Carthage High School (former), 714 South Main (now Sixth Grade Center)
Backstory and Context
Prior to the 1906 high school, other high school buildings did not have auditoriums so all classes prior to the Class of 1906 held their graduation ceremonies at the Burlingame and Chafee Opera House (136 East Third Street; see Clio entry for same). The Class of 1906 was the first group to graduate from the actual school students attended.
Additions to the original 1906 structure have included a gymnasium on the south side (1951, in the approximate location of the former 1890 Carthage High School later known as the Manual Arts Building) and an east wing in 1966 and a new auditorium on the north side in 1988. The latter construction project used the final supply of local limestone quarried for building purposes from Carthage Marble Corporation (now Americold off North Francis Street). The auditorium's lobby featured a school history mural by artist Andy Thomas.
Hansford, Newton. Images of America: Carthage, Missouri. Charleston SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000.
Powers Museum Vertical Files: Carthage High School.
VanGilder, Marvin. Jasper County The First Two Hundred Years. Carthage MO: Jasper County Commission, 1995.
Utter, Wade and Hansford, Michele. Images of America: Carthage, Missouri 1940 - 1990. Charleston SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2013.
2017 Photograph of former CHS by Michele Hansford
1870s School photograph from collection of Powers Museum.
1903 School photograph from collection of Powers Musuem.
1920s CHS student photograph from Powers Museum Collection.
CHS newspapers from Powers Museum Archives.
1906 CHS construction papers from Powers Museum Archives.