Charles M. Hall School
Front view of the site of the Charles M. Hall school.
The Charles M. Hall School
Charles M. Hall, the inventor the school was named after.
Backstory and Context
In 1926, the new Charles M. Hall School was opened. The school was named after revered inventor Charles M. Hall, who invented the modern process for making aluminum. The school was an all black segregated school. Initially the school went only through the tenth grade, and in order to graduate from high school, black students had to finish their last two years at Austin High School in Knoxville. It was not until 1939 that Hall had twelve grades and graduated its first class (Judge Duggan). Today the site is home to the Watt Street Gym, as well as being right next to Lincoln Memorial University.
Duggan, David R.. City of Alcoa Centennial Historic Tour. Alcoa, Tennessee. Alcoa City, 2019.
Miller, Amy Beth. Alcoa Intermediate School teachers receive lesson from city historian David Duggan, July 23rd 2017. Accessed September 24th 2019. https://www.thedailytimes.com/news/alcoa-intermediate-school-teachers-receive-lesson-from-city-historian- david/article_78d0ba6b-747b-53bb-8f68-d1e87b40e43a.html.
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David R. Duggan