Designed by the Roanoke architectural firm of Smithey and Boynton and constructed in 1939-40 with federal Public Works Administration funds, Covington High School operated from the close of the Great Depression through World War II, and into the Cold War era. Architecturally, the school combines an unusual blend of styles, borrowing elements from Classical, Renaissance, Collegiate Gothic, and Art Deco, which distinguishes it from other more stylistically conservative school buildings of the period in western Virginia. The Covington High School’s founding principal brought strict discipline to the student body, while the school offered a modern educational curriculum for academic scholarship, vocational training, athletics, and community service. The high school also served as a city of Covington community center for concerts, public health vaccinations, military recruitment, and Westvaco union meetings.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark
DHR has secured permanent legal protection for over 700 historic places - including 15,000 acres of battlefield lands
DHR has erected 2,532 highway markers in every county and city across Virginia
DHR has engaged over 450 students in 3 highway marker contests
DHR has stimulated more than $4.2 billion dollars in private investments related to historic tax credit incentives, revitalizing communities of all sizes throughout Virginia