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African American History Highlights: H.G. Temple High School

Monday, February 16, 2015

During Black History month, the History Center continues to highlight parts of our collection that document the history of Diboll's African American citizens.

Every community has its center. For many African American communities before integration, their schools became the center of community life. In Diboll, H.G. Temple High School provided an education to the town’s black children, but also became the community’s focal point. Former students and teachers remember the school with fondness and actively work to keep the school’s memory alive.

From 1942 until 1968, when Diboll’s schools fully integrated, Diboll’s African American children and teenagers learned, played, and grew within the walls of H.G. Temple School.  The school claims as alumni teachers, sports stars, business people, and several generations of citizens that contributed to their communities, churches, families, and workplaces. 

Click here to view the exhibit that is a small glimpse into life at the school that shaped so many.