Carver (Colored) High School

Carver High School was one of the three schools built simultaneously in 1939 by Baltimore County to educate colored students in grades 8 through 12. Previously, those students were sent to Baltimore City for high school. The Carver school replaced a wood-framed structure. It was designed in a simplified international style, including 8 classrooms and administrative offices. The school was completed by September 1940.

Forty students received diplomas from Carver’s first graduation class in 1943. The last class was graduated in 1958.

When the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ended racial segregation in schools, Carver Colored High School became obsolete as students moved to integrated high schools in the Towson area.

From 1960 to 1987 a Head Start program as well as several non-profit enterprises and community groups used the building, its future unsure.

The North East Towson Improvement Association, representing the small cohesive neighborhood founded by free African Americans in the mid-1800s, feared losing this historic asset. Extensive discussion of reusing the building for senior housing or a neighborhood center began in 1987. The building was formally restored as a community center in 1998 under the guidance of the Maryland Historical Trust. In 2005 it was placed on Baltimore County’s official landmarks list.

Sponsored jointly by:
North East Towson Improvement Association, Inc.
Historic Towson, Inc.

[The Baltimore County Landmarks List BA-1075 (2006)]

Carver School was built in 1939 for African-American students in grades 8 through 12. (Before that, all black students were sent to Baltimore City to matriculate.) When segregated schools were declared unconstitutional in 1954, the Carver building ceased to be used as a school. This building, which serves as a distinctive example of International Style architecture, is used today as a neighborhood center and is associated with the histories of education and racial segregation in Baltimore County.

Carver School

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