BY: Marion Williams,
Class of 1964
Booker T. Washington High School hosted the first of many events to be held this year during its centennial celebration. On Friday, Oct. 19, an alumni tailgate was hosted on the basketball courts. Marie K. Young, retiring Escambia County Commissioner (District 3), and Civil Court Judge Joyce Williams were inducted in Washington’s “Hall of Fame” during a reception held in the school’s atrium.
To add more meaning to the festivities, the annual Homecoming Game was held at the Sherman Robinson Football Stadium after the alumni tailgate.
Past and current Student Government Association representatives’ setup of booths, sold T-shirts, gave away goodies, served food to attendees and acted as hosts for alumni.
Booker T. Washington High School was established on Wednesday, November 28, 1912. The school, first constructed as a three-story, 12-room edifice located on “C” and West Jackson streets, was once an all-black high school (servicing 409 students annually). The foundation for the school was laid in August of 1912.
In May of 1912, then Superintendent N.B. Cook and the Board of Public Instruction voted in a special session to build the first high school for Negro students in Escambia County. In March of 1912, the “Great Educator” Booker T. Washington paid a visit to Pensacola during his Florida Tour of Cities. Pensacola was his first stop.
Booker T. Washington High School has had many locations since its’ inception. The first on “C” and West Jackson streets (1912-38); the second on “A” and West Strong streets (1938-54), the third location was 30 Texar Dr. (1954 -82); and finally B. T. Washington High is now located on 6000 College Parkway (1982- current).