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Sumner HS Remembered in New Book Written By Alumni

From the Sumner Writing Project, LLC. website.


Last weekend, graduates of Sumner High School gathered in Kansas City, Kansas to remember the stories and history of a pretty unique school. High schools in Kansas City, Kansas were actually somewhat integrated before 1905, when violent incidents between students led the district to segregate schools based on race. The black high school started as a technical school, but members of the black community lobbied to change it into an academic high school named after US Senator Charles Sumner, an abolitionist. Sumner evolved into a college preparatory school with a reputation for excellence. This story is told in a new book, The Sumner Story.

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