Long-time resident, anonymous donor bring historical marker to Baker


Jeanette Henderson, 82, sorts through historical documents she collected over two years to apply for placement of a Florida historical marker at Baker School.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 02:02 PM.

BAKER —  Jeanette Henderson is happy to see years of research and hard work pay off.

The long-time resident is responsible for bringing a historical marker to Baker School, establishing that the former Baker High School was Okaloosa County's first state-accredited high school in 1923.

Growing interest

Henderson, 82, was Baker Block Museum's first curator for 18 years and worked as the school's secretarial bookkeeper from 1956-1988. Her love of history and collecting reference material for the museum eventually put her on a mission to put a historical marker at the school.

"The more (information) that I saw and the more that came in (to the museum) on the school, my interest continued to grow," she said.

 The school's history dates back to 1914 when property for Baker High School was purchased. The Florida Legislature formed Okaloosa County during the school's construction in 1915. The original two-story building, which opened in 1916, was heated by a wood stove in the building's basement. The school's first graduating class in 1924 had three students.

Marker granted

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