Despite Segregation, Black High Schools Did Big Things

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The One-Time Largest High School for Negroes in the World

A.H. Parker High School in Birmingham first opened in 1900 as a school for Black children, holding its first graduation at the 16th Street Baptist Church. The school grew to 3,761 students in 1946, earning it the titles as “the largest high school for Negroes in the world.” Its graduates include jazz musician Sun Ra and Birmingham Mayor William Bell. 

(Photos from left: David Corio/Redferns, Mark Almond/AL.com/Landov)

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