Helen Dunn Urquhart, a mathematics teacher on the all-white faculty of Lynchburg’s Jackson Street High School, later served Jackson Street as principal. During Urquhart’s tenure, Jackson Street was one of only six black high schools in Virginia and was noted for its classical liberal education. Students could study Latin, algebra, history, physics, and English. Industrial education—manual training for boys and cooking and sewing for girls—was also available.
Helen Urquhart eventually became supervising principal at the new Dunbar High School, which opened in 1923. During her long career she served several other Lynchburg schools as principal or supervising principal: John Wyatt, Thomas C. Miller, Payne Schools, and Robert E. Lee.