Lane High School

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Lane high school, postcard dated 1941

Lane High School is a former public school in Charlottesville that was replaced in the 1974 when Charlottesville High School was opened. The building was sold to Albemarle County, which now uses it as its main administration building. The Albemarle Board of Supervisors approved a contract on April 12, 1978. [1]

The school is well-loved by its alumni and 50-year anniversary celebrations are often held. [2]

In 1972, around 50 white student walked out of a Black culture program rather than listen to a performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing", a song commonly referred to as "the Black national anthem." [3]

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The School Board hired Lynchburg architect Pendleton Clark to design the school which had a cost estimate of $517,000. This caused the Daily Progress to lament in an August 2, 1938 editorial that a Charlottesville firm had not been hired. [4]

The lunch program was praised in April 1948. [5]

In January 1941, the school had an enrollment of 950. [6]

Massive resistance

Before desegregation, Lane was the city's high school for white students, whereas Jefferson High School was the city's high school for Black students. Lane was closed in the fall of 1958 by Governor J. Lindsay Almond to prevent the court-ordered integration of the school[7]. The school was reopened in February 1959 and integrated by three members of The Charlottesville Twelve in September, 1959[8].


Notable graduates


  1. Web. County of Albemarle, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Minutes, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County, April 12, 1978, retrieved July 15, 2019.
  2. Web. Lane and Rock Hill High Schools Hold Reunion for Class of '63, Ruth Morton, August 3, 2013, retrieved August 5, 2013.
  3. Print: The Seventies: Central Virginia Ends Decade of Joy and Tragedy, Doug Kamholz, Daily Progress, Worrell Newspaper group January 1, 1980, Page .
  4. Web. High Schools, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, August 2, 1938, retrieved August 2, 2016 from University of Virginia Library. Print. August 2, 1938 page 4.
  5. Web. Lane High School Program Called "Indispensable" Service, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, April 8, 1948, retrieved January 8, 2017 from University of Virginia Library. Print. April 8, 1948 page 2.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Web. Sulfridge Reports Work Of Courses, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, January 28, 1940, retrieved January 26, 2017 from University of Virginia Library. Print. January 28, 1940 page 1.
  7. "Modern Virginia Interviews." The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Virginia's History Since the Civil War. Web. 20 Apr. 2010. <>.
  8. Web. Charlottesville 12 historical markers' text, Historical marker text, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, Nov 19, 2011, retrieved Nov 22, 2011. Print. Nov 20, 2011 page A6.
  9. Shulleeta, Brandon. "Supervisor hopeful defends remarks on school integration | Charlottesville Daily Progress." Charlottesville news, sports, business, events and jobs | Charlottesville Daily Progress. 24 Sept. 2009. Web. 24 Sept. 2009. <>.

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