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West Charlotte High School

2219 Senior Drive
The first class officers of West Charlotte High
Charlotte's All-Black Schools

West Charlotte High School opened in 1938 at 1415 Beatties Ford Road, where Northwest Junior High is now located. When it opened, 389 students were enrolled. Fourteen faculty members taught under the leadership of Principal Clinton L. Blake. The school housed grades 7-12. By 1950, enrollment had rocketed to 1100. In 1954, West Charlotte moved to a new building at 2219 Senior Drive.

More photographs of West Charlotte

The class of 1941 and Mr. Blake in his office

Side-by-side: The West Charlotte marching band in 1938 and 1963

The 1938 football team and Coach Jack Martin after winning the inaugural Queen City Classic game

The faculty in 1939 and 1950

A typing and a tailoring class in 1941 and 1963, respectively


An African American Album: The Black Experience in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, vol. 2. Charlotte, NC. Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, 1998.