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Pearl High School - 3A 147 - Nashville, TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member thegorilla23
N 36° 09.684 W 086° 48.006
16S E 517979 N 4001868
Quick Description: Historic school west of downtown Nashville, TN
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 7/16/2013 10:28:25 PM
Waymark Code: WMHJVC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler
Views: 4

Long Description:
Pearl High School is a historic building in Nashville, TN. The school moved a few times after opening in 1883. It finally settled in this location in 1936. It was named after the original superintendent of schools, Joshua Pearl. The school closed in 1983 and a new school, Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School, opened 3 years later in 1986.

The text of the sign says:

(Front)
Named for Joshua F. Pearl, the city's first superintendent of schools, Pearl was established in 1883 as a grammar school for Negroes and was located on old South Summer Street. It became a high school in 1897 when grades 9 thru 11 were transferred from Meigs School. In 1917, the 12th grade was added and Pearl moved to 16th Ave. No. and Grant Street. In 1936, the school moved to this location.

(Rear)
In 1966, the first year that the TSSAA was fully desegregated, Pearl's boys' basketball team won the state championship. Considered one of the leading Black academic high schools in America, Pearl was closed in 1983, as a result of court imposed busing. In 1986, this facility became the site of the Martin Luther King Magnet High School for Health Sciences and Engineering.
Marker Name: Pearl High School

Marker Location: City

Type of Marker: Building

Marker Number: 3A 147

Group(s) Responsible for placing Marker:
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission


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