First Virginia School to Integrate Gets Historic Designation

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Arlington County Board has given historic district designation to the first public school in Virginia to integrate.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/28R6sW1 ) reports that the designation of Stratford School comes a year after a group filed a petition to give the building historic designation. The group included some of the black students who integrated.

The school currently houses a magnet program and special-needs students. It is set to undergo renovations to make room for a new middle school that is slated to open by 2019.

Stratford School officials will have to seek approval from the county board before making changes to the building.

The school was integrated in February 1959 after a court battle.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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