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School Bells Are Ringing: A History of Winter Garden's Iconic High Schools

Presented by Winter Garden Heritage Foundation at Winter Garden Heritage Museum, Winter Garden FL

Dec 01 2022
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Feb 28 2023
School Bells Are Ringing: A History of Winter Garden's Iconic High Schools

Exhibit featuring the high schools that separately educated white and black students.

Winter Garden’s Lakeview High School rose in 1927 on 17 acres of land donated by pioneer citrus grower Luther Fuller Tilden. It was built to replace the too-small Oakland-Winter Garden School that stood on Tildenville School Road. Beloved by a succession of graduating classes, it served West Orange County through the class of 1975, when West Orange High School was built south of the city to accommodate a rapidly growing student population. Lakeview was converted to a junior high, and in 1986 became the middle school that stands today.

Due to Florida’s institutional segregation, black students were not permitted to attend Lakeview. To receive a higher education, they traveled to Jones High School in Orlando, which exclusively served African American students. In the late 1950s, Winter garden’s one school for black students succeeded in providing accredited courses for high schoolers, and Charles R. Drew High School was born. It operated until Orange County high schools were integrated for the 1969-70 school year; Drew was closed and its students were able to attend the more commodious Lakeview or Ocoee High Schools.

Newly-shared images of students, teachers, and structures at Drew will  be featured.

ADMISSION INFO

FREE

Contact: 407.656.3244

Email: museum@wghf.org

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INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*

  • Feb 8, 2023 at 11:00 am - 03:00 pm (Wed)
  • Feb 9, 2023 at 11:00 am - 03:00 pm (Thu)
  • Feb 10, 2023 at 11:00 am - 03:00 pm (Fri)
  • Feb 11, 2023 at 11:00 am - 03:00 pm (Sat)
  • Feb 14, 2023 at 11:00 am - 03:00 pm (Tue)
  • Feb 15, 2023 at 11:00 am - 03:00 pm (Wed)
  • Feb 16, 2023 at 11:00 am - 03:00 pm (Thu)
  • Feb 17, 2023 at 11:00 am - 03:00 pm (Fri)
  • Feb 18, 2023 at 11:00 am - 03:00 pm (Sat)
  • Feb 21, 2023 at 11:00 am - 03:00 pm (Tue)
  • Feb 22, 2023 at 11:00 am - 03:00 pm (Wed)
  • Feb 23, 2023 at 11:00 am - 03:00 pm (Thu)
  • Feb 24, 2023 at 11:00 am - 03:00 pm (Fri)
  • Feb 25, 2023 at 11:00 am - 03:00 pm (Sat)
  • Feb 28, 2023 at 11:00 am - 03:00 pm (Tue)
* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.

LOCATION

Winter Garden Heritage Museum

1 North Main Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787

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ACCESSIBILITY INFO

    • Large Print
    • Wheelchair Access

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