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MEDIA ADVISORY Permanent Collection of Former Black-Only High School Memorabilia to Live at Anderson High School

Former L.C. Anderson and Anderson high schools join forces for one alumni event

Join Anderson High School for a ceremony celebrating the continued excellence of L.C. Anderson from its inception in East Austin to its current location in West Austin. 

The ceremony will include a presentation of original L.C. Anderson memorabilia (1907-71) from the Original L.C Anderson Alumni Association to be permanently displayed at Anderson High School. 

Who: Speakers include Charles Akins, Superintendent Paul Cruz, Board President Gina Hinojosa, Anderson Principal Donna Houser with keynote from original L. C. Anderson Alumni Association National President and his wife Raymond Whitley Jr. and Linda Whitley. 

What: A program, followed by the unveiling of original L.C. Anderson High School memorabilia and artifacts. Former Trustee Cheryl Bradley will also be in attendance. 

When: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 26 

Where: Anderson High School, 8403 Mesa Drive 

Enter the north parking lot from Cima Serena. Reserved parking will be provided.  

Background: L.C. Anderson High School was named for E. H. Anderson, who served as principal of Prairie View Normal Institute, now Prairie View A&M, from 1879 to 1885. In 1913 the high school moved again, to Pennsylvania Street, now the location of Kealing Middle School. 

In 1971, the school was ordered closed by a federal judge as part of desegregation, and a new, integrated L. C. Anderson High School was opened at its current location at 8403 Mesa Drive in 1973. The new Anderson's first principal-another prominent African-American educator, Charles Akins-now has an AISD school, Akins High School, named after him. For more information on black history in AISD, visit www.austinisd.org/community/african-american-engagement/tips-for-you

For more information, contact Sarah Frankenfeld at (512) 414-7953.  

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