Central Delta Academy

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Central Delta Academy
Central Delta Academy, Inverness, MS.jpg
Location
Central Delta Academy is located in Mississippi
Central Delta Academy
Central Delta Academy
Inverness, Mississippi
United States
Coordinates 33°21′08″N 90°35′21″W / 33.3523426°N 90.5892573°W / 33.3523426; -90.5892573Coordinates: 33°21′08″N 90°35′21″W / 33.3523426°N 90.5892573°W / 33.3523426; -90.5892573
Information
Type Private
Opened 1965; 53 years ago (1965)
Closed 2010; 8 years ago (2010)
Color(s)           Royal blue & gold
Team name Tigers (males)
Lady Tigers (females)

Central Delta Academy (CDA) was a private high school located in Inverness, Mississippi,[1] which originated as a segregation academy in the mid-20th century, as white parents wanted to avoid desegregation of public schools.[2] The school closed on May 21, 2010.[3] The school building was scheduled to be auctioned off in June of that year.[4]

After school desegregation began in Inverness, the white public school closed, and white children began to attend Central Delta Academy.[5]

History

The Central Delta Academy once had the Lady Tigers basketball team. As of 1990, the Central Delta and Inverness women's basketball teams had never competed. They were in different systems.[6]

By the early 21st century, CDA and Inverness High School sponsored joint Homecoming weekends and events.[7]

In 1987[8] the school's parent teacher organization published The Sharecropper, a collection of area recipes.[9]

Campus

The building was constructed in 1922 as Inverness High School.[10] Central Delta Academy took over the building for its third year of operation under Sunflower County's Freedom of Choice plan. The school operated until 2010, when it was demolished.

The school was located on U.S. Highway 49, was about 8 miles (13 km) south of Indianola and 15 miles (24 km) north of Belzoni.[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Contacts." Central Delta Academy. Retrieved on August 17, 2010. Tripod version: "Driving Directions to Central Delta Academy From the north: Central Delta is located approximately 8 miles south of Indianola on Highway 49. Take the first Inverness sign and follow old Highway 49 until you see the large white two-story building on your left, which will be CDA. From the south: Central Delta is located approximately 15 miles north of Belzoni, MS, on Highway 49. Take the first Inverness sign and follow old Highway 49 until you see the large white two-story building on your left, which will be CDA." Archived September 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Moye, J. Todd. Let the People Decide: Black Freedom and White Resistance Movements in Sunflower County, Mississippi, 1945-1986. UNC Press Books, 2004. 243. Retrieved from Google Books on March 2, 2011. "Sunflower County's two other segregation academies— North Sunflower Academy, between Drew and Ruleville, and Central Delta Academy in Inverness— both sprouted in a similar fashion." ISBN 0-8078-5561-8, ISBN 978-0-8078-5561-4.
  3. ^ "Home." Central Delta Academy. Retrieved on August 17, 2010. Archived September 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Ayres, Jeff. "Selling off to the highest bidder." The Clarion Ledger. May 23, 2010. Business C5. Retrieved on August 17, 2010. "The company will auction off the Central Delta Academy building in Inverness next month."
  5. ^ Reed, Roy. "A Town's Luck Ends as Tornado Hits; A Town's Luck Ends as Tornado Hits." The New York Times. Tuesday February 23, 1971. Page 1. Retrieved on August 17, 2010. "closed the white public school and sent their children to a private school at..."
  6. ^ Dunbar, Anthony P. Delta Time: A Journey Through Mississippi. Pantheon Books, 1990. 181. Retrieved from Google Books on March 2, 2011. "It is sad that the Central Delta Academy Lady Tigers and the Inverness Hawkettes women's basketball teams never compete head-on, though both represent the same little cotton-gin town and seem equally endowed with grace and height." ISBN 0-394-57163-0, ISBN 978-0-394-57163-8.
  7. ^ "News & Events." Central Delta Academy, 2003, Retrieved on March 2, 2011.
  8. ^ Gerard C. Wertkin; Lee Kogan (2004). Encyclopedia of American Folk Art. Taylor & Francis. p. 321. ISBN 978-0-415-92986-8. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
  9. ^ Zanger, Mark. The American Ethnic Cookbook for Students. ABC-CLIO, 2001. 18. Retrieved from Google Books on March 2, 2011. "The recipe appeared in The Share-Cropper, published by the Central Delta Academy PTO in Inverness, Mississippi, and was reprinted in A Gracious Plenty. Recipes and Recollections from the American South by John T. Edge." ISBN 1-57356-345-5, ISBN 978-1-57356-345-1.
  10. ^ Stowers, Mark H. (October 13, 2017). "We were champions: 1977 Central Delta Academy Tiger Football". Clarion Ledger. Retrieved 14 November 2017.

External links

  • Central Delta Academy (Archive)
  • Central Delta Academy 2002 website
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