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Charlotte Schools in 1940

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools today teach over 100,000 students and employ over 6,000 teachers in almost 150 schools. There is significant community debate about the future of the school system. To gain a historical perspective, this gallery provides a glimpse of the Charlotte City Schools in 1940. In 1940, the system featured 23 schools for whites and 8 for blacks. In the white schools were 12,252 students and 398 teachers; in the black schools were 5,468 students and 154 teachers. The 1940-41 operating budget was $856,661, which certainly would not go far today.


Alexander Graham Junior High School

Alexander Graham Junior High School, known affectionately as "AG," was North Carolina's first Junior High School, established in 1920. The original school, pictured above, was on Morehead Street. In the 1950s, a new facility for the school was built on Runnymede Lane. The school is now a middle school, serving students from grades 6-8.

Central High School

Central High School was Charlotte's first public high school. It remained the oldest high school of the city until the construction of Garinger High School about 1960 and the convcrsion of the Central High building into the nucleus of Central Piedmont Community College's downtown campus.

Myers Park School

The Myers Park School still serves the community as an elementary school. This stately brick structure is one of the oldest extant public school buildings in Mecklenburg County.

O'Donoghue School

The O'Donoghue School, like the original Alexander Graham School, was demolished.

Piedmont Junior High School

Piedmont Junior High School is still operated is Piedmont Open Middle School.


A scene from a vocational training class. Vocational training has changed significantly since these photos were taken!


A scene from a vocational training class. Vocational training has changed significantly since these photos were taken!


A scene from a vocational training class. Vocational training has changed significantly since these photos were taken!



This site was developed using a Macintosh-compatible personal computer by Bruce Schulman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.