Docena School

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Docena School was a school for children of white miners operated by the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company in their "model mining village" of Docena. The teachers, usually unmarried women, were provided room and board at the Docena teacherages, two-story houses in the center of town. Black children attended the Docena Colored School.

Outside the school was an old "hickory nut tree" which provided a shady playground area.

The schools were turned over to the Jefferson County School System in 1932.

Principals and faculty

Other teachers were named Jenkins, Black, and Land


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