A BRIEF HISTORY
George Washington Carver
Regional High School,
George Washington Carver
Alumni Association (GWCAA)
George Washington Carver Regional High School
Alumni Association, Inc. (GWCRHSAA, Inc.
Culpeper, County, Virginia Record Book 119-page 357 researched 2/12/1995 by Les Daniel,
THIS DEED made and entered into this 31st day of August 1946 by and between Noah Price (widower) as party of the first, and the Orange, Madison, Rappahannock and Culpeper Counties School Board, as the second part.
WITNESSETH: That for in consideration of the sum of Ten Dollars ($10) cash in hand and other good and valuable consideration paid by the said parties of the second part to said party of the first part, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, the said party of the first part does hereby give, grants, bargain sell, release, transfer and convey, WITH GENERAL WARRANTY OF TITLE, unto the said parties of the second part, all of that certain tract or parcel of land about eight miles south of the Town of Culpeper, in the County of Culpeper, State of Virginia, on the east or south side of State Highway Route #15, containing 11.15 acres, a survey and plat of the same as made by John Boldridge on July 24, 1946, is hereto attached made a part of and to be recorded with this deed. The land hereby conveyed is part of a larger or tract or parcel of land conveyed to the said Noah Price by the Second National Bank of Culpeper by its deed dated May 2, 1927 recorded in deed book 81, page 139 of the land records of Culpeper County, Virginia. Reference is hereby now expressly made to the above mentioned deed for a more particular and accurate description of tract or parcel of land hereby conveyed. The said party of the first party hereby covenants that he has the right to convey the said land to the said grantees; that the said grantees shall have quiet possession of said land, free from all encumbrances; that he has done no act to encumber the same; and that he will execute such other and further assurances of
title as may be requisite. Witness the following signature and seal. (NOTE) Noah Price was the father of Mrs. Viola Price Blair, one of GWCRHS 1st teachers in 1948.
Prior to 1948 young African American students in Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties experienced extreme difficulties in acquiring a high school education. Culpeper and Orange counties had a secondary program; however, the offerings were so very limited that some parents paid for their children’s attendance to school elsewhere to ensure that they would be admitted to college.
Greene, Madison, and Rappahannock counties did not provide an educational opportunity beyond the 7th grade. The children of these counties were forced to gain a high school education elsewhere at the total expense of their parents. In 1946 because of the struggle by African American citizens in the five counties and the threat of a legal suit, caused the governing bodies of Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties to explore the possibility of a regional high school. Later Greene County withdrew and decided to join Albemarle County. The four remaining counties concluded that a regional high school would fulfill the requirement and provide significant economic advantages to the counties. In 1946 as listed in the deed information above the representative of Orange County proposed to the regional group (Culpeper,
Madison, and Rappahannock) a resolution to request the approval and allocation of funds from the Governor of Virginia (Gov. William C. Tuck) to build a regional high school for African American children of these counties.
The resolution thus read:
WHEREAS the counties of Madison and Rappahannock have no high school facilities for Negroes, the county of Orange has but one four-room high school for Negroes housing at present 125 Negro pupils, and the high school facilities for Negroes at Culpeper are inadequate.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Regional Board of Control of said high school, assembled at Culpeper, Virginia on October 11, 1946, does hereby urge the Honorable William M. Tuck, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to approve the allocation of $75,000.00 to this project as soon as possible so the said Regional Board of Control may proceed with its plans to erect the high school building for Negro pupil of the four counties at the earliest possible date.
George Washington Carver Regional High School, named for one of America’s greatest scientist, an African American who revolutionized agriculture and economically saved agriculture in the South, opened its doors
Friday, October 1, 1948 to 452 students and the 1949 yearbook list 20 teachers, Mr. Frederick. W. Black, Mrs. Viola Price Blair, Mrs. Carrie Michie, Mr. R.B. Hooper, Mrs. E.C. Washington, Mr. Frizzell E. Jones, Mrs. Alease Scott, Miss. F.A. Young, Mr. H.T. Perry, Mrs. Marion Anglin, Mr. Frederick I. Hawkins, Jeanette C. Moore, Mrs. Kate H. Johnson, Mr. Overton Rexford Johnson, Mr. Robert L. Barnes, Mrs. Eva W. Jackson, Mr. David A. Richardson, Mr. C.L. Conyers, Mrs. Stella H. Fleshmon, Mr. Ananias C. Washington, the Only Principal, Mr. Harvey Fleshmon, a Secretary, Miss Virginia Carter, a cafeteria manger, the ONLY Custodian, Mr. William Lewis, and many volunteer parent workers.
Note: The Bold names dedicated the entire 20 years at George Washington Carver Regional High School.
As results of a rapid increase in enrollment, the school’s physical plant was expanded by the addition of eight classrooms and a gymnasium shortly after open. The New Farmer of America Chapter was named after
The first Agriculture teacher. Mr. Overton Rexford Johnson. Mr. Robert L. Barnes wrote our Alma Mater. The next year we got a physical Education Teacher, Mr. Wilbert L. Lovett and a Band Director, Mr. Elmer F. Sampson.
George Washington Carver Regional High School quickly gained recognition on the state and national level. It’s was highly motivated and dedicated students distinguished themselves in high school activities, in colleges and universities, as citizens and in the work place. When George Washington Carver Regional High School closed its doors in 1967 as a high school(19 year of service), from the yearbooks over 4,500 young students had grace it’s classrooms and under 1,500 graduated 1949-62, 1950-51, 1951-80, 1952-89, 1953-84, 1954-88, 1955-18,the last 11th grade, 1956-56, the 1st 12th grade graduation, 1957-81, 1958-96, the largest graduating class, 1959-94, 1960-83, 1961-69, 1962-73, 1963-83, 1964-68, 1965-90, 1966-79 1967-79, 1968-11 did not go with the integrations . During the 19 years these young students move to the cities, therefore on 1/3 of eight graders completed the five years at GWCRHS, but they made significant contributions to their communities and the Nation.
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