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Randolph Henry High School

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1939. 755 David Bruce Ave.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Funded in part by David K. E. Bruce, this was one of the earliest consolidated high schools in Virginia. It was designed by the Division of School Buildings of the State Department of Education and is named for two of Charlotte County's most distinguished citizens, Patrick Henry and John Randolph of Roanoke. Since the house at Randolph's Roanoke plantation is no longer standing, the high school's name is the most visible reminder of the county's colorful politician and slavery apologist. Originally for white students, the school is now the centerpiece of a greatly expanded and integrated educational complex. Although typical in many ways of the two-story brick Colonial Revival consolidated high schools erected in Virginia from the late 1930s through the 1950s, this building has an unusual five-part massing. The two outer sections are gable-end and, like the central section, have parapeted end walls that rise into the historic forms of linked chimneys.

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Anne Carter Lee

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