Block title


Dr. G.L. Staley, principal, and Mr. Plaskitt of the school board and others “earnestly insist that the colored high and grammar school, male and female, “totally unfitted to accommodate so many pupils as are crowded into it, and therefore is unhealthy and even dangerous.” The first floor has three rooms of moderate size that seat 140 pupils—40 more than are comfortable. The second floor has five rooms, two very small, for 235 pupils. The third floor has four rooms and 200 pupils. Three of them ought not to have more than 35 pupils in each. The principal has taken the second section of the grammar school into his room. The stairways from the second to the third floor are only three feet wide. February 18, 1885 The Baltimore Sun