Last Graduating Class of Jacksonville’s 1st High School, Full Lives of Last Students

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Revisiting this story, written nine years ago. School No. 1, Duval High School, stands because architect Ted Pappas saved it. Last graduating class was 1927. Last surviving student, Martha Wells, died at 102 in 2011. In 1980, some former graduates became residents. Stories of blackface, of long careers, years when students were artists yet to be “important,” all of life and the world ahead of them.

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