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007-0686 Middlebrook Grade School and High School

Middlebrook Grade School and High School
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VLR Listing Date 12/11/1984

NRHP Listing Date 02/27/1985

NRHP Reference Number 85000387

These two tall brick buildings, on a hill above the village of Middlebrook, are symbols of advances in rural public-school facilities and expressions of local pride. The Middlebrook Grade School (pictured above) was built in 1916 to accommodate the growing population of this prosperous Augusta County turnpike town. The building was a community project with local residents contributing money, labor, and materials. It originally held high school grades but additional growth necessitated a new Middlebrook High School building by the early 1920s. The high school was thus erected next door in 1923, and also was accomplished largely through local effort. The standardized building plans were adapted to meet the village’s desire to have space for community gatherings. Instead of the usual large multi-purpose room, the school had separate spaces for a gymnasium, auditorium, and community center. School consolidation led to the closing of both schools in 1967.  The Middlebrook Grade School and High School were listed in the registers under the Public Schools of Augusta County MPD.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: August 16, 2021