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, September 3, 1963
Greets New Teachers: Robert Stevenson, principal of Jones Elementary School, (extreme right) outlines his school's policies and activities for four new teachers during faculty meetings today. Teachers are (from left, seated) Mrs. H. A. Stephen, third grade, and Mrs. Don M. Coleman, first grade, and (from left, standing) Mrs. Kenneth Jochim, special education, and Lloyd Gutknecht, fourth grade. Jones and other elementary and junior high schools begin classes on Friday. Ann Arbor High School's classes begin Thursday. Teachers were busy with preparations today.