Atkins High School (North Carolina)

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Atkins High School (former)
Atkins High School (North Carolina) is located in North Carolina
Atkins High School (North Carolina)
Location 1215 N. Cameron Ave., Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Coordinates 36°06′39″N 80°13′17″W / 36.11083°N 80.22139°W / 36.11083; -80.22139Coordinates: 36°06′39″N 80°13′17″W / 36.11083°N 80.22139°W / 36.11083; -80.22139
Area 15.1 acres (6.1 ha)
Built 1931
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 99001618[1]
Added to NRHP December 30, 1999

Atkins High School located at Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, was dedicated on April 2, 1931, as a facility for “Negro children”. The building, equipment and grounds were valued at that time at $400,000. This was paid primarily by the city, with a grant of $50,000 from the Rosenwald Fund.[2]


Julius Rosenwald was a president of Sears Roebuck who was noted for supporting black schools throughout the south. The first principal was John Carter, who had previously been a professor at Winston-Salem Teacher’s College. He continued as principal until 1959. The school curriculum included both an academic track for those students intending to go on to college, and a vocational track for those intending to start work immediately.

Dr. Simon Green Atkins came to Winston-Salem from Raleigh, North Carolina, where he graduated from St. Augustine Normal and Collegiate Institute (now St. Augustine's College). In 1890, he accepted the position of principal of Depot Street School in Winston-Salem. Dr. Atkins was the organizer, secretary, and agent of the board that started Slater Industrial Academy in 1892, now Winston–Salem State University. Dr. Atkins served as principal of Slater on a part-time basis for the first two years of its existence, while he continued his work as principal of Depot Street School. As Slater Industrial Academy grew, the demands upon Dr. Atkins' leadership and direction increased. In 1895, he resigned his position at Depot Street School to devote himself entirely to Slater Academy.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.[1]

The Atkins name was transferred to a new building housing the Simon G. Atkins Academic & Technology High School in September 2006.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b Landon Edmunds Oppermann (April 1998). "Atkins High School" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-11-01. 
  3. ^ City of Durham, North Carolina (2007). "Durham, North Carolina Mayor's Office". City of Durham, North Carolina. Archived from the original on 28 October 2007. Retrieved October 7, 2007. 

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