You may remember back last summer around this time when I was doing the Book Quotes about Hitchcock and Johnson’s The International Style, I posted this old postcard of Coleman High School in Greenville.
I was in Greenville recently and decided to check on this school, which I think may now be a middle school. There’s a historic marker that I failed to take a picture of–but no matter, the new helpful Greenville/Washington Co. Preservation website has all the historic markers right there so we can read them from the comfort of our own homes:
COLEMAN HIGH SCHOOL – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BOULEVARD, GREENVILLE MS – Named for Lizzie W. Coleman, who was principal of the No. 2 Elementary School. Coleman High School was among the first high schools for African-Americans in the Mississippi Delta. The school served as Greenville’s main high school for African-Americans until 1970. First located on Nelson Street, the school moved to Cleveland Street in 1922. The present school, designed by architect N. W. Overstreet, was built here in 1952. Lizzie Coleman’s motto was “Burn the midnight oil! Be prepared!”
I certainly can’t argue with Ms. Coleman, although I’ve recently been told that I’ve been burning too much midnight oil and that it’s making me cranky. To which I reply, “I’m naturally cranky–mind your own business!”
Anyway, as I thought I remembered back in last year’s post, Coleman seems to be in fairly good repair but has had its windows replaced. It’s not the worst window replacement I’ve ever seen, not even close–even so, I wish they had worked harder to keep the extreme horizontality of the originals. It looks like most of the original awning-type steel windows are still in place on the secondary elevations.