Crooms Academy Graduating Class of 1927


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Crooms Academy Graduating Class of 1927

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Crooms Class of 1927


Sanford (Fla.)
High schools--Florida
High school students--Florida
High school seniors--United States
Principals and teachers


Crooms Academy Graduating Class of 1927. Professor Joseph National Crooms, the school principal, can be seen in the center of the photograph. The Crooms Academy of Information Technology is located at 2200 West Thirteenth Street in the Goldsboro community of Sanford, Florida, and was founded by Joseph Nathaniel Crooms as the first African-American high school in Seminole County in 1926. Professor Crooms and his wife, Wealthy Crooms, donated the land on which the school was constructed. The professor served as the school's principal until his retirement in 1953.

In 1970, Seminole County Public Schools desegregated and changed the school's functions numerous times. In 1973, the original school building burned down; other school buildings have deteriorated over the past couple of decades. In 2000, the United States Department of Justice allowed Seminole County to lift it's desegregation order by 2003 under several conditions, one of which was to rebuild Crooms Academy as an academy of information technology. Crooms Academy currently functions as a magnet school with Information Technology Certifications in A+, MOUS, MCP, CCNA, MCSE, and others.


Class photograph of first graduating students from Crooms Academy


Original 8 x 10 inch black and white photograph, 1927: Seminole County Public Schools Collection, UCF Public History Center, Sanford, Florida.

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Digital reproduction of original 8 x 10 inch black and white photograph, 1927.

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Seminole County Public Schools Collection, UCF Public History Center, Sanford, Florida.
Seminole County Public Schools Collection, Student Museum and UCF Public History Center Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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8 x 10 inch black and white photograph




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Crooms Academy, Goldsboro, Sanford, Florida

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Copyright to this resource is held by the UCF Public History Center and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.


Cepero, Laura

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External Reference

"About Crooms Academy…" Crooms Academy of Information Technology, Seminole County Public Schools.
Postal, Leslie. "Historic Crooms Academy Embraces A High-tech Future." The Orlando Sentinel, November 23, 2001.
"The Crooms Academy High School Exhibit." Seminole County Public Schools.
"Education In Goldsboro & Sanford." Goldsboro Historical Museum.
Flewellyn, Valada S. African Americans of Sanford. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub, 2009.
Robison, Jim. "Professor's Legacy Lives On In Seminole School History." The Orlando Sentinel, August 4, 1991.

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1 black and white photograph

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8 x 10 inch


UCF Public History Center, “Crooms Academy Graduating Class of 1927,” RICHES, accessed March 2, 2024,