Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School

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L.C. Humes High School
Humes School main entrance
Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School is located in Tennessee
Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School
Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School is located in the United States
Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School
Location659 N. Manassas St.,
Memphis, Tennessee
Coordinates35°09′32″N 90°02′00″W / 35.1589°N 90.0334°W / 35.1589; -90.0334Coordinates: 35°09′32″N 90°02′00″W / 35.1589°N 90.0334°W / 35.1589; -90.0334
Area7.2 acres (2.9 ha)
ArchitectGeorge Awsumb
Architectural styleCollegiate Gothic
MPSPublic Schools of Memphis 1902-1915 MPS
NRHP reference No.98000368[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 12, 2004

Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School, formerly the L. C. Humes High School, is a middle school located in Memphis, Tennessee. It has also been known as North Side High School and as L.C. Humes Junior High School. It was open as a high school from the 1930s through 1967 and later became a middle school in the Memphis City Schools district. In 2004, the school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for "its significance in education to Memphis, Tennessee and its Collegiate Gothic design",[2] the latter the work of noted architect George Awsumb.[2]

The school also has a connection to Elvis Presley, who graduated from the school in 1953. The school has numerous alumni from nearby Porter-Leath from its days as an orphanage and current foster care facility.

In 2012, the school opened as a charter school run by Gestalt Community Schools.[3] In 2017 it was announced that control of the school would be transferred to Frayser Community schools when Gestalt would exit after experiencing declining enrollment and funding.[4]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Judith Johnson; Nancy Jane Baker (July 15, 2001). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Humes, L.C., High School / North Side High School;Humes, L.C., Junior High School". National Park Service. Retrieved April 20, 2018. With accompanying 26 photos
  3. ^ Connolly, Daniel (October 7, 2016). "Changes on way for Humes Middle, Klondike Elementary". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Bauman, Caroline (January 31, 2017). "Achievement School District opts for new charter operator over closing Memphis Humes". Chalkbeat. Retrieved April 8, 2017.

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