, the city's first superintendent of schools, Pearl was established in 1883 as a grammar school for Negroes and was located on old South Summer Street. It became a high school in 1897 when grades 9 thru 11 were transferred from Meigs School. In 1917, the 12th grade was added and Pearl moved to 16th Ave. No. and Grant Street. In 1936, the school moved to this location.
In 1966, the first year that the TSSAA was fully desegregated, Pearl's boys' basketball team won the state championship. Considered one of the leading Black academic high schools in America, Pearl was closed in 1983, as a result of court imposed busing. In 1986, this facility became the site of the Martin Luther King Magnet High School for Health Sciences and Engineering.
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3A 147.)
Location. 36° 9.683′ N, 86° 48.01′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is on 17th Avenue North, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nashville TN 37208, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Watkins Park (about 400 feet away, James Weldon Johnson Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ella Sheppard (Moore) (approx. 0.4 miles away); Arna Wendell Bontemps (approx. 0.4 miles away); Marathon Motor Car (approx. 0.4 miles away); Samuel Allen McElwee (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fisk University (approx. 0.4 miles away); Carl Van Vechten Art Gallery (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Sports •
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