Make no mistake, Jackson Price Burley High School has had its impact on the Charlottesville-Albemarle community. What some thought was an act to thwart integration, had a wonderful impact and effect on the two Black communities: one in the city; the other in the county.
The name “Burley” truly meant something. In fact, it became to symbolize all that was good In the Black community. Not only did Burley become the “pride” of Black Charlottesville, its athletic prowess, put area high schools and even the storied University of Virginia athletic program to shame.
Teachers, administrators and students were proud of their school’s accomplishments. Black professionals provided wonderful role models for aspiring graduates and college bound students.
Burley became a symbol of Black unity and pride. If you attended Burley, your origin did not matter, that is, whether or not you were a county or city resident.
The Black high school would cease to exist after 1967. It would later be acquired by Albemarle County in 1967 and become a Middle School in the County’s School System.