Name Determined for New Elementary School
Rendering of the new Central Elementary School building.
Oxford, Mississippi (February 25, 2019) — Oxford School District began construction earlier this month on its new elementary school that is scheduled for completion in Fall 2020. First and second grade students, attending what is currently named “Oxford Elementary,” will be moving across town to a new school building in 2020 with a new name - Central Elementary School.
Located at 409 Washington Avenue, the new 88,000 square foot school is being constructed on the site of the old Central High School- Oxford's African-American school pre-integration. “Honoring the history of this property is important to the residents of our city and it is important to our district. Many residents still refer to this property as Central so it made the most sense,” said Superintendent Brian Harvey at Monday's school board meeting. The recently demolished Central High School building was once Oxford Junior High and then became an elementary school that was also called “Central Elementary School” for 5th and 6th grades.
Bricks from the buildings that made up the Central school campus — bordered by Washington Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive — will soon be made available to the public. “The construction crews were able to salvage two pallets of bricks. My hope is that graduates and/or family members of Central High School take a brick as a keepsake if they are interested. The bricks will be free and made available on a first-come-first-served basis. We will be sharing more information about the location for pickup at a later date.” Heather Lenard, OSD Public Information Officer, explained.
Check the district's social media and website, www.oxfordsd.org, for information on the Central High bricks.