Colored High School graduates, 1911

Unknown Photographer / Unknown subjects except for the lady in the front center – Mae Smith

Built in 1893, Colored High School was renamed to Booker T. Washington High School in 1928. Originally located at 303 San Felipe / W. Dallas in Houston’s Freedmen’s Town, the school moved to 4204 Yale in 1958.

1896 Sanborn Map showing the location of Colored High School in Freedmen’s Town

Until the construction of Yates and Wheatley high schools in 1926 and 1927, respectively, Colored High was the only secondary school for Black people in Houston.

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