Title page for ETD etd-11398-163747

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Fowler, Lee V.
Author's Email Address robertr@vt.edu
URN etd-11398-163747
Title School Integration: A Case Study of the 1971-1972 School Year at Indian River High School
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Richards, Robert R. Committee Chair
Earthman, Glen I. Committee Member
Hunt, Thomas C. Committee Member
Onks, Charles H. Committee Member
Parks, David J. Committee Member
Richards, Robert R. Committee Member
  • Integration
  • School
Date of Defense 1997-07-31
Availability unrestricted

This dissertation is a case study of the initial year of

integration at a predominantly white southern high school. The

school's racial configuration changed from approximately 10%

black to approximately 35% black in the course of a single

year. The study includes a background of desegration in

Virginia, a discussion of the closing of the black high school

in the local area, and a detailed, thematic study of the events

of the school year. The information is gleaned from newspapers,

historical works by original sources, school records, papers and

memos, and primarily, from sixty-six interviews with former students,

teachers, administrators, parents and community members.

Important sections deal with racial issues on a personal level

for the students and teachers involved. Organizations such as the

football team are dealt with in detail. Particular attention

is paid to clubs and organizations, especially those where the

students could choose the members. A substantial portion of

the paper provides first hand accounts of violence that occurred

during the school year, in particular an incident of riot

proportions. The objective of the study is to provide a

detailed account of school integration through first hand

accounts of day to day events at a school in the process of


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