DuBois High School History

The DuBois High School in Fayette County was established in 1917 to serve African-American students during the era of segregation in West Virginia. Despite the fact that the school had less space and less up-to-date teaching materials than the white high school, teachers still did their best to make sure that students received a good education. Students took pride in their school, the band, the football team, and more.

In 1950, the original school burnt down, and students spent the next 4 years having classes in local churches and businesses while they waited for a new school to be built. In 1954 the new school was finally ready, and in 1956 the segregated DuBios High School became the integrated Mount Hope High School.

Today, there is a museum dedicated to the DuBois High School in Mount Hope, which hosts educational programs keeping alive the spirit of the school. Thank you to Jean Evansmore for pointing us to this story and providing the photo.

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  1. Thank you very much for the post. We really appreciate it. Sharing this history is so important because we know it and other history has been ignored for many, many years. If you would just take the hyphen from Dr. DuBois’ name, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you. And, I might add for those that do not know, he pronounced his name as Do BOYS…Not as a French word as I have become aware so many incorrectly do nowadays. He told this to the Chicago Sunday Evening Club on January 20, 1939, and is on microfilm in W.E.B. DuBois Papers, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This comes from The World of W.E.B. DuBois…..A Quotation Sourcebook, copyright (C) 1992. As some of us older folks are used to saying, “He’d roll over in his grave if heard the mispronunciations that are common in this area”. I’d like him to RIP.

  2. Kate, looks like I may have missed something or someone did.

    After the school burned down, DuBois students had classes in CHURCHES…temporary buildings, principal’s basement and the hardware storefront, NOT in other schools as is reported here. Remember, this was during the time of segregation. There was not an empty school around for such. Please let me know if this was found on another site so that I can go there and correct it. Thank you.

    1. I will make that correction. I had read several sources that just said that the students ended up scattered around the city in temporary classrooms, and must have conflated that with other schools.

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