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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

007-1153 North River Elementary School

North River Elementary School
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/11/1984

NRHP Listing Date 02/27/1985

NPS property number 85000394

Although converted to an elementary school in 1968-69, the North River School is a landmark in Virginia public education as Augusta County’s, and indeed the state’s first consolidated high school. Opened in 1936, the school grew out of a concern for the crowding and inadequate facilities in the many small high schools in the various districts. Better road conditions made such a centralized high school possible and North River represented a consolidation of the high school classes of four districts, leaving elementary classes in the existing buildings. Employing the central auditorium plan, the new school was a straightforward design, one provided by the state Division of School Buildings. It included a library, offices, laboratory, and a home economics department. Agricultural classes were taught in a detached building. The school was enlarged in 1942, but the original, three-part facade remains essentially unchanged.


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

Updated April 4, 2018