Mounds Township High School — Pulaski County, Illinois

Former Mounds Township High School

When I first started planning my trip back to Cairo I knew I wanted to travel north of the city and explore.  The last, and only other time I explored Cairo it was a simple jet across the bridge, explore the town and then jet back across the bridge.  I found this wonderful ruin on google earth in the nearby town of Mounds.  I knew I had to visit.
Former Mounds Township High School Mounds Township High School was built sometime in the 1920s. It was one of 4 high schools that served this area of Pulaski County. Former Mounds Township High School
The school’s mascot was the Railroaders and the school’s colors were Purple, Gold and White.
Former Mounds Township High School
The school remained in operation until the end of the 1963-64 school year when Mounds-Meridian High School opened and consolidated Mounds Township with three other neighboring high schools. The Consolidated school is still in operation as simply Meridian High School. Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is approximately 130 students.

MC Napier High School — Perry County, Kentucky

Ive passed the school many times. I can remember when MC Napier High School and Dilce Combs High School merged to form Perry County Central. I was in my early years of high school then and I can remember watching the news on channel 57 detailing all of the new amenities the students would have at the new high school. I was envious.
Former M.C. Napier High School
Before I dive into the specifics of MC Napier, Im going to speak a bit about it’s counterpart, Dilce Combs High School located on the other side of the county is basically a twin structure to MC Napier, but unlike the 3 story MC Napier High School Dilce Combs was two stories. That building is currently occupied by local offices.
Former M.C. Napier High School MC Napier High School opened in 1953 and was named for local educator Mitchell Campbell Napier who was instrumental in securing WPA funds for the school district building plan during his tenure as the county Superintendent. Former M.C. Napier High School
The MC Napier High School was closed alongside Dilce Combs High School in 1995 when they were merged to form the newly opened Perry County Central High School. After the MC Napier grounds ceased operation as a high school the county district continued to utilize it as an Alternative School until 2005.
Former M.C. Napier High School The school was sold in 2007 at auction to a private entity. Former M.C. Napier High School
Today the school stands gutted, fallen victim to vandalism and the elements.
Former M.C. Napier High School Former M.C. Napier High School

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Fleming-Neon High School — Letcher County, Kentucky

Fleming-Neon High School -- Letcher County, KY

High On The Hill

Fleming-Neon High School is located high upon the hill above the town of Flemming-Neon.  Fleming-Neon has a particularly interesting history as until 1977 Fleming and Neon were two separate Municipalities.  In all technicalness of the geography of this town, the school actually is located in what was Neon prior to the city consolidation. Fleming-Neon High School -- Letcher County, KY

School Origins

The Fleming-Neon High School was originally built by the Elkhorn Coal Corporation in 1925  to provide an educational system for the children of the coal miners. The school’s mascot was a pirate and the school colors were purple and gold.  A picture of this structure can be found by clicking HERE

Fire & Reconstruction

On the night of February 11, 1958 the original Fleming-Neon High School was destroyed by a fire.  High School classes were then held in the neighboring elementary school while the present high school structure was completed in the same spot, high up on the hill.  Enrollment at the time of the fire was 380 students. Finally on May 21, 1960 the new 14 room high school was dedicated.

Consolidation and The End

In 2003 The Letcher County Board of Education moved forward with a plan and began construction on a new centralized consolidated high school that would result in the closure and the end of the three county high schools, Letcher, Whitesburg and Fleming-Neon.Fleming-Neon High School -- Letcher County, KY At the end of the 2004-2005 school year Fleming-Neon High School closed.  It’s final enrollment count was 218 students in grades 9-12.
Fleming-Neon High School - Letcher Co KY

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Wayland High School — Floyd County, Kentucky

