Sabine High School: Iconic local landmark worthy of preservation

Sabine High School: Iconic local landmark worthy of preservation

An image presents the appearance of Sabine High School in the past. Serving the needs of Many students for decades, it has fallen into disrepair. Current efforts seek to rejuvenate the school following it being named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Sabine High School, an iconic community landmark is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sabine High School originally was a 12-acre school campus, historically built to educate African American children in Sabine Parish serving kindergarten through 12 th grade. The campus served as the junior high for all of Many after desegregation in 1970 and continued through 2001. On October 10, 2002, Sabine Parish School Board conveyed back to the Twelfth District, Number Three, Association, Inc. (12th District) a 4.608 acre tract, consisting of the buildings only. There are eight buildings within the complex, six are original, dating date back to 1957 and one building, circa 1960 are arranged in a finger plan. The administration/cafeteria building and gymnasium form the ends from which Buildings A (elementary), B (middle), C & D (high) project from the west to the east. These one-story buildings are designed in the modern style with large expanses of ribbon windows set amidst red brick construction. The gym and administration/cafeteria buildings have low-pitched gabled roofs while the lettered buildings have flat roofs. The buildings have not changed much since used as Sabine High School and retains a high degree of integrity of location, setting, materials, design and workmanship. The campus was designed by acclaimed architects Seymour Van Os and Thodore Flaxman out of Shreveport, LA and the architectural style has been defined as mid-century modern. The remaining two buildings were constructed after 1970 with one serving as a band hall and the other a bathroom building. The campus is located one mile NE of downtown Many and is bordered by Sabine High Street to the south, N. Robinson Street to the east, Highland Avenue to the west and properties fronting onto San Antonio Avenue to the north.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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