Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Shelby County Training School

Marker ID: THC 4E 125
Location: 5909 Woodstock-Cuba Road, Woodstock, TN
County: Shelby
Waymark: None


In 1913, Shelby County Training School was established for African-American students. Boarding students performed all necessary chores including gardening, cooking, cleaning and laundering. Prof. TJ. Johnson was the school's first principal. Under Prof. R.J. Roddy, the school became noted for its strict high school course guidelines. Later known as Woodstock High School, in 1923, S.C.T.S. graduated its first high school class of three students. In 1970, under Prof. John Strong's tenure, the school was desegregated and became an elementary school.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.