East Tupelo School, part 3

Lawhon Elem entrance

Over the past few days, we have visited the original East Tupelo high school building, constructed in 1936, and toured the canning plant constructed circa 1940. We finish up the visit today with a brief look at the new class room (and current entrance) constructed in 1952.  Architect was Feemster & Connett, and renovations were completed in 1992 (MDAH Historic Resources Inventory).

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There are five classroom buildings identified in the MDAH database for Lawhon, including 2 that are not extant from circa 1930.  The gymnasium, which is of the same design as other gyms built in the late 1930s and 1940s, is not listed in the historic resources inventory, however, it is identified in the 1935 news article that published the approval to build the high school and teacher’s home.  A cafeteria c. 1955, and music rooms are listed in addition to the classroom buildings added in the late 1950s.  The unidentified building (seen from the rear, on Wayside Street) is not identified in the inventory, but the Google map view shows it as a stand-alone building located behind the 1952 elementary building.  All buildings are connected with covered sidewalks.

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6 Responses to East Tupelo School, part 3

  1. beauregard rippy says:

    That unidentified building is fairly recent. Probably built within last 20 years or so.


  2. beauregard rippy says:

    The little brick building between the unidentified building and the cafeteria building is the two-room music room / school store building. It was a white frame building but was enclosed in brickwork fairly recently. South room was the music/piano teaching room back in the early 1960s and the north room was the school store where students could purchase snacks and school supplies.


  3. Barbara says:

    I started school when I was 5 in 1952 and the store and music room was there then. I took piano lessons when I was in the 6th grade and when I went to THS they were still using them. I think the store was still open. I could be wrong.


    • beauregard rippy says:

      Barbara, I know the music room and store was used in the early to mid-1960s. Some classmates took piano there and I bought snacks at the store.


  4. Suzassippi says:

    I actually find it pretty fascinating that Mississippi schools had so many buildings they were known as “complexes.” Perhaps it was because they were all added at different times.


  5. Randy says:

    The original East Tupelo Consolidated School was finished in 1927. It had 4 classrooms and an auditorium. The next building was built south of the first building. And it contained the auditorium that is currently on the Lawhon campus. The original building was torn down to make room for a new elementary building and it housed grades one thru five. It still stands on the Lawhon campus.


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