Gibson County Training School / Polk - Clark School

Gibson County Training School / Polk - Clark School (HMYZJ)

Location: Milan, TN 38358 Gibson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 54.893', W 88° 46.053'

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1926 - 1970

Organized in 1926, the Industrial Training School for Negroes was the only training school for Blacks in Gibson County. Later named Gibson County Training School, it was the county's first four-year high school for Blacks. Students came from the towns of Kenton, Rutherford, Dyer, Trenton, Fruitland, Humboldt, Gibson and Milan. Prinicals were F. M. Dicky, T. R. Hartsfield, G. W. Anderson and W. J. Burnett. The school's first faculty consisted of Principal F. M. Dickey and teachers Flossie Dicky, Rubye Springer and Sleetie Clark. In 1961, to honor Dr. S. W. Polk and Mrs. Clark, the school's name was changed from GCTS to Polk~Clark High School.

Between the years of 1926 and 1970, approximately 1,400 students were graduated from the school. The school's motto was, "Enter to Learn — Go Forth to Serve". The school's colors were navy blue and white and its alma mater was, "Milan, Milan, We're Loyal To You". Because of desegregation, in 1970, after the graduation of the last 12th-grade class, the school's name was changed to Polk - Clark School for grades K through 3. In 1994, Polk - Clark was replaced by a new elementary school serving students from grades K through 5.
Marker Number4B 36
Placed ByTennessee Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 7:31pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 340515 N 3975951
Decimal Degrees35.91488333, -88.76755000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 54.893', W 88° 46.053'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 54' 53.58" N, 88° 46' 3.18" W
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Area Code(s)731
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1041 Harris St, Milan TN 38358, US
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