The School

Established by Ronald Johnson in 1889, Summer Hill School was a wood framed Rosenwald structure of white clapboard with only a few rooms.  Summer Hill School opened its doors with only 55 students from grades

1 - 8

 

After the higher grades were added, the lower grades remained in the old building and grades 9-12 were moved to the new building at the bottom of the hill which was named Summer Hill High School. Summer Hill High School was the only high school that blacks could attend during this period in Bartow County.  Renovated and reopened to the public, the Summer Hill Complex now has a museum.

 

The Community

The Summer Hill community included black entrepreneurs and businesses, social and civic organizations, the Summer Hill PTA, churches and Slab Stadium which hosted black baseball teams and served as a business anchor to the community.

 

The Experience

The Students mostly learned from the worn out books they could not take home to study.  Jim Crow laws forced blacks to live "behind the veil" in the words of W.E.B. Du Bois and Civil Rights was mostly a civil fight.  But through it all, this village - Summer Hill - raised happy, intelligent and culturally diverse people who have a rich history to tell.

 

Summer Hill Alma Mater

"Dear Summer Hill"

 

Dear Summer Hill to thee

In our hearts so true

Happy, gay are we

All thy work to do

And as we go our way

Help us to never stray

We'll cherish thee

E're loyal be

Dear Summer Hill to thee.

 

And When someday we're old

We'll have you to hold

Memories pure and sweet

No words can e'er repeat

For you have been our dream

We'll always crown you Queen

And as we climb

To heights sublime

Eternity is thine.