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Historical Perspectives from Central High: Mecklenburg College (1961-1963)

A digital exhibition highlighting the history of the Central High Building, on the corner of Elizabeth Avenue and Kings Drive.

Mecklenburg College

On December 19, 1961, by the action of the Community College Board of Trustees, Carver College officially changed its name to Mecklenburg College. “This relatively young, vigorous, and co-educational school, moved to a new campus location four miles northwest of Charlotte, between Interstate Highway 85 (I-85) and Beatty's Ford Road.”


Mecklenburg College was provided with two new, state of the art, buildings to house general education and vocational trade courses. Mecklenburg College remained in this location until the summer of 1963, after it would merge with the Central Industrial Education Center to form Central Piedmont Community College. Below visitors will find other digitized materials related to the history of Mecklenburg College and its students. Materials include oral history interviews, publications, yearbooks, and photographs. More information on these materials can be found by viewing the links from the NC Digital Heritage Center in the "Mecklenburg College Yearbooks" tab.

Mecklenburg College Students

Dr. Jim Alexander, first director of Mecklenburg College

The May Day King & Queen

Dora Johnson, Instructor of the Secretarial Sciences Program