Mark your calendar.
We would like to invite you to our celebration
West Elementary and West High Reunion
West Elementary Warriors
West High Green Dragons
Friday, Feb. 22
Hall of Fame members will be inducted.
West Elementary, 235 Converse Street, Morristown, was built in 1959.
Originally, it was the first public high school for African American students in Morristown. Its mascot was the Green Dragon.
With a capacity to hold 300 students, it had 14 teachers and principal Samuel A. Cain.
In the schools yearbook, Cain was quoted, “What we love, what we cherish, you have preserved. I commend you as true West men and Westettes. As you have done in school, your courage, your perseverance, and determination will enable you to do in life.”
West High existed for six years, after which the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended all state and local laws requiring segregation.
A restructuring of the school occurred and West High School students were integrated into other schools. The present Morristown High School was integrated and in 1968, East High was created, and West High was built.
In 1966, West Elementary became the home of the Warriors. The school has gone through several renovations.
The school currently has 507 students, grades PreK – fifth grade. The demographics remain diverse with 39 percent white, 10 percent African American, 42 percent Hispanic, and 9 percent as other.
“The preservation of a rich history and culture is important to West Elementary,” said Principal Dr. Krista Crum.
“In 2014, West Elementary invited all former West High student to tour the school and reunite. It was wonderful celebration of memories, and a mural depicting the history of both schools were dedicated.”
We are proud to be a part of the West High legacy, Dr Crum said. “The alumni from this building have attended Ivy League schools, become business owners, professional athletes, community leaders, and travelled all over the world. We believe that each person who walked these halls has impacted the future of today’s generation.”