Port St. Joe History & Its Historic High School

    By Florida Division of Historic Resources Staff

    George Washington High School is a Gulf County African American landmark school

    In Florida, Port St.Joe's history has been known to be rich and diverse.  African American landmarks and legacies exist in various locations throughout the state. The following historical site can be found in Gulf County

    Port St. Joe History:
    George Washington Elementary / High School

    Kenny Street
    George Washington Elementary / High School began in a wooden building located near Main Street and Avenue G around 1940. Before the school was built, local black students received instruction in an old house and in a small wooden church in North Port. From 1940 to 1945, all eight grades were taught in the building. The school moved to a larger facility on Kenny Street and, in 1952, into a new building of concrete. The gym still stands and serves as a community cultural center. Another building houses a George Washington High museum. (850) 899-6454

    Adapted from Florida Black Heritage Trail, published by the Florida Department of State, in partnership with VISIT FLORIDA, copyright 2007.

    For more information on African American sites, please visit flheritage.com.

    Additional information can also be found at: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/milesmedia/floridablackheritage/