This chapter introduces Highland Community School: its neighborhood location and history, its organizational structure and programs, milestones in its growth and development created by teachers and administrators, and measures of its effectiveness. The massive frame double-decker houses, erected by German immigrants before the turn of the century but worn out under rental pressure and absentee landlords, have been razed en masse. The church and the mansion seem to be on an invisible line running diagonally to the northwest from the southeast and separating the heavily black area to the northeast from the predominantly white area to the southwest. The Highland Community Center Board wanted to control all activities in the church.