IMG_5491 Wayland High School was the home of the Wasps and in operation from 1941 until the spring of 1972. The school was then closed and the last graduating class left and the high school was merged with Garrett, Martin and Maytown High School to form Allen Central High School, a school that is now faced with school consolidation with neighboring South Floyd High School.  I’ll have More on those schools later on. IMG_5494
Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky After Wayland High School was closed, this building served as Wayland Grade School from 1973 until 1990 when the building was closed for good. Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky
This school once had an additional building on that sat where the store thats been built in front of the original building is now. That additional building must have housed the elementary school and was apparently demolished in the 90s after the elementary school at Wayland closed. That building can be seen by clicking HERE.
Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky An interesting piece of trivia about Wayland High School: This school was home to the first Kentucky Mr. Basketball, Kelly Coleman, all the way back in 1956. Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky

The Wayland Gymnasium still sits in the parking lot of the main school building.
Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky
Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky
Inside the main school building is in rough shape and you can tell no upkeep has been performed  in many years.
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Most of the windows are busted out,
Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky//
the doors are unsecure and the ceilings are beginning to give way.
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Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky
Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky
Wayland High School -- Floyd County, Kentucky

Wentworth Consolidated School — Rockingham County, North Carolina


The Wentworth Consolidated school was located along State Route 65 in Wentworth, North Carolina about 30 miles north of Greensboro.


The school and building has a colorful history that can be traced back to 1923.   The school served grades 1-12 until 1977 when the last graduating class of Wentworth High School received their diplomas.  The building continued to serve students in grades K-8 until 1999 when a new facility was completed.

There is a great story behind this school and the history of the building on the Wentworth Elementary School website.  That story is posted below:

For the past 91 years, Wentworth Elementary School has symbolized education and unity to the citizens of the Wentworth Community and surrounding areas. Wentworth Elementary which was built in 1923 became the largest and oldest K-8 school in North Carolina. Generations of Wentworth students have shared the bonds of camaraderie, educational excellence, community pride, and the values that were established for them through this solid educational institution.Wentworth Elementary dates back to the year 1881 when female students attended a private school called Wentworth Female Seminary. Later, a public school entitled Wentworth Male Academy opened for males.  In the rural, agriculturally based community of Wentworth, the school year originially lasted about four months, but in time, the public school year was lengthened to six months. Academic emphasis in these schools were placed on memory work, mental arithemetic, penmanship, and music.
Eventually, under the leadership of Mr. L. N. Hickerson, Superintendent of Rockingham County Schools, plans were made for the small country public schools to be consolidated. Mr. Hickerson searched for just the right spot to build his dream school, a three story brick building, which would house all students in the Wentworth community. Local residents, as well as the local news media, scoffed at the idea that there would ever be enough students to fill such a school. Undaunted, Mr. Hickerson proceeded with plans to implement his vision. Construction of the “Hickerson’s Folly” as the new school was mockingly called, began in the fall of 1921, when mule drawn covered wagons began to haul in supplies to the chosen site. When  the school was not yet ready to open in the fall of 1923, as was proposed, students were temporarily housed in various locations. Two Wentworth churches housed “primary” and “grammar grade” children, while Gunn’s Store was opened to “high schoolers”.
Finally, a little over two years and $100,000 later, classes were gathered from the various locations and moved into the spacious new building in the spring of 1924. That spring, the first prom was held in the new cafeteria and eight graduating seniors marched across the stage of the new auditorium. One of the first schools in North Carolina to consolidate, the new school was herald by the New York Times as one of the most progressive schools of the time. In time more facilities were required, progress continued as the new building added a gymnasium and a vocational classroom, as well as other classrooms. In 1955, when grades 1-12 students had completely outgrown the existing facility, a new elementary building was built on the same campus, housing grades 1-4, while the main building continued to house 5-12. The two buildings at Wentworth continued as a grade 1-12 school until a new high school was build approximately 1 mile east on Highway 87. Wentworth remained home for grades 1-8.
One change that had a considerable impact on the enrollment figures of Wentworth occurred when the state mandated the addition of a Kindergarten class in 1974. Then in 1983, the state required schools to implement into the daily schedule a planning time for teachers, when meant additional personnel had to be added to the staff to enrich the curriculum for students while their regular classroom teachers planned. Teachers were added in the areas of art, music, Spanish, physical education and guidance. Change continued as Wentworth began to implement programs designed specifically for students with special needs. These programs included areas such as BEH, EMH, AG, etc. for a time, due to a high percentage of students who qualified for a federally funded lunch program, Wentworth also had a Chapter 1 reading program. One of the first major changes to affect the number of students and staff at Wentworth was the county’s decision to begin a preschool program in 1997. All the previously mentioned changes helped raise enrollment to 884 students by 1998/1999 which was Wentworth’s last year as a Pre-K through eighth grade school.
Wentworth Elementary
Built 1999
Construction on the present Wentworth Elementary School began in the fall of 1998. The site chosen for the present facility was approximately 1 mile northeast of the previous facility, one fourth mile northeast of Wentworth Township. It is one of 17 traditional calendar schools in the consolidated Rockingham County School System. Students are bussed to the school from surrounding neighborhoods within the Wentworth School District. Although the majority of school population resides in the immediate area surrounding the school, some students voluntarily transfer from neighboring school distincts in the county. The new state of the art 77,300 square foot facility opened in the fall of 1999. It boasts special features such as : flexible grade house pods, teacher centers for planning and collaboration, integrated technology and media retrieval systems, and a multipurpose room which can accommodate all types of school and community events. It also had another very important feature that many schools take for granted, this is the first Wentworth Elementary School building to be fully centrally heated and cooled. Behind and to the side of the building, students have two large paved play areas as well as a 2 athletic fields.

