Burley High School

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Jackson P. Burley High School was an Albemarle County public high school that opened as in 1950 to educate African-American students.

The school was the result of a vote to consolidate Esmont High School, Jefferson High School and the Albemarle Training School. A city-county committee studied the idea in the summer of 1948. [1]

The school was repurposed and renamed Burley Middle School in 1974. The school's memory and legacy is curated and nurtured by the nonprofit Burley Varsity Club. [2] [3]

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A memorial to the school's status as the only area high school for African-Americans was dedicated in October 2017. The memorial lists the names of everyone who attended the school from 1951 to 1967. [4]


  1. Web. City-County White High SchoolsO Opposed by Survey Committee;Building Programs Suggested, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, June 2, 1948, retrieved October 16, 2017 from University of Virginia Library.
  2. Web. [1], retrieved October 31, 2012.
  3. Web. FACETIME- 42-year snooze: Burley Bears wake from hibernation, Lisa Provence, The Hook, May 21, 2009, printed issue 0820, retrieved Sep 26 2009.
  4. Web. Alumni Dedicate Monument to Preserve History of Burley Middle School, Staff Reports, News Article, WVIR NBC29, October 14, 2017, retrieved January 24, 2019.