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College Hill Historical Marker

  • 1108 Bridge Street
  • Columbia, TN 38401
  • Overview

    College Hill School, originally known as the Colored Public School, was the first public school for African Americans in Maury County. Established in 1881, the school's first principal was J.H. Kelly. In 1885 W.I. Lewis, who served as principal from 1884 to 1887, went to the North to raise funds to construct a new building. In August of 1885 city officials closed the school for ten months, during which period a new school was built. After the last high school class graduated in 1949, the school became College Hill Elementary School. In 2006 the school was renamed Horace O. Porter School at College Hill in memory of the former student, football coach, and principal, who served more than 40 years at the school.