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Machipongo in Northampton County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Northampton County High School

 
 
Northampton County High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 13, 2012
1. Northampton County High School Marker
Inscription. Constructed in 1953 as the county’s first purpose-built African American high school, Northampton County High School reflects the desires of local African Americans to obtain modern educational facilities. It is an example of the statewide efforts by African American and Virginia Indian communities during the early 20th century to secure better education for their children. The building contained classrooms, a library, a gymnasium, and a 500-seat auditorium. Concurrent with integration of Virginia’s public schools, the high school ceased operations with the 1970 class. Until 2008, the facility served as a junior high school and middle school for all Northampton County students.
 
Erected 2010 by Department of Historic Resources and Northampton County High School Alumni Foundation. (Marker Number WY-72.)
 
Location. 37° 24.174′ N, 75° 54.539′ W. Marker is in Machipongo, Virginia, in Northampton County. Marker is on Young Street (County Road 627) 0.2 miles west of Charles M Lankford Jr Memorial Highway (U.S. 13), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Machipongo VA 23405, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
Northampton County High School Marker, looking west on Young Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 13, 2012
2. Northampton County High School Marker, looking west on Young Street
. Site of the Almshouse Farm at Machipongo (approx. ¼ mile away); The Barrier Islands Center (approx. ¼ mile away); Northampton County Almshouse At Machipongo (approx. ¼ mile away); The African American Almshouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Gristmill Grindstones (approx. ¼ mile away); The Quarter Kitchen (approx. ¼ mile away); Cauldron (approx. ¼ mile away); Three Northampton Landmarks (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Machipongo.
 
Categories. African AmericansEducationNative Americans
 
Northampton County High School... image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 13, 2012
3. Northampton County High School...
After 1970 until 2008, the facility served as a junior high school and middle school for all Northampton County students.
Northampton County High School and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 13, 2012
4. Northampton County High School and Marker
Northampton County High School Marker, looking back east on Young Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 13, 2012
5. Northampton County High School Marker, looking back east on Young Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 415 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 14, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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