July09 Name This Place #2

To play this exciting week-long game, see The Rules.

Congratulations to Joseph A for grabbing the first points yesterday. Today we’ll go to a different part of the state and a different era.

Current Standings:

  1. Joseph A: 2 points
  2. tsj1957: 1 point
  3. Theodore: 1 point


main lobby

main lobby

Categories: Contest, Hattiesburg, Modernism, Recent Past, Schools

10 replies

  1. Hawkins Elementary School in Hattiesburg, designed by our very own N.W. Overstreet. Not sure about a construction date so I’ll leave that for the late risers :) Remarkably it is still in use as a school today. Well, not today since the kiddies are all out for the summer.


  2. Oh, I got it. It was built in 1951, and it was historically a junior high. Don’t want to get docked a point on a technicality.


  3. Well, well, well, doakley comes out of nowhere to tie for the lead with two points! Technically the firm name was N.W. Overstreet & Associates and they were the principal architects, but I’ll give that one to you. You are also correct on the construction date.

    Still a few pieces of information out there to be picked up, but doakley has grabbed alot here. Maybe this one was too easy?


  4. Darn, I knew it was some old school in Hattiesburg, but I couldn’t remember the name.


  5. From the Hattiesburg American, Nov. 9, 1950:

    “New Junior High

    At the new junior high school building, which will be ready for students in January, the visitors found the ‘last word’ in schools– an ultra-modern, fireproof building; a home economics department which will be furnished like a model home; an audio-visual room; and a large, handsome auditorium, among other features. Out-of-town visitors have said no other school in the state can match this $600,000 building with its equipment.”

    George L. Hawkins Jr. High School open house, April 22, 1951 [brochure]:

    “Have you seen

    the auditorium and beautiful velour stage curtains?

    the auditorium exhaust fans in the plenum chambers?

    the home economics department and model apartment?

    the shamrock on the gym floor?

    the hot water blower-type heaters in the gym?

    the band room with the elevated floor?

    the blond piano in the music room?

    the spacious art room with windows from floor to ceiling?

    the visual education room?

    the cafeteria? (refreshments)

    the boiler room?

    the shop?

    the vault and public address system in the principal’s office?

    the students’ store?

    the two-faced electronic clocks in the corridors?

    the radiant heating system on first floor?

    the indirect lighting in the rotunda? [!]

    the separate clinics for boys and girls?

    the blond furniture in each classroom?

    the recessed lockers lining the wide corridors?

    the many entrances to the building?

    the students’ porch entrance with canopy for rainy weather?

    the paved parking area?”

    Information for citizens proposed two million dollar bond issue, Hattiesburg Municipal Separate School District, to be voted on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1955:

    shows that in only four years the school had been outgrown and $50,000 worth of work needed to be done including making a classroom out of part of the model apartment.


    • Carunzel more than earns a point! Although if I had written the article I would have played up the “indirect lighting in the rotunda” more.


  6. So now we have a 4-way 3-way tie by my count, is that right? Tomorrow’s will separate the boys from the men, or the men from the women, or whatever way we’re supposed to say in today’s world (“the people on one side from those on the other side who are in every way equal and identical yet also very special in their own unique ways”?)



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