Old Claymont High School


This was the first public high school in a segregated state to be legally integrated. A petition by Civil Rights attorney Louis L. Redding to admit a group of black students to the school resulted in a landmark ruling by Delaware Chancellor Collins Seitz that opportunities for black students in local schools were not equal to those of whites – violating the “separate but equal” standard. Against the orders of the State Board of Education and Delaware Attorney General, Claymont school leaders agreed to admit the students. The Delaware court decision was appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court and included in the famous Brown vs. Board of Education suit, ultimately resulting in the end of segregation.