CALDWELL SCHOOL

CALDWELL SCHOOL

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Caldwell
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1925
/ Modified in
1947-1951
,
1965-1975
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,
Caldwell
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1925
/ Modified in
1947-1951
,
1965-1975
Architect/Designers: 
Construction type: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 
Use: 

 

The Caldwell School was built in 1925 by contractor Bethel F. Blanchard, on the site of the former school. It was remodeled and an auditorium built for it sometime between 1948 and 1951, with Archie Royal Davis likely being the architect for the addition.[1] The Caldwell School was a segregated school, for use by white students only.

The school board decided to close the school in 1961, mainly because of upcoming integration "issues" (i.e. white parents apparently didn't want black students at their school and the school board could be sued for not following integregation/desegregation laws).[2]

In 1962 it was decided that the school's students were to be transferred to Cameron Park in Hillsborough, but it was ultimately decided to transfer them to the Aycock School by May 1963.

In September 1963, a garment manufacturer (All-American Apparel, Inc.) offered to rent (for $25 a month) or buy the property; however, the county's title to the property wasn't clear so it couldn't sell the property at the time.[3]

Orange County finally sold the property in 1973 after a lawsuit was brought against the board to force a sale. [4] The front (original) section of the school was demolished sometime between 1965 and 1975. The school site is grown over with trees; the rear section (auditorium) is still standing, but is quite dilapidated. The playground stone walls are also still present.

View south east, 1965

Auditorium structure, view south east (photo by S. Rankin 04.04.2024)

Auditorium structure, view north west (photo by S. Rankin 04.04.2024)



Auditorium interior, view north west (photo by S. Rankin 04.04.2024)

Original school structure's front steps rubble, view north west (photo by S. Rankin 04.04.2024)

Original school structure foundation, view north (photo by S. Rankin 04.04.2024)

Northern playground stone wall, view north east (photo by S. Rankin 04.04.2024)

Northern playground stone wall, view south west (photo by S. Rankin 04.04.2024)

 

ENDNOTES
[1] Orange County Deed Book 85, page 175; Irene O. Pender, A History of Orange County Schools, 1752-1983. Hillsborough, NC: Shanklin's Press, 1983, pp74-75; Archie Royal Davis Papers, Tube box 8, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries
[2] Chapel Hill Weekly, May 1, 1961
[3] Chapel Hill Weekly, September 9, 1963; November 6, 1963; All-American Apparel instead rented property from James Freeland east of Hillsborough when the deal fell through with the county
[4] Orange County Deed Book 242 page 515

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