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Robert C. Byrd High School
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One Eagle Way

Clarksburg, WV 26301




This school was named after a gentleman by the name of Kelly Miller, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. The school colors were black and orange. They were known as the Kelly Miller Yellow Jackets. The last principal of this school was E. B. Saunders. He became principal in 1919. In 1929 the building was expanded to include a gymnasium, swimming pool, large library, more classrooms manual arts workshop, auditorium with a seating capacity of 825 and a first class home economics department. As far as I can remember, they only played a white team in an all star game at the Carmichael Auditorium. I attended many of their football and basketball games from 1947 until the school closed. When the schools were integrated in 1956, Kelly Miller was then closed. Principal Saunders was placed as acting principal at Linden Grade School. Mr. Saunders later retired. I visited Mr. Saunders many times after his retirement and he was kept busy baby sitting a grandchild. This school building has been the location of the central offices for the Harrison County Board of Education since January 1982. The future of this building is in limbo as the board offices are planning to close Gore Elementary School soon and move their office to this location. The old Kelly Miller High School was located on Water Street and became the offices of the Board of Education after Harrison County Schools were integrated. I attended public schools in Clarksburg through 1955 and they were segregated, including athletic teams. There was a football practice field

Kelly Miller High School