Dasher High School is a historic school in Valdosta, Georgia. Inscribed 1929 in its cornerstone, the school was a high school for African Americans.
From 1929 until 1956, Dasher was the only black high school in Valdosta.
Reverend James L. Lomax, a leader in African American education in Valdosta, served as the school's principal until his retirement in 1967.
His adopted son Louis L. Lomax, the first African American broadcast journalist, attended Dasher High School. He was a civil rights activist and died in a car accident in 1970.
Noted actor, author, and director, Raiford Chatman "Ossie" Davis, also attended Dasher High School.
The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 18, 1985.
Dasher High School continues to serve the citizens of Valdosta as a community center. However, parts of the building, particularly the auditorium, are unsafe for the public. The Economic Opportunity Authority, in partnership with the Valdosta Heritage Foundation and a local Rotary Club chapter, hopes to preserve this part of Valdosta’s African American legacy by restoring Dasher High School and utilizing it to better serve its residents.
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