Clarksdale High School

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Clarksdale High School (CHS) is the public high school of Clarksdale, Mississippi and a part of the Clarksdale Municipal School District.

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History

Around the time of racial integration, circa the 1960s, there had been plans to build a new consolidated Clarksdale-Coahoma County High School to serve all children in Coahoma County; plans were abandoned, even though the building was already constructed, because the officials wanted to maintain segregation in a de facto manner. [1]

After Clarksdale High integrated racially (sometime around 1970) the school administration refused to allow students to do a black history week, a frequent practice at schools for black people. As a result, 80 students walked out of classes in protest. [2]

Extracurricular activities

In the early 20th century the school band, organized by Simon Kooyman, won Mississippi state championships and was named a Goodwill Ambassador to the city. [3]

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References

  1. Wilkie, Curtis. Dixie: A Personal Odyssey Through Events That Shaped the Modern South. Simon and Schuster, October 10, 2002. ISBN   0684872862, 9780684872865. p. 147.
  2. Bolton, Charles C. The Hardest Deal of All: The Battle Over School Integration in Mississippi, 1870-1980. University Press of Mississippi, 2005. ISBN   1604730609, 9781604730609. p. 205.
  3. Flowers, Judith Coleman (on behalf of the Carnegie Public Library). Clarksdale and Coahoma County. Arcadia Publishing, 2016. ISBN   1467115827, 9781467115827. p. 72.