William Hooper Councill High School Site
W.H. Councill High School at the time of its closing in 1966.
The W.H. Councill High School in 1915. This frame building was replaced in 1927 with a new brick school building.
William Hooper Councill, the school's namesake.
Ms. Marguerite Dobbins Lacey was a teacher at Council High School.
Backstory and Context
Councill High School served African-American students grades 7-12 during the years of segregation in the public school system. Graduates of Councill High have fond memories of their time spent there and of the devoted educators who made their careers at Councill.
Huntsville City Schools began integration in 1963. In 1965, the school was integrated along with the other city high schools. In 1966, the school was closed and its students consolidated into other city high schools.
Today, the W.H. Councill High site is under development to become a community park.
Lacey, Henry C. "Remembering Councill School." The Huntsville Historical Review, vol. 21, no. 1, 3-8. Published January 1994. http://huntsvillehistorycollection.org/hh/hhpics/hhr/pdf/Volume_21_1_Jan-94.pdf?zoom=100#page=7
HMCPL Digital Archives. http://digitalarchives.hmcpl.org/.
Conner, Kristen. Council approves new plans for historic Huntsville site. WHNT News 19. November 16, 2017. Accessed April 15, 2018. http://whnt.com/2017/11/16/council-approves-new-plans-for-historic-huntsville-site/.