Built in 1958, Carver High School was designed by renowned mid-century architect Gustav Maass.
The third principal, Solomon D. Spady, was sent to the school by his mentor, George Washington Carver, in the 1930s. Spencer Pompey, who was a coach and social studies teacher at Carver from the 1950s through the 1970s, was a local civil rights activist. He was part of a class action lawsuit disputing disparity in pay for white and black teachers at Carver High.
The case was argued, and won, by a young NAACP attorney named Thurgood Marshall. The school also served as the cultural center for Delray Beach’s Southwest and Northwest neighborhoods, as the school was one of the only places for African American residents to gather in the city.
The Palm Beach County School District is in the initial stages of seeking demolition permits to make way for a football field and two-story parking lot. The nominator hopes that school board might halt demolition plans after being presented with the cultural, historic, and architectural significance of the school’s original campus.
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