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Oak Ridge in Guilford County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Oak Ridge Public School

Opened 1925

 
 
Oak Ridge Public School Marker (front) image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 4, 2012
1. Oak Ridge Public School Marker (front)
Inscription. The Oak Ridge Public School had a capacity for 123 students and served grades 1-8. The structure contained six classrooms and had two indoor flush toilets, but no cafeteria or gymnasium. The center of the original building included a stage and auditorium which seated 300. In 1937, an office/library was created and in 1959, a community public library was located within the school. The cost of the structure in 1925 was $30,552. In 2006, the old building was incorporated during a $13 million expansion of the school and was renamed the Thomas F. and Carolyn C. Brown Historic Wing.
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This school replaced several one and two-room schools in Oak Ridge township, including a log school (approx. 1/4-mile from here), and a frame-built school used in the early 1900s. The original Station 15 of the Oak Ridge Fire Department was located in a separate building on the property 1954-2004.
For over 75 years, the school was used for community events such as meetings, festivals and the annual Fiddler's Convention. During the 1930s-1950s traveling musicians of national acclaim performed here, including Bill and Charlie Monroe, Stringbean and Grandpa Jones. A grandstand stood behind the school and was the site of the baseball games and events
Oak Ridge Public School Marker (back) image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 4, 2012
2. Oak Ridge Public School Marker (back)
associated with the annual Oak Ridge Horse Show. Oak Ridge Public School served as an integral part of this community and remains a beloved part of this town. A small community museum was established within the historic structure in 2006.
 
Erected by Town of Oak Ridge.
 
Location. 36° 10.18′ N, 79° 59.66′ W. Marker is in Oak Ridge, North Carolina, in Guilford County. Marker is on Oak Ridge Road 0.2 miles west of Linville Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oak Ridge NC 27310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charles Benbow House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oak Ridge Institute (approx. half a mile away); Jesse Benbow House (approx. half a mile away); Oakhurst (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bailes Old Mill (approx. 1.1 miles away); Old Mill of Guilford (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lindley Field (approx. 4.8 miles away); Railroad Street Mural (approx. 5.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Oak Ridge.
 
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Oak Ridge Public School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 4, 2012
3. Oak Ridge Public School Marker
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By Michael C. Wilcox, April 4, 2012
4. Oak Ridge Public School Marker
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By Michael C. Wilcox, April 4, 2012
5. Photo on Oak Ridge Public School Marker
Oak Ridge Public School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael C. Wilcox, April 4, 2012
6. Oak Ridge Public School Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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