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Sumner, Charles, High School

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Sumner High was all black, but very high class - these were the children of doctors, professional people.... My mother was basically a maid, and the man she was living with...was a truck driver.... So in this new school, I was still feeling sort of lower class. Tina Turner



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1875/00/00 Original Sumner High, the first high school for Black Americans west of the Mississippi and the only one in St Louis until 1927, opens on 11th St between Poplar St and Spruce St.
1908/00/00 William B Ittner Architect Current Sumner High School is built.
1940/09/00 Chuck Berry Education Berry enters Sumner High School in 1940, by 1944 he was struggling to reach his Junior year and drops out.
1941/00/00 Chuck Berry Performer Chuck Berry launches his musical career, singing Jay McShann's "Confessin' the Blues" at a school program. The school auditorium explodes with applause and Berry is complimented with a tremendous ovation.
1958/00/00 Tina Turner Education Anna Mae Bullock graduates from Sumner High School with a aspirations of becoming a nurse.

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Particulars for Sumner, Charles, High School:
Architectural Style American Colonial Revival
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Cultural Affiliation Black American
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Georgian Revival
Criteria Historic Event
Civil rights Racial Segregation
Historic Use School

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 88000469
Resource Type:
Owner: Local
Architect: Ittner,William B.
Architectural Style: Colonial revival, Other
Attribute: Georgian Revival
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Black, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949
Significant Year: 1908, 1909, 1927
Historic Function: Education
Historic Sub-Function: School
Current Function: Education
Current Sub-Function: School

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