Councill Training School

Councill Training School (HMQL4)

Location: Huntsville, AL 35811 Madison County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 46.96', W 86° 34.344'

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(1919 - 1970)

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In 1919, the first building was erected nearby with funds provided locally and supplemented with a Julius Rosenwald Foundation grant. Named for William H. Councill, Alabama A&M University founder, the three-room structure was built for black students in grades 1-6. Traditionally county black students were taught in churches and lodge halls. Many would continue their education at the University's Laboratory School. The second school was erected on this site in 1948. This structure accommodated 600 students, grades 1-12. The first class graduated in 1949. The principals were: Dr. Charles Orr (1948-53), Mr. J.H. Richards (1953-59), and Mr. A.G. Adams (1959-70).
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In 1952, the school was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Enrollment increased from 600 to 950; faculty from 22 to 32. Additional classrooms were constructed in 1958 and 1962. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 impacted the future of the school. As black students attended neighborhood schools due to integration, enrollment declined. In 1968, the school became a senior high school, limited to grades 10-12. The school closed in 1970 as full integration took effect. The land and property reverted to Alabama A&M University in 1971 to accommodate University needs.
HM NumberHMQL4
Series This marker is part of the Rosenwald Schools series
Year Placed2001
Placed ByAlabama Historical Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 1:49am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 539122 N 3849025
Decimal Degrees34.78266667, -86.57240000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 46.96', W 86° 34.344'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 46' 57.60" N, 86° 34' 20.64" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1027 Unnamed Road, Huntsville AL 35811, US
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