Big Creek Elementary — Perry County, Kentucky

Its rather odd to find three school districts who border each other have a school by the same name in all three. That was the case in Clay, Leslie and Perry County Kentucky until several years ago. I have already covered the closed Big Creek Elementary School in Leslie County in this blog. That school closed several years ago. The school covered in this entry is the Big Creek Elementary that was located in Perry County.
Big Creek Elementary School -- Hazard, Kentucky The school is located near the intersection of Kentucky 80 and Kentucky 1096 in the community of Avawam about 8 miles west of Hazard near the Perry/Leslie County line. Big Creek Elementary School -- Hazard, Kentucky
Big Creek Elementary was closed in 2014 due to declining enrollment and a planned consolidation of schools in Perry County. At the end of the 2013-14 school year Big Creek was home to 136 students in grades K-8.
Big Creek Elementary School -- Hazard, Kentucky Big Creek Elementary School -- Hazard, Kentucky

Crispus-Attucks High School — Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Former Attucks School -- Hopkinsville, Kentucky Crispus-Attucks High School is located on First Street near the center of the city of Hopkinsville in Christian County, Kentucky. The school was the first high school serving students of color in all of Christian and even parts of Trigg County when it opened on October 28, 1916.
Former Attucks School -- Hopkinsville, Kentucky

In 1938, the Hopkinsville Colored Graded School system was absorbed into the white Hopkinsville Independent Schools, and the consolidated, yet segregated school system assumed ownership of Attucks High School. In 1956-1957, the Board of Education of the Hopkinsville Independent School System expanded the site and the campus through the acquisition of adjoining lots. Seven residential lots to the north and to the east of the original structure were purchased to provide land for a large classroom and gymnasium addition.
Former Attucks School -- Hopkinsville, Kentucky Completed in 1957, this two-story 39,747-square foot addition was constructed to the east of the original building and exemplifies the Modern architectural traditions of the 1950s with its curtain wall system and metal cladding on the exterior. Former Attucks School -- Hopkinsville, Kentucky Attucks High School held its final commencement ceremony on May 29, 1967.  Upon closing as a high school and integration with other schools in the Hopkinsville area, the Attucks building was transformed into Attucks Middle School, a school for fifth and sixth graders, which it served as until the end of the 1987-88 school year. The Christian County Board of Education retained ownership of the site until 1998 when fire and water damage and the presence of hazardous materials led them to seek a new owner for the structure. A group of interested alumni of the high school formed the Crispus Attucks Community Association in 1998 and subsequently purchased the property for $1.00. The C.A.C.A. maintains ownership of the property, and the group is dedicated to the restoration of the building as a multifunctional resource that can serve as a cultural centerpiece for the entire community. Former Attucks School -- Hopkinsville, Kentucky
On June 1, 2012 paperwork was submitted for the Attucks High School building and grounds to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds and school were approved to be added to the list and added to the list on January 23, 2013.
Former Attucks School -- Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Effords are still underway by community members and several groups to full restore this historic building and return it to serving the public.

Austinville School — Wythe County, Virginia

One of my favorite things to kill time doing is to get on google earth and “drive” around off the beaten path.  I lived in Greensboro, North Carolina for a little bit and grew attached to the area so I travel between Harlan and Greensboro several times a year.  A couple of months ago I was “driving” on google earth just south of Fort Chiswell, Virginia in Wythe County and discovered the long closed and abandoned Austinville School in Austinville.  Ill have more on the fascinating history of the community of Austinville and its connections to our ancsestors right here in Harlan County and all of Kentucky tomorrow.  For now, enjoy the pictures and as always feedback is welcome!
Former Austinville School -- Wythe Co, Virginia

The school was constructed in the early 1950s.  One source lists the correct date as 1952 and another lists and 1953.  The school sits near the intersection of state route 619 and 636 just south of the New River.
Former Austinville School -- Wythe Co, Virginia The school closed in 2001 when declining enrollment forced the Wythe County School Board to combine Austinville students with nearby Jackson Memorial Elementary students. Former Austinville School -- Wythe Co, Virginia
Former Austinville School -- Wythe Co, Virginia Former Austinville School -- Wythe Co, Virginia

Flag Pond School — Unicoi County,Tennessee

Flag Pond Elementary School was located in the Unicoi County community of Flag Pond, high up in the deep mountains of extreme eastern Tennessee bordering North Carolina.
Former Flag Pond Elementary School The current Flag Pond School was created when Rocky Fork School and Sweetwater School were consolidated. Former Flag Pond Elementary School
Interestingly enough, another earlier school was located in the community called “Hog Skin”.
Former Flag Pond Elementary School Today the Flag Pond School sits empty and although has been that way for around 20 years, it still seems to be secured and maintained. The grounds of this school is home to the annual ramp festival which is held on the second Saturday of May each year. Information about this past years festival can be found by clicking HERE Former Flag Pond Elementary School
Former Flag Pond Elementary School

Buladean School — Mitchell County, North Carolina

Buladean Elementary -- Mitchell Co, NC The Buladean Elementary School was located in the small unincorporated community of Buladean in Mitchell County, North Carolina along NC state route 226 about 7 miles south of the Tennessee / North Carolina state line. Buladean Elementary -- Mitchell Co, NC
The school was obviously constructed sometime in the 1950s and probably updated in the late 1980s or early 1990s.
Buladean Elementary -- Mitchell Co, NC Due to declining in enrollment at the end of the 2010-11 school year Buladean Elementary School was closed and students were sent to neighboring Gouge Elementary School located in the county seat of Bakersville. Buladean School had an enrollment of 31 students at the time of its closing. Buladean Elementary -- Mitchell Co, NC
An interesting thing about Buladean School is that until 2002 the mascot had been the Braves. In 2002 under pressure from state lawmakers the school changed its mascot to the Bears.
Buladean Elementary -- Mitchell Co, NC Today the school is home to the Buladean Community Foundation and hosts various community events. Buladean Elementary -- Mitchell Co, NC

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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Wheelright High School Gymnasium — Floyd County, Kentucky

Wheelright High School was located in southern Floyd County near the junction of state route 122 and 306.
Wheelright Gym  -- Wheelright, KY The high school building no longer exists as it was demolished sometime in the mid to late 90s. Wheelright high school was very similar in construction to the high school at Wayland that I covered in this blog in a previous entry. A picture of the Wheelright High School building can be found by clicking  HERE.  All that remains standing is this beautiful art deco inspired gymnasium. Wheelright Gym  -- Wheelright, KY
Wheelright High School’s mascot was the Trojans and the school colors were maroon and white.
Wheelright Gym  -- Wheelright, KY The high school was closed at the end of the 1993 school year when South Floyd High School at neighboring Hi-Hat opened its doors to students that following fall. Wheelright Gym  -- Wheelright, KY