Cameron School, Nashville

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Cameron Street High School was one of two schools for African Americans in Nashville prior to desegregation.  The final all-black class graduated in 1971.  The Gothic Revival styled school was designed by architect Henry C. Hibbs and constructed 1939-1940 with support from the Public Works Administration (Van West, 2001).  Nile E. Yearwood was the builder/contractor.  In 1954, the African American firm of McKissack and McKissack designed the additional wing.

The school was recently taken over by Nashville Charter School (Grace Tatter, 60 years after Brown: Nashville Charter School looks toward students’ futures while celebrating school’s past, June 2, 2014. Chalkbeat Tennesee: Education News).  Now known as Cameron College Prep, the majority of the students are Latino, and several nationalities and ethnic groups are present, with 30 languages being spoken, and 75% speak a language other than English at home.  The school’s mission:

We will do whatever it takes to graduate 100% of our students and send them to a four year college.

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