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Photo courtesy James Venable

Douglass High School senior James Venable receives his diploma on May 29, 1953, from an unidentified Cabell County Board of Education official as Principal Leonard Glover looks on.

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.

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