Burke High School

Burke High School (HMQKX)

Location: Charleston, SC 29403 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 47.565', W 79° 57.222'

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1910 - 2010

Founded as a private school for elementary students in 1894 by Rev. John Dart at the corner of Bogard and Krake Streets, Charleston Normal and Industrial School was approved to become a public school for "colored" children in 1910 and opened at the 244 President Street site on January 3, 1911. In 1921, the school was renamed J.E. Burke Industrial School and by 1929, Burke was serving fifth through eleventh graders. In 1954, Burke and Avery merged as Burke High School and became accredited by the Southern Association of College and Secondary Schools; becoming one of the first high schools for African Americans to be accredited in the state.
Serving as the "Mother Ship" of all the City of Charleston high schools, Burke graciously received students of Avery, C.A. Brown, Rivers, the High School of Charleston, and Immaculate Conception School, as each closed, leaving Burke High as the only high school on the peninsula. Over the past four generations, Burke High School has graduated thousands of African American students with academic and trade preparation to stand equal and surpass many of the "privileged" children at state and national universities, including Ivy League colleges. Burke also produced many successful entrepreneurs,educators, doctors, lawyers, religious leaders, military leaders, politicians, tradesmen and other contributing members of our society.
Burke High produced some of the best teachers and administrators who not only taught the academic content requirements, but who took the time to teach students responsibility, manners, accountability, self-control, good behavior; respect for country, self and others. They invested in the whole child.
We, stand tall with the support of our parents, administration, faculty, staff, alumni classes, sister schools, and the Burke High School Foundation in celebrating this 100th year milestone of being an academic institution for African American students.
(Back side)
Hail Dear old Burke School
We'll rally to thy call
And from thy classic halls...
onward we'll go
Mem...'ries will linger on
We'll defend and fight for thee
Thy praise we'll ever sing
All hail to thee
We dedicate this marker as a symbol of what
Burke has instilled in us

a sense of
pride...honor...courage...hope...and zeal

to be strong, achieving Bulldogs!
Year Placed2010
Placed ByBurke High School Foundation, Inc
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 6:26am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 597971 N 3628796
Decimal Degrees32.79275000, -79.95370000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 47.565', W 79° 57.222'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 47' 33.90" N, 79° 57' 13.32" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 232-298 Fishburne St, Charleston SC 29403, US
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