Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 4, 2005):
Howard High School is associated with the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education that found racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. The decision overturned the "separate but equal" doctrine that the Court had endorsed in Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896 that gave legal sanction to Jim Crow. Howard High was the black high school cited in Belton v. Gebhart (1953), one of five cases combined under the Brown case. In Belton, parents of black children bused to Howard sued to allow to their children to attend the white high school (Claymont High School). The Delaware case represented the intent of the U.S. Supreme Court that segregation went beyond the South.