PLANT CITY An organization that helps preserve local history is seeking yearbooks from a high school that closed more than 40 years ago.
The Plant City Photo Archives and History Center has no yearbooks from Marshall High School, which graduated its last class in 1969. The district shut down the all-black high school as it desegregated Plant City area schools.
Yearbooks can help preserve local history, center Executive Director Gil Gott said. Yearbooks can either be donated or pages can be scanned and the book returned to its owner, he added.
“Yearbooks are a good way of retaining information,” Gott said, explaining as an example that if someone wants to know the name of a faculty member from a certain year in school history the center can quickly retrieve the information from a yearbook it has scanned.
The center has yearbooks that date back to the 1920s, including from Pinecrest and Turkey Creek high schools, which graduated their last classes in 1972.
Gott said the yearbook collection began as a project started by former Plant City High School Principal James “Sonny” Jones. The project began for Turkey Creek and Plant City high schools and expanded to Pinecrest.
“Once we started scanning them we began collecting more,” Gott said. “We realized that we didn’t have any from Marshall High School.”
Marshall opened more than 60 years ago and was named in honor of James Edward “E.J.” Marshall, who served as a school trustee. The school campus was moved to 18 S. Maryland Ave. in the 1950s. Its students were transferred to Plant City High over the Christmas break of the 1969-70 school year.
The former high school campus is now Marshall Middle School.
To donate yearbooks or for more information contact the archives and history center at (813) 754-1578, or stop by its offices at 106 S. Evers St.