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The Herald-Dispatch file photo

This 1926 photo shows the original Douglass High School, the first section of which was built in 1891 at the corner of 8th Avenue and what is now Hal Greer Boulevard. When a new high school building was constructed at 10th Avenue and Bruce Street in 1924, the original structure became Barnett Elementary School. The building was torn down in 1994 after standing vacant for several years. The insets show Principal J.M. Washington and teacher Anna Johnson.

Gallery: Douglass High School through the years

Jan. 27, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

2011 marks 50 years that the all-black Douglass High School closed. In 1961, Douglass closed its doors as a school and the students integrated with Huntington High. It was a transition that was bittersweet, former Douglass students said -- one that meant new opportunities, but the passing of a time when their world was close-knit and familiar.