GRAVELY HILL SCHOOL

GRAVELY HILL SCHOOL

1015
,
Mebane
NC
Built in
1917-1925
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  • Sun, 04/14/2024 - 10:38am by SteveR

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1015
,
Mebane
NC
Built in
1917-1925
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
,
Neighborhood: 
Type: 
Use: 

 

This Gravely Hill School was built circa 1920 on a one-acre property west of Efland, in the community of Miles. This school may have been partially funded by the Rosenwald fund.[1]
 
It was a two-teacher type building plan (i.e. it had two classrooms). The property was originally surveyed for a school in April 1912, so perhaps an earlier school building once existed on this property. The school was segregated, being for white students only. In 1930, Chestnut Ridge school was consolidated with this school, and its students were sent to Gravely Hill.[2]
 
The property was sold by the Orange County Board of Education in February 1957 to Nellie Cheek Davis.
 
Note: There was an earlier Gravelly Hill School for white students that dated back to at least the 1870s, named after the community where it was located (to the south of this school's location); and, Orange County's Middle School #3 was named Gravelly Hill Middle School, utilizing the original/earliest spelling.
 
 

1965 aerial photo

View west, circa 2015 (image via Phil Mace)

 

SOURCES
[1] Fisk University Rosenwald Fund Card File Database, http://rosenwald.fisk.edu; if there was an African-American Gravely Hill school, I am unable to locate its site.
[2] Irene O. Pender, A History of Orange County Schools, 1752-1983. Hillsborough, NC: Shanklin's Press, 1983, p76
[3] Orange County Deed Book 161, Page 500

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