To provide a challenging and appropriate education in a safe and nurturing environment that allows our students to make positive contributions to our society today and tomorrow.
We believe that our school exists for students. We believe students can learn at higher levels if we collaborate to plan a challenging curriculum based on the needs of our students. Our day-today actions will reflect that everyone values accountability, excellence, high expectations, and student success and self-worth.
George Washington Carver's Favorite Peom
Figure it out for yourself, my lad
You’ve all that the greatest of men have had
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes
And a brain to use if you would be wise
With this equipment they all began
So start for the top and say, “I can.”
Look them over, the wise and great
They take their food from a common plate
And similar knives and forks they use
With similar laces they tie their shoes
The world considers them brave and smart
But you’ve all they had when they made their start.
You can triumph and come to skill
You can be great if you only will
You’re well equipped for what fight you choose
You have legs and arms and a brain to use
And the man who has risen great deeds to do
Began his life with no more than you.
You are the handicap you must face
You are the one who must choose your place
You must say where you want to go
How much you will study the truth to know
God has equipped you for life, but He
Lets you decide what you want to be.
Courage must come from the soul within
The man must furnish the will to win
So figure it out for yourself, my lad
You were born with all that the great have had
With your equipment they all began
Get hold of yourself and say: “I can.”
Our school is named for the noted Negro scientist, George Washington Carver (1864-1943). The school was originally called the Moore Street School because the sixteen-classroom, two-story brick building constructed in 1886-87 fronted Moore Street. In 1908-09, a ten-classroom annex was built. The more modern (1951) two story brick building, at 1110 West Leigh Street, comprised twenty classrooms, a cafeteria, a library, and an auditorium. The school's name was changed from Moore Street School to G. W. Carver Elementary School when the 1951 building was occupied. The most recent addition was completed in 1992. It contains sixteen classrooms. This addition allowed students housed in the Baker Street Annex to move on site.
The following persons have served as principals from 1886 to the present:
Presently, George Washington Carver Elementary' School serves approximately 500 students in grades PK - 5 and Exceptional Education. It is our hope that Carver School, which has served the educational needs of boys and girls for over one hundred years, will continue to do so for many more years to come.
- Edgar M. Garnett 1886-1900
- Dana H. Rucker 1900-1901
- Hubbard G. Carlton 1901 -1938
- Oscar Albert Motion 1938-1972
- Linwood Thomas Binford 1972-1973
- William Waddell Craighead 1973-1978
- Beverly Whitaker Braxton 1978-1984
- Barbara Radcliffe Grey 1984-1985
- Delores R. Pitt 1985-1989
- George A. Crockett 1989-1996
- Loretha Taylor 1996-2003
- Shannon Smith 2003-2005
- Iris F. Page 2005-2008
- Arcelius F. Brickhouse, Jr. 2008-2012
- Kiwana Yates 2012-2018
- Tiawana Giles- 2018-Present