Central Holmes Christian School

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Central Holmes Christian School (CHCS), previously Central Holmes Academy,[1] is a Christian private school in Lexington, Mississippi, United States.[2] It includes elementary, middle, and high school grades 1-12. The headmaster is Mike Sumlin[3] Lexington is the county seat of Holmes County.

In the late 1960s public schools in Holmes County, Mississippi and across the state were being racially integrated. The majority of the county population was black, as in many parts of the Delta. Many white parents withdrew their children from the public system and began sending them to Central Holmes, a newly established private school. James Charles Cobb said that Central Holmes Academy had been "hastily constructed"[4] as a segregation academy established by a chapter of the White Citizens' Council. A group of young men enrolled in a vocational program funded by the federal government of the United States used their training to establish the segregation academy.[5]

In the late 1960s, white parents enrolled almost every white child in Lexington in Central Holmes Christian Academy to avoid having them attend school with blacks.[6] But across the state as a whole, only a very small minority of white students were withdrawn to attend private schools; most stayed in public schools.[7] Today Central Holmes Christian School has 263 students enrolled.


  1. ^ "Robyn M. McCrory: Mayor: City of Lexington.(50 Leading..." Mississippi Business Journal. October 29, 2007. Retrieved from Google News on March 23, 2013. "At Central Holmes Academy (now known as Central Holmes Christian School), McCrory emerged as a team leader. A cheerleader, class vice president and [...]"
  2. ^ "Contact Us." Central Holmes Christian School. Retrieved on March 23, 2013. "130 Robert E. Lee Street Lexington, MS 39095"
  3. ^ "Handbook 2011-2012." (Archive) Central Holmes Christian School. Retrieved on March 23, 2013.
  4. ^ Cobb, p. 248.
  5. ^ Bolton (2005), The Hardest Deal of All, p. 136 [1]
  6. ^ Cooper, Michael (reviewer). "An Insider's Account of Race and Politics in the Delta" (Archive) Southern Changes, published by Emory University, 1989. Volume 11, Number 6. Retrieved on March 23, 2013. Includes an excerpt from Even Mississippi by Melany Neilson (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1989. xiv, pp. 199).
  7. ^ Bolton (2005), The Hardest Deal of All, pp. 178-179


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