In December 1958, former Garnet High School coach James R. Jarrett was named head basketball coach at Charleston High School, the first African American in the state to be appointed head coach at a previously all-white public school.
Before going to Charleston High
School, James R. Jarrett was first a teacher at Garnet High School. Garnet High
School is considered a historical African American high school. This school is
a three story brick building that was built in the years of 1928 to 1929. The
building was dedicated December 2nd- 4th of 1929. Garnet
was one of the three schools in Kanawha valley built for the education of
African American students. The door closed in 1956 as a result of intergration
and has not been used as a public school since then. The site was listed on the
National Register of Historical Places in 1990. Today the building that housed Garnet High
School is now Garnet Career Center.
more about Garnet High School, visit the Clio site about the high school at http://theclio.com/web/entry?id=7061.
There is also a great article about Carter G. Woodson which talks about Garnet
High School and integration written by Mary Harper. This article can be found at
with integration, James R. Jarrett was named the head basketball coach at
Charleston High School. Charleston High School opened their doors in 1916 as an
all white school. This building was located on the corner Quarrier Street and
Morris Street in downtown Charleston. It was later moved to Washington Street
East, Brooks Street, and Lee Street, only three blocks from the original
building and the old building became Thomas Jefferson Junior High School. This
school was built in 1926 because of overcrowding. However, that school became
over crowded during the late 1930’s and then the school Stonewall Jackson was
built in 1940 for the students for the west side of Charleston. Today the building no longer exist. It was torn down in mid 1989.