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Howard High School

Hiward High School

Wilmington, Delaware

Founded in 1867, Howard High was the first school in Delaware to offer a complete high school education to black students and was one of the earliest black secondary schools in the nation. Almost a century later, Howard High School was associated with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education that found racial segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional. The existing 1927 Neoclassical building was the work of the famed school design firm of Guilbert and Betelle, and was then considered to be one of the finest schools -- black or white -- in the country.

Photo: Howard High School
– Courtesy Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs

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