Schools in the Community

Before 1920

1920 - 1969

1970 - 1985


Crystal Lake Jr High

Cleveland Heights Elem


Kathleen Jr High

Kathleen High

Lake Gibson High

Lakeland Jr High

Lincoln Elementary

Pickett Kiddieland

Rochelle Elementary

Seth McKeel Middle

Southwest Elementary

Southwest Jr High

St Joseph Elementary

Webster Avenue

Lakeland High

Winston Elementary

Pickett Kiddieland

Lena Mae Smith-Pickett opened Pickett Kiddyland in 1965.  Along with her husband, Edgar Pickett Jr, they found a piece of property at the corner of 10 Street and Kettles Avenue.  At the time, one of it major attractions is that the building was air conditioned.  The daycare focused on learning and taught students art, critical thinking, creativity and reading readiness.

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Black Principals


Ms Pickett

Faculty & Staff

Ms. Pickett

Students & Gallery

The information displayed in this section is a small portion of information about the schools in Lakeland's Black community during the first 100 years.   We know there is more.  Contact Us if you have information like pictures you don't mind sharing.