Douglass High School

Douglass High School (HM1G9X)

Location: Kingsport, TN 37660 Sullivan County
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N 36° 32.13', W 82° 33.199'

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The only school for African Americans in Kingsport began in 1913 as the Oklahoma Grove School near downtown. With Rosenwald and community funds, the first Douglass School building was constructed in 1928. A new structure was erected on this site in 1951 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Named for abolitionist Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), the school thrived under the strong leadership of longtime principals A.H. Howell and V. O Dobbins, Sr.

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African American students from Scott County, Virginia, also attended Douglass. It was accredited by the state in 1946, and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in the 1960's, by which time it was among the largest black high schools in the tri-state area. Because of school desegregation, Douglass' final graduation exercises took place on June 8, 1966. Thereafter the building housed the V.O. Dobbins Community Center.
HM NumberHM1G9X
Marker Number1A 143
Placed ByTennessee Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 10:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 360950 N 4044468
Decimal Degrees36.53550000, -82.55331667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 32.13', W 82° 33.199'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 32' 7.8" N, 82° 33' 11.94" W
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Area Code(s)423, 615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 316 Wheatley St, Kingsport TN 37660, US
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