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. After Wayland High School was closed, this building served as Wayland Grade School from 1973 until 1990 when the building was closed for good.
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. 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.
When I started planning my trip to Charlotte and Greensboro a few weeks ago, naturally I started searching for abandoned or closed school buildings. I was successful in finding a few. My favorite of them all has to be the old Beaverdam School located in Canton, North Carolina.
The building was built in the early 1930s during the WPA era.
I found a couple of sources that list the closing date as 1985, but that cant be confirmed for sure. Judging by the condition of the building I would say that is a good estimate though.
It appears that the school probably recieved a substantial addition in probably the 1950s along the west side of the building.
As always, if any of my readers have any information or stories about the Beaverdam School in Canton, North Carolina, feel free to message me or comment!
Many of you know that I use to live in Greensboro, North Carolina. Most dont know this ironic fact about that move though….when I moved there I rented an apartment on West Market Street…which happens to be US 421. US 421 happens to be one of the two main roads through my home town of Harlan. It was very weird to me that I could move almost 300 miles away and still be on the same road.
Today, I done something I had wanted to do since 2007 when I first moved to that area, I drove US 421 the entire way from Greensboro back to Harlan and saw some interesting things along the way that I cant wait to share over the coming weeks on the blog. For now, here is a little preview:
The Liberty Theater in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Old service station in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
an old WPA school I found in Mountain City, Tennessee. dont know much about this one yet, but I will definitely be researching it. The building is now apparently some sort of community center.
Shady Valley Elementary School in Johnson County. This building was completed in 1936.
and last, but certainly not least, my Harris Teeter store brands I stocked up on in North Carolina before coming home. I miss Harris Teeter so much.