Carver

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2100 East 6th Street

 


Originally called East End, the first Carver School was a four-room schoolhouse built in 1924 at 8th and Calhoun streets. (East End shows up in School Board minutes as early as 1912.)

 



Photo: The East End School. located at 8th & Calhoun streets.
Date of photo unknown. Photo from LRSD archives.

A second structure was built at 800 Apperson Street in 1949; it housed the district's Alternative Learning Center until spring 2006 when both ALCs were consolidated into the Southwest Learning Academy. The present Carver Elementary building, at the present address, opened in 1988 and officially was dedicated in May 1989.

Some teachers at the old Carver school include Mrs. Hicks, Mrs. Collier, Mrs. Zenobia Minor, Mrs. Bernice Haymond, Mrs. Almeta White, Mrs. McCoy, Mrs. Alice Dancler, Mrs. Melvin Minor, Mrs. James Wise, Mrs. Sara Rice, Mrs. Sally White, Mrs. Eva Richmond, Mrs. Bernice Moore, Mrs. Capitola Nance and Mrs. Iphigenia Bush (music).

Some principals at the old Carver school include Mrs. Lydia Gillum, Mrs. Hamilton, Mr. Alton Arnold, Mr. Herbert Denton and Mr. Nathaniel Hill. Later principals include Mrs. Molly Vault, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Fowler, Mrs. Viola Danley and Mrs. Erma Kelly.

Carver Elementary is named after George Washington Carver.

 



Photo: Carver School at 800 Apperson Street.
Photo from LRSD archives.

The new Carver Magnet Elementary building is "U"-shaped, representing a magnet, with specially designed rooms for science, math, art, music and physical education; it also has a computer lab and a star lab planetarium. Carver was established as a magnet school to enhance educational, cultural and social opportunities for all students. Exemplary programs in math, science, computers and the core subject areas were developed to attract parents and students to the school.

 

George Washington Carver (ca. 1864-1943) was world renowned for his achievements in agricultural research. He taught southern sharecroppers and farmers how to grow and preserve nutritious foods and how to maximize their yields by rotating crops. In 1914 he used his influence to convince southern Congressmen to move to other crops besides cotton--a crop being threatened by the boll weevil--and revolutionized southern agriculture. Carver developed processes for manufacturing paper, ink, shaving cream, linoleum, synthetic rubber, plastics, bleach, metal polish and over 300 other consumer and industrial products from the peanut and the sweet potato while serving as Director of Agricultural Research at the Tuskegee Institute. Born a slave in Diamond Grove, Missouri, Carver earned a high school diploma after the Civil War while working as a farmhand. Carver never patented most of his discoveries while at Tuskegee: "God gave them to me; how can I sell them to someone else?" Though he was offered large salaries to work for Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, Carver chose instead to work for the improvement of the quality of life for the disenfranchised. "If I took that money," he said, "I might forget my people."

 


Sources: LRSD archives.
Carver Magnet Elementary web site
Mrs. Mary Swift (names of teachers and principals).
About.com web site; biography of G.W. Carver:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology web site; biography of G.W. Carver:

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