Vintage Postcards of Memphis Schools

... in the collections of Dave French, Rob Jolly, Maureen Thoni White, and George Whitworth. 

Most of the post cards below are of Memphis High School, Memphis Vocational High, and The old "Tech Building" castle.  A few other schools will be added to this page as the collections grow.  The earliest postcard we have found featuring a photo of Memphis Schools is 1906.  Since it is postmarked, that clearly puts it within the time frame of the Memphis High School although it is identified only as "High School" on the face of the card.  The 1907 Card is identified as "Memphis High School".  We have other cards that are identified as "High School" and as "Vocational High School".  Of course, they're all the same building - "the castle on Poplar".  This building was considered one of the most prominent in the city, but it still became part of "Lost Memphis".  The school names below the cards are the names as listed on the Post Cards. 

Memphis High School 1898-1911 .  Memphis Vocational High 1911-1917 . Crockett Vocational 1918-1920 . Crockett Technical 1921-1927. 

High School 1906 < Back Memphis High School 1907 < Back
 High School 1907 < Back High School 1907 < Back
High School Circa 1907 < Back High School 1907 < Back
High School 1908 < Back High School 1909 < Back
High School 1910 < Back High School 1910 < Back
Vocational High School 1910 < Back Vocational High School 1912-14 < Back
Vocational High School 1914 < Back High School 1915 < Back
3 Schools - 1911 < Back 3 Schools - 1913 < Back

(Above) The name  "Memphis High School" ceased to exist in 1911 after the new Central High School opened.  It appears that the postcard manufacturer did not update the info on their cards.

Find the Castle? 1907 < Back Can you find the Castle? 1908 < Back
After Central was built in 1910, very few school postcards were printed...
St. Agnes Academy Date? < Back Immaculate Conception - c. 1960s  < Back

Central High - 1918 < Back Central High   1918 < Back
Central High - ? < Back Central (Rendering) C 1910-11 < Back
Central (Rendering) - 1915 < Back Central High 1917 < Back
East High - 1950 < Back East High - 1950 < Back
East High - 1955 < Back Central-Crump Stadium-1941 < Back
Fold Out Postcard - Memphis High School  - 1907 University - 1907 < Back


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