Presented in Partnership between the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County and the Ann Arbor District Library
Community High School (CHS) is an alternative public high school serving grades 9-12 located at 401 North Division Street in Ann Arbor's historic Kerrytown District. It was one of the first magnet schools to arise from a nation-wide wave of experimental schools that drew on the social movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and was specifically influenced by social and political activism in Ann Arbor at the time.
Jones School was an anchor of Ann Arbor’s historically Black neighborhood (what is now Kerrytown) from the early twentieth century until 1965. Many living Ann Arbor residents remember attending Jones School during the Civil Rights Era. In 1964 the Ann Arbor Board of Education acknowledged that, with over 75% Black students, Jones was a “de facto” segregated school. Jones School closed in 1965, and several years later the building reopened as Community High School.
Ann Arbor News, December 12, 1966
Children, Tutors Have Party: Four children who participated in this fall's Headstart Follow Through Program help one of the tutors, Roger Spencer (right), decorate the tree at their Christmas party at Jones School. Helping trim the tree with ornaments of their own making are, left to right, Damon Guster, Steven Tweedy and Phyllis Lightfoot. The children and Spencer, who is a University student and a member of the Psychology Department's outreach program, were among 150 youngsters and tutors at the party which featured gifts and refreshments donated by various Ann Arbor merchants.
Ann Arbor News, June 8, 1964
ELECTION LULL: Poll workers at Jones School watched over the deserted voting booths at 8:30 a.m. today after about 21 residents of Precinct 1 cast their ballots in the Ann Arbor school election during the early hours of the morning. The voting started at 7 a.m. as fog and high humidity wrapped the city. The polls will close at 8 p.m.
Ann Arbor News, November 22, 1970
Games at Drop-In Center: Participating in games at the Jones Drop-In Center are (left to right) Mrs. Mae Markham, Mrs. Ethel Carrington, Mrs. Ellen Parminter, program organizer; Miss Mary McConnell, also an organizer; and Mrs. Jesse Humphrey.