The Parker-High School year of 1939 to 1940 had one principal and seventeen teachers.
William H. Pitts, Sr. – Principal
A.W. Adkins – Ninth Grade
Susie Anderson – Eighth Grade
Ferris Holland – Tenth Grade
Louis Johnson – Industrial Arts
Edith W. Keys – Ninth Grade
Sarah Michie – Ninth Grade
Dorothy Pierce – Eleventh Grade
Ruby F. Smith – Home Economics
Marie T. Butler – First Grade
Bernice W. Diggs – Second Grade
Laura M. Dorsey – First Grade
Ellen C. Goods – Third Grade
Evelyn Johnson – Fourth Grade
Alma P. Murray – Second Grade
Julia Prichett – Third Grade
Helen L. Robinson – Fourth Grade
Parker-Gray High School had 15 students that graduated in 1940.
Alma Arrington (King)
Bernice Arrington (Evans)
Mary Baker (Odom)
Alice Bell (Lewis)
Christine Charity (Johnson)
Vivian Edwards (Putman)
Melba Gamble (Bond)
Theola Martin (Chambers)
Collia Strong (Rivers)
Alice Wootton (Wooton) was one of Alexandria, Virginia’s forgotten community leaders. She was a dynamic civil rights leader that was instrumental in advocating for Parker-Gray School to become a high school.
Mrs. Wootton was born in Culpeper, Virginia. She and her husband, Joseph A. Wootton who was a prominent religious, fraternal and labor leader, migrated to Alexandria after 1900. They lived at 610 South Asaph Street. The Woottons had four children, Joseph L, Ruth, Florence and Rose, and they adopted Bertram T. Robertson. Joseph, her husband died around 1920. Alice continued to live in Alexandria, Virginia doing community services until her children migrated to Philadelphia. The family had relatives in Philadelphia.
In 1927, Mrs. Wootton migrated to Philadelphia and continued her community services in civic organizations there. She became very active in her church, Mt. Olive Holy Church in Philadelphia.
On February 14, 1953, Mrs. Alice Wootton died from complications of surgery at the age of 73. She was buried in a family plot at Mt. Lawn Cemetery, Darby, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Alexandria’s African American history is made richer by the contributions of Mrs. Alice Wootton.
In order for African Americans to have access to medical facilities, the African American citizens of Alexandria, Virginia felt they had to raise money to contribute to the new hospital. In 1917, the Colored Citizens Association contributed to the new Alexandria Hospital to set aside two Colored hospital wards for their needs.
They raised and contributed the sum of $357.30 to the trustees of the new Alexandria Hospital. This money was for furnishing two wards in the building for the accommodation of colored patients. The Association hoped to increase the total amount to $500 if possible. The contributions were:
Alfred Street Baptist $34.20
Third Baptist $31.52
Roberts M. E. Chapel $31.15
Meade P.E. Chapel $18.60
Zion Baptist $17.35
Ebenezer Baptist $13.25
Shiloh Baptist $12.50
Mount Jezebel(Jezeel) Baptist $5.00
Beulah Baptist $2.00
Naomi Household of Ruth $10.00
Lancaster Lodge Odd Fellows $10.00
Lincoln Lodge of Masons $5.00
Acacia Lodge of Masons $4.00
W.N. Jackson (Business Mens League) $5.00
Mrs. Maria V Simpkins $33.00
Mrs. Rachel Truatt $7.45
Mrs. Effie Tancil $1.05
S. A. Tucker and Marcellus White $40.10
B.F. Watson $5.75
F.H. Rich $4.90
Public Col. March 6, 1917 $.61
Public Col. March 13, 1917 $.70