Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Douglass High School (1926-1966)

Marker ID: THC 1A 143
Location: 301 Louis St, Kingsport, TN
County: Sullivan
Coordinates: N 36° 32.130    W 082° 33.199
  36.5355    -82.55331666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM9RGH


Side 1:
The only school for African Americans in Kingsport began in 1913 as the Oklahoma Grove School near downtown. With Ronsenwald and community funds, the first Douglass School building was constructed in 1928. A new structure was erected on this site in 1951 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Named for abolitionist Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), the school thrived under the strong leadership of longtime principals A.H. Howell and V.O. Dobbins, Sr.

Side 2:
African Americans students from Scott County, Virginia, also attended Douglas. It was accredited by the state in 1946 and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in the early 1960s, by which time it was among the largest black high schools in the tri-state area. Because of desegregation, Douglass' final graduation exercises took place on June 8, 1966. Thereafter the building housed the V.O. Dobbins Community Center.

Sign was dedicated on Friday, Sept 24, 2010.