The Commercial Appeal

Last day for MCS

As of Monday, system begun in 1848 ceases

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Memphis City Schools officially goes out of business this weekend in a merger with Shelby County Schools that was approved by Memphis voters almost 2½ years ago.

During its long and colorful history, MCS survived a yellow fever epidemic, virulent protests over desegregat­ion and busing and a host of other challenges.

The city’s second largest employer has educated many of this community’s most prominent leaders, produced many fond memories among its graduates, and dominated the public education story in Memphis and Shelby County with news of its successes and its failures.

Education reporter Michael Kelley explores the history of one of the community’s most important cultural institutio­ns and economic engines in the Viewpoint section in Sunday’s editions of The Commercial Appeal.

 ?? ROBERT WILLIAMS, SPECIAL COLLECTION­S / UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS LIBRARIES ?? With 1971 report cards in hand, Bruce Elementary students leave school for summer vacation. A decade earlier, on Oct. 3, 1961, the “Memphis 13” —13 African-American first-graders — were enrolled in all-white Bruce, Gordon, Rozelle and Springdale...
ROBERT WILLIAMS, SPECIAL COLLECTION­S / UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS LIBRARIES With 1971 report cards in hand, Bruce Elementary students leave school for summer vacation. A decade earlier, on Oct. 3, 1961, the “Memphis 13” —13 African-American first-graders — were enrolled in all-white Bruce, Gordon, Rozelle and Springdale...

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