Sanford High Geography Assignment, 1909

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Sanford High Geography Assignment, 1909

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Sanford High Geography Assignment


Sanford (Fla.)
High schools--Florida


A geography assignment completed by Sanford High School eighth grader Verne Messenger in 1909. In 1948, Messenger married Lourine Vickery, who became the first woman to hold public office in Seminole County when she was appointed as Supervisor of Registration by Governor Fuller Warren.

Sanford High School was originally established at 301 West Seventh Street in Sanford, Florida, in 1902. The building was designed by W. G. Talley in the Romanesque revival style. Due to an increasing student population, a new school building was constructed on Sanford Avenue in 1911. The original building on Seventh Street served as Westside Grammar Elementary School, which was later renamed Sanford Grammar School. In 1984, the building was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places and converted into the Student Museum. The building reopened as the University of Central Florida's Public History Center in 2012. In 1927, a high school campus was designed by Elton J. Moughton in the Mediterranean revival style and constructed at 1700 French Avenue. The school reopened on January 10 and was renamed Seminole High School. In 1960, the high school moved to a new campus at 2701 Ridgewood Avenue and the former building on French Avenue was converted to Sanford Junior High School, which was later renamed Sanford Middle School. The old building was demolished in the summer of 1991 and replaced by a $5.77 million school complex. As of 2013, Seminole High School offers various Advanced Placement courses, the Academy for Health Careers, and the International Baccalaureate Programme for students.


Messenger, Verne


Original school assignment completed by Verne Messenger, May 11, 1909: Sanford High School Collection, box 3A, folder Student Work 1909, item SCPS00513, UCF Public History Center, Sanford, Florida.

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Digital reproduction of original school assignment completed by Verne Messenger, May 11, 1905.

Is Part Of

Sanford High School Collection, box 3A, folder Student Work 1909, 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.




1.87 MB


6-page school assignment






Sanford High School, Sanford, Florida

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History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher


Originally created by Verne Messenger.

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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.

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Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

"Seminole High School." Seminole High School, Seminole County Public Schools.
"Public History Center." Public History Center, University of Central Florida.
Sanford Historical Society (Fla.). Sanford. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2003.
"Student Museum." Seminole County Public Schools.
Stinecipher, Grace Marie. "The Way We Were." The Sanford Herald, October 29, 2006.

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6-page school assignment



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