Front Enterance Gate
Anna Jonesboro Community High School in the 1940s, and the early 1950s was limited to Willard Hall, Benton Hall, Bar-San Hall, Raven Theater,
Football Field. The campus of 20 acres was surrounded by woods on east and west side of the football and behind Raven Theater on the North side by Baker Street. . The front grounds of the school
was bound by South Main Street at the top of the hill between Anna and Jonesboro.
Benton Hall 1940s
Bar-San Hall and Benton Hall 1940s
Football Field Football 1952 1st Eleven
Benton Hall was a newer building built on Union Academy grounds built with dotation from Jacob Benton from Dongola, Illinois contributed five thousand to building fund permitting the building
to erected free of debate. Benton Hall was named in his honor. Bar-San Hall was built in 1923 and named Bar-San Hall in 1948 after Miss Clara Bartow and Mrs. Ella Jane Pickles Sanders,
both were teachers at the school for many years. The Football Field was behind Benton Hall and it was used as a multipurpose sports field, and other activates. Around the football field was
a cinder track used for practice only. The distance track runners had to go to the Anna Fairground track to practice.
Football Field P E class 1951
Football Field 1960s
The football field was used a lot of action in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s from the children living around high school area. The children played a lot of football,
softball, baseball on the football field. In the southeast wooded area next to the football field was a sawdust pit, used for tackling practice.
The sawdust pit was used as a play area by the children. The woods around the football field made a great place run through paths, playing tag,
swinging on grape vines and eating wild grapes, "call possum grapes". At the back of the stage area of Raven Theater was a path that ran very far
back through the woods. Fred Elkins was in A-J High school for 1949-1950, 1950-1951, 1951-1952, 1952-1953. He graduated in the 1953 class. Fred helped build the Tennis Court.
The court never did see much action.