Alumni and Friends of
A. Temple High School:
"Academic and Athletic Excellence"
, named in honor of a beloved long-time school teacher, was built for
African Americans and the old school, J. G. H. Bowman High, formerly
(1924) was closed.
O. W. Sanders served as
Temple's first principal and Mr. J. E. Stirgus followed after the retirement
for its academics and athletics,
became one of the most prestigious high-schools in the state of
. The philosophy of this school was based upon the belief that
every child, regardless of social position, or intelligence, should
have an opportunity to totally develop his or her individual abilities
and interests, so that he or she may be able to practice those ideals
which characterize good citizens of a democracy.
was the last officially segregated high school in
, existing as such until 1971 when
schools were desegregated.
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