Doby High graduates bring notice to Wetumpka’s segregated school

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Winfred Wise remembers an Elmore County that was comprised of both black and white people, but never the two meeting.

This was seen most prominently in the W. B. Doby High School, located where Wetumpka Elementary School stands today. However, when the school opened in 1963, it was exclusively for black students.

“All the blacks went to school there because we couldn’t go to the all-white Wetumpka High School,” said Wise, it went to the school from 1963 to 1965. “It was called a segregation school.”

By 1970, the school was closed and more black students began to integrate into Wetumpka High School, but Wise feels like the school plays an important role in the community’s history.

“There’s nothing on that property that says the original name was Doby High School,” he said.

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