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Rosenwald Schools

In 2002, "Rosenwald Schools" were put on a list by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
National Recognition of Rosenwald Schools
The need for a comprehensive survey of Rosenwald schools is underscored by their placement on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2002 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Since 1988, this list, announced annually, has raised awareness and rallied resources to save endangered sites in every region of the country. When the 2002 list was announced recently, the National Trust noted that the first step in saving the remaining Rosenwald schools is a systematic survey, coupled with creation of local activist networks dedicated to implementing adaptive uses of the buildings. In 2001, the National Trust Southern Office established the Rosenwald School Initiative to develop a network of private individuals and organizations interested in preserving the remaining schools. The RSCP is an active partner in the initiative and the HPO has enjoyed a productive collaborative relationship with the National Trust for many years. It is expected that the results of the volunteer survey project co- sponsored by the RSCP and the HPO will help the three organizations achieve their preservation goals through a public-private partnership.
I attended Peake High School in Arkansas, a Rosenwald school. In keeping with Mr. Rosenwald's desires, the name Rosenwald was not attached and we had graduated with no knowledge of how our school came to be. But I had seen "Rosenwald" in the current Peake school's history on their website.

As a result of this initative by the National Trust, the historic preservation folk in Arkansas began a search for such schools and I saw an article in the newspaper and put two and two together. Once this information was conveyed to an already semi-organized alumni group in southern California, they immediately contacted the state and our school was added to their list to be considered. It is one of the few brick schools built with Rosenwald funding. Peake High School was finally added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

Dunbar High in Little Rock is also a Rosenwald school and built of brick. People from around the state attended Dunbar. Peake originally only went through 10th grade, and my father attended Dunbar for 11th grade.

ps - your name Yeager caught my attention because there was a Yeager High School in Hope, Arkansas

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Lipford ~ A Rosenwald School blt 1924-25
Rosenwald Schools

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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