This Gravely Hill School was built circa 1920 on a one-acre property west of Efland, in the community of Miles. The total cost of the school was $3,200.00, with the local black community raising $700.00 (and likely also donated construction materials and labor), the general public raising $2,000.00, and the Rosenwald fund
providing $500.00 towards its construction.
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 property was sold by the Orange County Board of Education in February 1957 to Nellie Cheek Davis (OC Deed Book 161, Page 500).
There are no known photos of the school.
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 spelling.
Two teacher plan for schools