Back in 1999 when the US Army Corp of Engineers came into McDowell County and offered assistance to relocate schools out of the flood plain, War Elementary School that was originally opened all the way back in 1922 was one of the schools targeted.
Ground was broke in December of 2005 on a brand new K-8 facility that would replace War Elementary, War Middle and Berwind Elementary Schools. The new school would be located directly in front of Homer Hickam’s alma mater, Big Creek High School on the east side of town. You can find an article heralding the ground breaking of the new school here. Bluefield Daily Telegraph Article
I only got the chance to visit War Elementary School once back in 2011 a few months before it was demolished. As you can tell in the picture above, windows had already been removed at that time.
The first picture deplicts the front fo War Elementary, the second picture is the back where students loaded onto school busses. The brighter red building was at one time War Junior High. Not really sure if the Junior High moved out of War Elementary to the other school previously covered in this blog or if the school down there was consolidated into this facility.
But at anyrate, at the end of the 2008-09 school year the new Southside K-8 school was completed and this school closed to students. The school was demolished in 2012 and is now home to a community park.
While researching and digging for information about this school I found several historical photos to share that are in no way my own property, but were way too interesting not to share.
The date on this photo was listed as 1940.