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Manassas High School

781 Firestone Boulevard, Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 10' 27.130656", -90° 1' 50.734452"
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Manassas High School was established by Spencer Johnson and
others in 1899 on the west side of Manassas Street. Originally a two-room
framed structure in 1900, more rooms were added between 1902 and 1904. In
1918, a 16-room stucco building was erected. Additional improvements were
made between 1920 and 1980. In 1924 Manassas High School, known as one of
the largest Rosenwald schools and the first four-year accredited public high
school for Blacks in the county school system, graduated its first senior high
school class.
--The Cora P. Taylor Auditorium was erected in 1927.
It was named in honor of Mrs. Cora Price Taylor (1885-1932), who served as the
first high school principal of Manassas from 1909-1929. She personally hauled
bricks by truck from Millington to help build the auditorium that hosted
school assemblies, public affairs, and community events. In 1976, this
historical auditorium was demolished to make room for improvements to
Manassas High School.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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