Hayden High School in the city of Franklin was built in 1953. It replaced an overcrowded, African American high school building, that had been constructed in 1906 and was in poor condition. For proponents of school segregation, a fiercely contested issue in Virginia and elsewhere in the U.S. at the time, the new Hayden High School building represented a modern “separate but equal” educational facility for African American students. In 1970, the school was desegregated as a junior high school. Hayden High School was closed in the 1980s and has remained vacant since that time.
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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