Hugo [African-American] High School – Hugo

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Address:  113 Lowrey, Hugo, Oklahoma 040, Choctaw County 023  County:  Choctaw
Started:   Completed:  1936

Current Usage:

Description:

A four room school initially, the old [African-American] high school at Hugo is a single story, rectangular (78′ x 45′) structure constructed of wood with clapboard siding. The roof is hipped, and the entryways, at either end, are recessed. Window openings, which extend to the eaves, had been enclosed with wood inserts and smaller, energy efficient windows installed. New wood, clapboard siding has also been placed on the structure. The architectural integrity of the building is still intact.
This structure was the black high school in Hugo when the educational system was still segregated, and it was constructed by black WPA laborers. It is significant, therefore, because construction of it provided work opportunities for unskilled and unemployed black laborers in the Hugo vicinity where few had existed previously. It also provided for the first time a building specifically dedicated to upper grade education for black students. As an urban WPA school building, it is remarkable for its modest scale and its use of wood as the construction material of choice. To the community it is unique architecturally because of type (a black school) and workmanship. That it continues significant is reflected by its present use as a headstart center.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: Lot 1, Block 3, Frisco Addition, Hugo original

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Choctaw County – Hugo Black School

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