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Mount Hope in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Mount Hope School History

 
 
Mount Hope School History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel
1. Mount Hope School History Marker
Inscription.  By 1872 there were only three families, that of C.C. Brown, the Warner's and the McGinnis’ living in the area now known as Mount Hope. They built a one room wooden schoolhouse replacing the first school held in the Blake Ian kitchen and in a tenant house on the Brown Farm showing the importance of education to these early settlers. The School was built at the head of this valley, and McGinnis felt it should be named "Mount Hope School".
Another room was added to the school in 1887, Following the opening of several coal mines in the area at the turn of the century, the school increased to six rooms.
Ten rooms and an auditorium were later added. After the school was lost in the fire of 1910, two separate schools were built, a twelve room grade school, auditorium, library and office and a brick high school with large class rooms, office and basement.
In 1917 a brick six room building known as Dubois School was constructed for use by the area’s African-American students, and in 1925 a beautiful brick building with twenty one rooms was built in the center of town as Mount Hope High School. In 1956 with integration Mount Hope and Dubois
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High Schools were joined into one school in the new Dubois High School Building. The name was changed to Mount Hope High School, and the old school became Mount Hope Junior High.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
 
Location. 37° 53.947′ N, 81° 9.452′ W. Marker is in Mount Hope, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Main Street (West Virginia Route 211) 0.2 miles west of West Virginia Route 16, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Hope WV 25880, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Hope Landmarks (here, next to this marker); Mount Hope Early Town History (here, next to this marker); Mount Hope Coal History (here, next to this marker); Dubois School History (here, next to this marker); The Arrival Of Coal Towns (within shouting distance of this marker); Connecting The Seam (within shouting distance of this marker); Dubois High School (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); DuBois High School (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Hope.
 
Mount Hope School History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel
2. Mount Hope School History Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 1, 2020, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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