Center Hill Consolidated School — Bourbon County, Kentucky

A few weeks ago someone posted pictures of this beautiful building near Paris.  I knew I had to get up there soon to see it as the roof was clearly failing or had failed in the photos.  Luckily, on my way back from a dead mall trip to Cincinnati and Columbus earlier this week I was able to locate the Center Hill Consolidated School located on Russell Cave Road in rural Bourbon County.

Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky
Center Hill Consolidated School was opened in 1924 and served to consolidate three nearby one room schools.

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Until 1948 the school served students from this part of Bourbon County in grades 1-12. In the fall of 1948 Bourbon County consolidated students in grades 9-12 from Center Hill, Little Rock, Clintonville and Millersburg to form Bourbon County Vocational High School. That building is still in use today as Bourbon County Middle School.
Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky The school was expanded in 1958 to include a new cafeteria and other new spaces. Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky
According to records kept the National Center for Educational Statistics in 1967-68 Center Hill School had 246 students and 11 teachers in grades K-6.
ScreenHunter 02 I cant find a definite closing date for Center Hill. I have narrowed it down quite a bit though. The school apparently closed sometime early 90s. Someone shared these pictures taken at an auction that was held for the building and its contents after closure. Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky
I base my calculation of early 90s on the shiny Chevy Corsica in this picture.
Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky Sometime in 2016 the school suffered roof failure and has fallen into a sad state of disrepair. Center Hill Consolidated School -- Bourbon County, Kentucky
Upon researching for information about this school I stumbled upon a Facebook group dedicated to this school, including comments from the current owner. I really feel sorry for the current owner as it seems they really wanted to save this building. Its stunning and when you drive through that stretch of road, as an outsider, you can envision how beautiful this school was when it was in its prime.
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I’ve said it so many times in this blog before, but it bares repeating…..They just don’t build them like they use to.

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Four Mile School — Harlan County, Kentucky

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The Fourmile (Four Mile?)  School was located near the intersection of US 119 and Kentucky 840 Just to the west of the cities of Harlan and Loyall.  FourMile

I can’t find a definite opening date for this school, but some of the architectural cues tell me that it was probably constructed in the 1920s.  The tall windows and the fact that it was built out of brick and not stone tells me that it probably was constructed pre-wpa era.  I also found this picture on blogger that denotes it as being taken at fourmile school circa 1924.  That photo can be found by clicking HERE.  Also, the Harlan County School System has a nice little feature on their website focused to former schools in the county.  A photo of the Fourmile School was uploaded there and it is attached below….

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I have no idea who owns this building but I would absolutely love to go inside of it and document its existence.  These photos really show the poor condition of the roof and these were taken before the massive snow storms we had last year in this area that collapsed roofs all over the county.

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I also can’t find a definite closure date for this school, but my best inclination is to think that it probably closed around 1966 when nearby Loyall High School was turned into a strictly K-8 facility when James A. Cawood High School opened.

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As always, if you have any information or stories about this school or building please feel free to comment or message me!  Thanks for reading.