Historic Markers Across Alabama

Holtville School

Marker ID: AHC 
Location: Holtville Road (Alabama Route 111), Holtville, Alabama
County: Elmore
Coordinates: N 32° 38.19    W 086° 19.576
  32.6365    -86.32626666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMJWYN


In the late 1930s & early 1940s Holtville School won national acclaim as one of the foremost examples of the progressive education movement in the U.S. It was one of 33 southern schools in 1938 chosen to receive financial support in developing new educational methods. Under the direction of Mr. James Chrietzberg, principal, new educational practices were developed largely by local participants. A commitment to progressive reform was established which continued throughout the 1940s to focus on using the school to improve physical, economic, social & recreational conditions in the community. Students were also given greater responsibility for directing their own education, while the school placed emphasis on learning as they worked.

The main Spanish-style complex was completed in 1929 & retains many of its original features.

Erected by the 1987 Senior Class & the 1986-87 Student Council

End of Holtville School