Professor John Metcalfe Starke / Starke University School

Professor John Metcalfe Starke / Starke University School (HMOG8)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36104 Montgomery County
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N 32° 22.641', W 86° 18.127'

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Professor John Metcalfe Starke
"Fessor Starke" 1860-1941
A native of Virginia, John Metcalfe Starke received his early education in Petersburg and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1882, earning diplomas in Latin and mathematics. He taught in Virginia and North Carolina before coming to Montgomery in 1887 as headmaster for a boys' school organized by prominent local men. Its success caused him to start a school of his own at Hamner Hall. In 1897 he built a building here. The following year he married Frances Powell. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alabama in 1929. A small, wiry man, honest, courageous and fair, he believed fervently in the school's motto, "Work Wins." For over half a century, he was a paragon as an educator here in Montgomery.

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Starke University School
1888 - 1968
"Omnia vincit labor - Work Wins"
In 1887, eighteen prominent men founded a private school for boys, hiring John Metcalfe Starke as its headmaster. In 1888, Starke opened his school. rigidly high academic, military and disciplinary standards prevailed throughout the next eighty years. Boys who fell behind reported for Saturday classes. from 1897-1923 the school stood here on Dexter Avenue; later located on Houston Street and then on Mount Meigs Road. Professor Starke died in 1941. The school continued, closing in 1967-68. A governor, U.S. Senator, judges, generals, doctors, businessmen, academics, lawyers and financiers were among Starke School's many distinguished graduates.
HM NumberHMOG8
Year Placed2001
Placed ByAlabama Historical Association
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 10:14am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 565648 N 3582477
Decimal Degrees32.37735000, -86.30211667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 22.641', W 86° 18.127'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 22' 38.46" N, 86° 18' 7.62" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 532-670 Dexter Ave, Montgomery AL 36104, US
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