Date of Award


Degree Name

Curriculum and Instruction


College of Education

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

L. Eric Lassiter, Ph.D., Committee Chair

Second Advisor

Lisa A. Heaton, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Tom Hisiro, Ed.D.

Fourth Advisor

Karen McComas, Ed.D.


Douglass High School (DHS), named for the abolitionist Frederick Douglass, was a segregated high school built in 1924 located in Huntington, West Virginia. For thirty-seven years the three-story brick building served as a major academic, social, and cultural resource for African American families in Huntington. Many students considered the school to be the heart of the black community, even given the challenges of segregated schools of the era. This study traces the historical development of Douglass as a segregated African American junior/senior high school in Cabell County, West Virginia. The research focuses on the experience of DHS alumni to gain a better understanding of this historical moment in US education, specifically in regards to quality of education, sense of community within the school, and the role of teachers and administrative leadership.


Douglass High School (Huntington, W.Va.) -- History.

African Americans -- Segregation --West Virginia -- Huntington.