High School Improvements – Yazoo City MS


Yazoo City’s 1917 high school was renovated and a new annex built in 1938-1939 with funding from PWA. A grant of $46,227 was provided toward a total cost of $159,427. At 84% completion, the cost was $89,831. The project was approved as PWA x1322 9/7/1938 and construction began 12/9/1938. It was completed 11/20/1939. The annex addition added a gymnasium, dressing rooms, 600 spectator seats, ten new classrooms including a band room, industrial arts workshop, and home economics department. Renovations to the old building included converting the gymnasium into an auditorium with the addition of a stage and sloping floor, converting study hall into assembly room and library, and creating commercial department and science rooms. A corridor addition connected the two structures. A fire in 1953 destroyed the 1917 building, and a new addition was built and the 1939 annex was renovated. Although the building is still extant, it is not in use. Architects were N. W. Overstreet and A. H. Town and construction was by Coleman & Britt Construction Company.

Source notes

Status of Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects. Report No. 5, Region No. 3 Mississippi. (January 3, 1940). Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works Projects Division, p. 106.

Mississippi Department of Archives & History. Historic Resources Inventory. Yazoo City Junior High School (Old Yazoo City High School [II] Complex). Retrieved October 24, 2019 from https://www.apps.mdah.ms.gov/Public/rpt.aspx?rpt=publicPropSearch&Name=&StreetNo=&StreetName=&City=Yazoo%20City&County=Any

New Addition to Yazoo High School to Fill Great Need (Dec 9, 1938). The Yazoo Herald, p. 1.

Yazoo Building $85,000 School: Addition to School to Provide Ten Additional Class Rooms. (Apr 19, 1939). Clarion-Ledger, p. 2.

Random Thoughts by the Editor. (Sep 2, 1954). The Yazoo Herald, p. 1

Project originally submitted by Susan Allen on November 15, 2019.

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Location Info

516 E. Canal Street
Yazoo City, MS 39194

Location notes: College Street front

Coordinates: 32.850682, -90.407347

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