• Note: Much of the history of the Richmond Public Schools was recorded in the context of a segregated society, and the reader should readily discern between pre- and post-desegregation observations. The terms "black," "colored," "Negro," and "white" in this booklet should not be considered offensive as they have been used according to the custom of the particular period. Since 1962, the division has omitted such racial designations from its reports and publications.

Clay School (Brook/Brooke Avenue School)

  • Clay Street near Brook Road (Avenue)

    This building was listed as Brook Avenue School in most annual reports; it was listed as Clay School in the 1875­76 annual report.

    "This property, formerly known as the Brook Avenue School, was altered and otherwise improved last year, costing, $520.28. The additional accommodations obtained by the alterations, together with the appointment of a male principal teacher, has added considerably to the popularity of the Clay School. Last year only 90 scholars attended; to-day we have 240 scholars belonging and 5 teachers employed."

    Brook (Brooke) Avenue School