Carthage High School (former), 714 South Main (now Sixth Grade Center)
Former Carthage High School, 2017.
First public school building built after the Civil War. It included all grades up to high school. After construction of a new high school in 1890, this structure became Central School for elementary levels. This image is from an early 1870s stereo view.
Another view of the first school building/Central School, c.1903.
1920s photograph of students outside the main entrance of CHS that was part of the 175th Anniversary of Carthage Exhibit at the Powers Museum (2017).
Variety of CHS school newspapers on displayed during 175th Anniversary of Carthage exhibit.
Papers associated with the construction of 1906 Carthage High School on displayed in 175th Anniversary of Carthage exhibit.
Digitization on CLIO is part of Powers Museum's "Digital Carthage" project in honor of Carthage's 175th Anniversary Celebration (March 28, 2017 through March 27, 2018).
Funding for the Walking in the Wards tour was made possible by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Spring 2017.
Backstory and Context
Prior to the 1906 high school, other high school buildings did not have auditoriums so all classes prior to the Class of 1906 held their graduation ceremonies at the Burlingame and Chafee Opera House (136 East Third Street; see Clio entry for same). The Class of 1906 was the first group to graduate from the actual school students attended.
Additions to the original 1906 structure have included a gymnasium on the south side (1951, in the approximate location of the former 1890 Carthage High School later known as the Manual Arts Building) and an east wing in 1966 and a new auditorium on the north side in 1988. The latter construction project used the final supply of local limestone quarried for building purposes from Carthage Marble Corporation (now Americold off North Francis Street). The auditorium's lobby featured a school history mural by artist Andy Thomas.
Hansford, Newton. Images of America: Carthage, Missouri. Charleston SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000.
Powers Museum Vertical Files: Carthage High School.
VanGilder, Marvin. Jasper County The First Two Hundred Years. Carthage MO: Jasper County Commission, 1995.
Utter, Wade and Hansford, Michele. Images of America: Carthage, Missouri 1940 - 1990. Charleston SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2013.
2017 Photograph of former CHS by Michele Hansford
1870s School photograph from collection of Powers Museum.
1903 School photograph from collection of Powers Musuem.
1920s CHS student photograph from Powers Museum Collection.
CHS newspapers from Powers Museum Archives.
1906 CHS construction papers from Powers Museum Archives.