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Hayden High School, Franklin (Southampton Co.).

Hayden High School in Franklin was constructed in 1953 during an era when the desegregation of Virginia’s public schools was a fiercely contested issue in many localities including Southampton County. Built to replace an overcrowded and all-black high school building from 1906 that was in poor condition, Hayden High School represented for advocates of segregation a modern “separate but equal” educational facility. The school was desegregated as a junior high in 1970. In addition to the two-story brick Hayden school building, there are two separate expansion classroom buildings built in 1969.