GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER HIGH SCHOOL, SUNSET, LA

 

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History of George Washington Carver High School

In the spring of 1919, St. Landry Parish responded to the black residents of St. Landry Parish Second Ward by approving a school. A two-story crude wooden frame building opened in the fall of 1919. Mr. Leonard Hammond was principal, and Mrs. Kate Johnson was a teacher. Shortly afterwards, this team was replaced by Miss Josie Hammond and Miss Bertha Johnson.

The school was supported mainly by a highly motivated black community with minimal assistance from the St. Landry Parish School Board. A native son graduated Xavier University and returned to Sunset in 1936. Three years later, Edward James Ray became principal of the school.

Many changes occurred early in Mr. Ray’s tenure as principal. The School’s name was changed from Sunset Colored School to George Washington Carver School. Classrooms were built, wired with electricity, installed with plumbing, campus expanded, and the school year was expanded through volunteer teaching.

A four-year high school, George Washington Carver High School graduated its first class of twenty students in 1950. This accomplishment was followed by the addition of a brick complex building. Two years later a gymnasium and eight classrooms were added to create a high school-elementary school plant.

George Washington Carver High School withstood many challenges over its history. Its existence began with the Sunset Community and it ended with community support.

 

                                                                       PIONEERS

 

Mr. Frank Adams                                                              Mrs. Josie Hammond

Mrs. Agatha Barker                                                           Mrs. Bertha Johnson

Mr. Francis Briscoe, Sr.                                                     Mrs. Kate Johnson

Mr. Francis Briscoe, Jr.                                                   Rev. C. S. Malbrough

Mr. Ollie Briscoe                                                               Mrs. Delzine Meche

Mrs. Sylvia Briscoe                                                            Mr. Albert Roberts

Mrs. Lillian Broussard                                                       Mr. Joseph Stewart

Mr. Paul Dixon                                                                   Mr. Alfred Smith

Mrs. Mary L. Johnson

 

 

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