Central High School


Papers of Jackson Davis, MSS 3072, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library  



Henry Bertram Pemberton, Sr

The Jackson Davis Collection: Wiley College, Bishop College, Central High School, Harrison County Training School

Joseph J. Rhoads, school administrator and college president, was born in Marshall, Texas, on October 30, 1890, the son of Dennis Collins and Mary J. Rhoads. He graduated from Central High School
J. T. Rosborough, political and civil-rights activist, was born on September 19, 1907, to Willie and Lula (Robinson) Rosborough in Harleton, Texas. Upon graduation from Central High School in Marshall he married a classmate, Sallie Mae Harris, who became a teacher in Marshall.
Charles Whittaker Pemberton, black Houston physician, was born to H. B. and Nora (Hawley) Pemberton in Marshall, Texas, in 1892. He attended Central High School

Marker Title: Site of Central School

Marker Text: Early schools for Marshall's African Americans consisted of loosely organized classes held in homes, churches, and lodge halls. In 1894 Professor H. b. Pemberton, Sr., convinced city officials of the need for a school building and a fixed curriculum for African Americans. Pemberton arranged a loan, which the african American community repaid, to establish Marshall's first public school, "Central School," at this site in 1894. Central expanded in 1906 to include a high school. Central High School moved in 1925 and the school here was renamed "Hillside." Hillside School closed in 1941.

MARSHALL PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL. Principal: H. B. Pemberton.

A public high school offering four years of secondary work with good industrial training. The seven elementary grades are taught in the same building.

Attendance.—Secondary, 142; male 42, female too. The elementary enrollment was 712.

Teachers.—Secondary, 4; all colored; male 2, female 2. Four industrial teachers give part time to the high school. There were 9 teachers for the elementary grades.

Organization.—Secondary: The high-school subjects include: Latin, mathematics, history and civics, English, botany, physiology, and physics. Industrial : A good course in cooking and sewing is provided for girls, and besides the usual manual training, the boys have shoe repairing. One period a day is given to the work. The teaching in both academic and industrial subjects is thorough.

Plant.—Estimated value, $10,000. The plant consists of a city lot and 2 acres of rented land, together with two buildings, one of brick and one of frame. The equipment is good.

Date of visit: December, 1915.

* Sec recommendations in summary chapter, p. ss*

Sketch from Negro Education: A Study of the Private and Higher Schools

Dorothy Vance Montgomery, musician and educator in Marshall, Texas. She taught in the Marshall Public Schools, 1930-1976. She also taught piano for 44 years at her private studio; was minister of music for 17 years at New Bethel Baptist Church; and was adjunct teacher for 2 years at Wiley College. The image shows her receiving one of several local awards for her long contribution to music education