Groveland in Lake County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The History of Groveland High School
Constructed in 1937 during the Great Depression, Groveland High School, home of the Greenbacks, was built as part of the national Work Progress Administration (WPA) projects. The original building contained first through twelfth grades. Later, the building was divided into an east wing for junior high classes and a west wing for senior high after Davis Elementary was built on the south side of the campus.
In 1962 a new library, auditorium, and gymnasium were built. The school underwent a major remodeling in 1979. Then in 1984, a fire destroyed the administration offices and ten classrooms. Students attended classes for a year and a half in nearby churches and portable classrooms while the school underwent reconstruction.
The final graduation class was in 1993 when the communities of Groveland and Clermont merged their high school programs to form South Lake High School. The campus continued to serve as Groveland Middle School and was renamed in 1997 in memory of longtime Groveland Principal Cecil E. Gray.
Many of the school's artifacts are preserved at the Groveland Historical Museum. The GHS alumni meet each spring to celebrate their memories spent in the hallowed hallways and conclude the event by singing their alma mater.
Location. 28° 33.502′ N, 81° 51.344′ W. Marker is in Groveland, Florida, in Lake County. Marker is on East Cherry Street. Touch for map. Gray Middle School is located at 205 East Magnolia Street. The marker is on the back side of the school on East Cherry Street. Marker is in this post office area: Groveland FL 34736, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Villa City (approx. 4.2 miles away); Dean R. Gilmore (approx. 9.3 miles away); Montverde Academy (approx. 11.3 miles away); Parson Brown Orange Tree (approx. 12½ miles away); Sumter County Farmers Market (approx. 12.8 miles away); Attorney Virgil Darnell Hopkins (approx. 13.3 miles away); Pilaklikaha/Abraham's Town (approx. 14.1 miles away).
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