Anderson High School Student Groups and Athletes
902 Thompson St, Austin TX 78702
L.C. Anderson High School in Austin, Texas, serves as a case study for community cohesion and pride in the face of institutional racism. Austin’s only Black high school is rooted in the 1880s. While the school continually suffered from unequal funding and investment, it was upgraded in 1953 in an attempt to forestall any desegregation lawsuits in Austin. This new school building provided amenities like a gymnasium, athletic fields, and specialized classrooms for the first time, but quickly became overcrowded. Ultimately, the new Anderson High School was only open less than 20 years, as the Austin Independent School District (AISD) chose to close the high school in 1971 and bus its students to local white high schools to attain integration. Similar erasures of long-standing African American institutions occurred across the South.
Despite being constructed during the Jim Crow era, Anderson High and Yellow Jacket Stadium quickly became celebrated. Perhaps most noteworthy was Anderson’s football team, which produced NFL players and earned state championships and drew visits from football legends like Darrell Royal. More than 8,000 people were in attendance when the team won its 1957 state title.
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