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Second Ward High School

501 South Alexander St.
Second Ward High in the late 1950s
Charlotte's All-Black Schools

Second Ward High was established as Charlotte’s first black high school in 1923. It served grades 7-12. Teenagers from all over the county attended the school until West Charlotte High School was built in 1938. The school was closed in 1969 as part of the city’s integration plan. The building was torn down in the early 1970s.

The high school band in 1940 and Principal Jefferson Grigsby with Queen Shirley Ashcraft

Second Ward in the "Places" section of the album

View a page from the 1963 yearbook here and here (Erratum: Dr. Durante served as principal from 1957-63.)