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Near Cooksville in Howard County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cooksville High School

1935-1949

 
 
Cooksville High School Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 8, 2007
1. Cooksville High School Marker
Inscription. Site of the first public high school for African Americans in Howard County. Original site of Warfield Academy, became Mount Gregory School in 1867 for African Americans and was the genesis of Mount Gregory Church. Was a public elementary school by 1925. Through the efforts of the community, secondary grades were phased in beginning 1935, with the first students graduating in 1939.
 
Erected by the Maryland Historic Trust and the Maryland State Highway Administration.
 
Location. 39° 18.454′ N, 77° 1.28′ W. Marker is near Cooksville, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker is on Roxbury Mills or Washington Road (Maryland Route 97) 0.9 miles south of Old Frederick Road (Maryland Route 144). Touch for map. It is in front of the Mount Gregory United Methodist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2325 Washington Road, Cooksville MD 21723, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dr. Charles Alexander Warfield ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign ( approx. 0.9 miles away); Cooksville ( approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Cooksville ( approx. 0.9 miles away); Moving Goods on the National Road ( approx. 3 miles away); New Lisbon ( approx. 3.2 miles away); The Historic Sykesville Colored Schoolhouse ( approx. 4.6 miles away); The Sykesville Bypass Bridge ( approx. 4.8 miles away); Simpson & Mount Gregory United Methodist Churches ( approx. 4.8 miles away); Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station ( approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cooksville.
 
Regarding Cooksville High School.
Mount Gregory United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 8, 2007
2. Mount Gregory United Methodist Church
This church, founded in 1867, is on the site of the high school.
The Mount Gregory United Methodist Church was founded in the Warfield Academy building, which was destroyed by fire in 1922. In 1898 work started on the present church building. What became the Cooksville High School was housed in a frame building built in 1927. Cooksville High School was a public segregated school operated by the Howard County Board of Education. It was the only high school for black children in the county at that time. The building is no longer standing.
 
Also see . . .
1. A Brief History of Mount Gregory United Methodist Church. (Submitted on April 9, 2007.)
2. Difficult Change, One Step at a Time. 2004 Washington Post article by Susan DeFord. (Submitted on April 9, 2007.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,235 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 9, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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