Roosevelt School (Lake Wales, Florida)

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Roosevelt School
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Roosevelt School (Lake Wales, Florida) is located in Florida
Roosevelt School (Lake Wales, Florida)
Roosevelt School (Lake Wales, Florida) is located in the US
Roosevelt School (Lake Wales, Florida)
Location Lake Wales, Florida
Coordinates 27°54′39″N 81°35′44″W / 27.91083°N 81.59556°W / 27.91083; -81.59556Coordinates: 27°54′39″N 81°35′44″W / 27.91083°N 81.59556°W / 27.91083; -81.59556
Area less than one acre
Architect Wilbur B. Talley, Howard B. Trauger
NRHP reference # 01000306[1]
Added to NRHP March 29, 2001

The Roosevelt School (also known as the Roosevelt Academy) is a historic school in Lake Wales, Florida. It is located at 115 E Street. On March 29, 2001, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Originally this school served the African-American Community or the Northwest community in Lake Wales. Currently it is an ESE vocational school specifically designed to teach and train students in grades 6-12 with learning disabilities to adapt and excel in society

Roosevelt School - This school was completed in 1937 and named for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Classes were held for grades 1 - 9. In 1939, it became a full-fledged senior high school. In May 1940 the first commencement exercises were held with 13 students being granted diplomas. In 1950, the addition of Unit G was made; in 1955, Units A, B, D, E, were added and the gymnasium was constructed in 1957. Enrollment during the 1960s reached over 1,300. Roosevelt served African-American students from Frostproof as well as Lake Wales.[2]

Roosevelt Academy - In the early 1980s Roosevelt was converted to a vocational school and is part of the Polk County School System.

References and external links[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ From the Crown Jewel of the Highlands Lake Wales, Florida written by Janyce Barnwell Ahl in 1983.