Hillsville High School — Hillsville, Virginia


Hillsville High School was located in Hillsville, Virginia (Carroll County).  the school was originally constructed in the early 1920s and was a high school until Carroll County High School opened in 1969.


The building now serves as Carroll County Middle School.

Oil Springs High School — Johnson County, Kentucky


Oil Springs High School was located along state route 40 in Eastern Johnson County about 10 miles east of the county seat Paintsville near the Maggoffin County line.


Oil Springs High School closed at the end of the 1967-68 school year when Oil Springs, Van Lear, Meade and Flat Gap High Schools were consolidated to form Johnson Central High School.   The building then housed Oil Springs Elementary for a number of years until Highland Elementary was built in nearby Staffordsville.


Today the building is home to The Oil Springs Cultural Arts and Recreation Center is part of the Route 23 Cultural Heritage Network. It is located in Johnson County Kentucky on  Route 40 West. The building, once home to the Oil Springs School, now serves as a regional center for the arts.


The Oil Springs High School Gym has a history and story all of its own.  The gymnasium was constructed in 1934-35 and  was funded by the Works Progress Administration, a national assistance program in place from 1930 to 1941.  The gymnasium was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 26, 1989.



Haysi High School, Haysi, Virginia


School consolidation has become a common practice in the hills of appalachia.  Populations decline, revenue sources dry up and school divisions and districts are forced to close aging schools.  This past June, Haysi (pronounced HAY-SIGH) High School became the latest victim to school consolidation in the region after 87 years of serving the northern end of Dickenson County.


Located high on a hill behind the town of Haysi just off of Virginia state route 83 the school was closed for good in June of 2015.  Dickenson County voted to consolidate Haysi, Ervinton and Clintwood High School into one central high school all the way back in October of 2010.


Haysi High School was a 8-12 facility and the last reported enrollment figure that I can find is 264 students as of 2012.  That number had to be higher at closing because in 2013 the Dickenson County Board of Education voted to close Ervinton High School early and combine those students with Haysi Students, so I am thinking it was closer to the 400 mark when the school closed in June of  2015.


The new school, Ridgeview which combined students from Haysi (&Ervinton) with Clintwood opened up State route 83 between  Clinchco and Clintwood closer to the center of the county.


I suppose these guys were the guard birds watching over the building.


Hopefully the town or county can obtain this building and recruit some industry or some useful municipal services for the citizens so the building can be of use for many years to come.