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Piedmont Junior High School Records

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Piedmont Junior High School Records

Piedmont Junior High School records
MS0355

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Piedmont Junior High School (Charlotte, N.C.).
Title
Piedmont Junior High School records
ID
MS0355
Date [inclusive]
1925-1978
Extent
0.01 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains a small quantity of material concerning the history of Piedmont Junior High School, in Charlotte, NC, mostly from the early 1930s to the late 1940s.

Preferred Citation note

Piedmont Junior High School Records. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Junior high schools in Charlotte, North Carolina first began to develop in the 1920s. According to Dr. Garringer, who came to the Charlotte Public School system at that time, the school board hired him to become the new principal for the yet-to-be-built Central High School. At about the same time, the board also gave approval to plan and build Piedmont Junior High School, the first junior high school in the state. In part, Garringer was to oversee the construction of the new school facilities, which were designed “in view of the needs of pupils of that age.” These buildings, ultra-modern by the standards of the times, included departmental teaching, science labs, studios for both art and music, libraries and more. Such an ambitious undertaking required the passage of a two million dollar bond issue. Piedmont Junior High was built on a seven acre lot, had twenty-two classrooms within forty eight thousand square feet, and cost over $380,000. PJHS opened its doors to students in December of 1925, with Uhlman Alexander serving as its first principal. Most of the students came from the Elizabeth and Country Club sections of Charlotte. By 1928, the system employed 425 teachers and had an enrollment of over fourteen thousand students. The curriculum included Latin, French and Spanish. Though disciplinary problems were said to be rare, the playground, described as a “sea of red mud,” prevented the kids from using it. Instead, boys would often sneak off to a nearby luncheonette and play pool. The Quill was the name of the school newspaper, which eventually became the yearbook. The next big event to occur in twentieth century public school history was racial desegregation, in 1957. However, once this policy was introduced, white families began moving to other districts such as Hawthorne and Eastway, until Piedmont became predominantly African American. In 1973 remodeling and new building additions, consisting of new science labs, art and music rooms, a new library and offices, increased the building size by nearly twenty thousand feet, at a cost of nearly half a million dollars.

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Scope and Contents note

The Piedmont Junior High School records is a small collection consisting of photocopies of four documents, primarily from the 1930s and 40s, and nine photographs, 1947-48. These include a letter (dated December 3, 1978) from Dr. Garringer, to Mrs. Browder, concerning his tenure in the Charlotte Public School system; a two-page, handwritten chronology of the history of the school district; and two photocopies of The Quill from the early 1930s. There is also an assortment of photographs of PJHS athletes from the 1940s. As this collection concerns PJHS well before the years of desegregation and the civil rights movement, the photographs illustrate the exclusively white enrollment of the students of Piedmont Junior High. Of the two issues of The Quill, the first one is dated May 28, 1931. This was the concluding document of the class of 1931 and appears in the form of a school newspaper. A later issue, produced at the end of the 1931-32 academic year, includes the “Salutory Address,” written by Buford Patterson. Patterson later became a pilot in the US Army Air Corps in 1940, and was sent to the Philippines just before the Japanese over-ran the islands. He and his comrades were captured and spent the duration of the war as POWs. The UNCC Special Collections also has a copy of his war-time diary.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte July 2005

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
704-687-1170
spec-coll@uncc.edu

Revision Description

Encoded by Robert A. McInnes August 2005

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Tina Wright, 2005.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 2005.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Oliver Reagan Rowe papers (Mss 047). Buford Patterson Diary (Mss 352). Elmer Henry Garinger Papers (Mss 70).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
  • Piedmont Junior High School (Charlotte, N.C.).

Personal Name(s)

  • Garinger, Elmer Henry, 1891-
  • Patterson, Buford, (Horace Buford), 1918-1979

Subject(s)

  • Junior high schools--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Junior high schools--North Carolina--Mecklenburg County

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Collection Inventory

Box

Papers (Photocopies)

SFC 355

1) Letter (photocopy), from Dr. Garringer, to Mrs. Browder, concerning his time working for the Charlotte Public School system. December 3, 1978

2) Chronology (photocopy), handwritten, concerning the development and history of Piedmont Junior High School. 1925-1973

3) The Quill (photocopy) May 28, 1931.

4) The Quill (photocopy) 1931-1932

Box Folder

Photographs

P28 17
Box Folder item

Monitors

P28 17 P355/1

Library Assistants

P28 17 P355/2

Girls’ basketball team 1947-1948

Scope and Contents note

Front row, left to right: Regina Bryant, Sybil Carson, ? , Anne Ritch Coach: Katherine Carter, Polly Ward, Flowe Rodgers, Jo-Ann Claiborne, Carolyn Earnhardt, Nancy Carpenter. 3rd row: Nina Rupert, ? , ? , Jane Caldwell, ? , Joy Noles.

P28 17 P355/3

Girls’ basketball team 1948-1949

Scope and Contents note

Front row, 3rd from left: Sylvia Davis, Nancy Carpenter

P28 17 P355/4

Boys’ basketball team 1947-1948

Scope and Contents note

Front row, left to right: Sam Cornwell, Slug Claiborne, Larry Parker, Dick McCall, Eddie Frantz, Sonny Watkins. 2nd row: Floyd Feeny, Bruce Martin, Don Cornell, Jimmy Fox, Tom Barnhardt, Tony Frantz, ?

P28 17 P355/5

Boys’ football team 1947

Scope and Contents note

Front row, left to right: Sam Cornwell, Joe Faddel, Don Cornwell, Slug Claiborne, Larry Parker, Frantz, Dick McCall, Richard Yandel, ?, Tony Frantz. 2nd row: Tommy Thomas, Floyd Feeney, ? , Johnny Mallard, Wiley Harris, George Robinson, Sydney Evens, Terry Barns, ? , Sonny Watkins, Tommy Barnhard. 3rd row: Coach, ? , ? , ? , ? , Woody Gatlin, Wells, ? , ? , Dick Barnhardt

P28 17 P355/6

Boys’ football team 1948

Scope and Contents note

# 17 Tony Frantz, #18 Bill Calmert, # 30 Don Connell, Coach Irving Edelman.

P28 17 P355/7

Boys’ football team 1948

P28 17 P355/8

Boys’ baseball team 1948

Scope and Contents note

Front row, left to right: Slug Claiborne, Sam Cornwell, Eddie Frantz, George Robinson, Pinky Beam, ? , Tony Frantz. 2nd row: ? , Don Cornwell, Joe Fadell, Wiley Harris, Jack Kirby, ? , Sonny Watkins, ? Coach, John Reynolds, ? , ? , ? , Woody Gatlin.

P28 17 P355/9