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History of Como School
ln the fall of 1914, the few families in Como felt the need of a school.
A teacher was employed in the person of Mrs. Lucinda Baker.
This first school had an enrollment of eleven pupils, some under age and
others of age. Among those first pupils was Mrs. Ruby G. Crawford Jones,
who is currently employed as a teacher at Como Elementary School.
Mrs. Baker taught for two years. Due to the' decrease in enrollment the
school closed. ,
A second term was begun in 1917 with Mrs. Tennessee Smith lthe mother
of our own Teacher-Counselorl, Jenkins E. Smith. The followingyear 1918,
Mrs. Pearl Walker Connor was called as head teacher.
After World War l, the community started to grow. As more people
moved into the community, there was a need for a bigger and better school
Mr. R. N. Riddles was county superintendent at that time, and a building
with two rooms was built on the southeast corners of Faron and Bonnell
Streets. Mrs. Gertrude Wilherson-Starners was made head teacher with an
assistant, Mrs. Geneva Carrington. Later by Mrs. Jessie Raliegh, and Mrs.
Ruth A. Greenwood who recentlyvretired from Como Elementary School
joined the staff. Mrs. M. L. Paterson came to the school as a teacher in 1931.
The school continued to grow. A custodian was needed. Men of the com-
munity had helped supply coal for heating and keeping the building and
grounds clean. This task was too much. A full time custodian, Mr. John
Adkins was employed in 1933.
The community continued to grow and so did the school. Other teachers
were added. ln 1935, the school had outgrown its site. A new one was
purchased and the school moved to Libbey, Goodman, Horne and Holloran
Streets. In 1936, Mr. J. Martin Jacquet, retiring principal at Dunbar High
School was hired and remained for 10 years. Mr. Oscar M. Williams suc-
ceeded him in 1946. The present brick building was erected in 1950.
Mr. Wilbur H. Byrd, current principal succeeded Mr. Williams in 1967.
The community has continued to grow. Now the school which started out
as a one-room, frame building, one teacher, eleven pupil school, has grown
into two separate schools with an enrollment of over 1,900 pupils.
However, this year is historical, indeed, because 1971 marks the last year
that there will be a high school in this area. The beloved Como Junior-Senior
High School is scheduled to close as such and in its place will be Como
Middle School with grades six through eight.
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Sandra Troffer fGraJee
Volner Allen 'fGraJe 101
Melvin Freeman fGrak1e' 111
Mrs. Samlreneife Boone Rey dass of 70
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