The impact of growing up in Birmingham in general and Collegeville specifically was unique in that the Collegeville community was a low to mid income working
class community created for black workers. It was home to dedicated, hardworking, Blacks employed at various plants and factories. Collegeville, the original location for
George Washington Carver High School, was named after the Lauderdale College Elementary School that was located at the corner of 27th Court and 34th Place North until
it burned in 1916. In a book written by Robert Franklin he identified identified “Anchor Institutions,” vital to the function, stability, health, and growth of the community.
They are Home ~ Church ~ School. These anchor institutions to the past graduates of Carver High School is like a marriage which compromises a “Team of One…”