North Carolina Education - Lenoir County

Year County Established

County Webpage Herein

County Seat Webpage Herein

1791

Lenoir County

Kinston
In 1785, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act - Chapter XXXII - naming and authorizing trustees to build and manage a new school in the town of Kinston, which was in Dobbs County at that point in time. The school was named the Dobbs Academy.
This Author has not found the legislative Acts and Resolutions from 1791 to 1816. If they are ever located then they will be appropriately included herein. 
On November 17, 1817, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to establish the Fairfield School in Lenoir County. Seven (7) trustees were named in the Act.
On December 31, 1822, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to appoint eight (8) new trustees for the Kinston Academy in the town of Kinston in Lenoir County.
On February 12, 1827, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to establish Cambridge Academy in Lenoir County. Nine (9) trustees were named in the Act.
On January 10, 1829, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to establish Moseley Hall Academy in Lenoir County. Sixteen (16) trustees were named in the Act. The village of Moseley Hall received its Post Office on December 2, 1834, and its name was change to LaGrange in 1869.
On January 14, 1832, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the United Brothers' Library Society in Lenoir County.
On December 12, 1842, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate Union Academy in Lenoir County. Seven (7) trustees were named in the Act.
On January 28, 1851, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate Kinston Academy in the town of Kinston in Lenoir County. Seven (7) trustees were named in the Act.
On January 9, 1877, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Kinston Collegiate Institute in the town of Kinston in Lenoir County. Twenty-four (24) trustees were named in the Act.
On March 6, 1883, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to authorize the qualified voters in the town of Kinston to decide whether to levy a special tax to fund a graded school in the town of Kinston in Lenoir County. Nine (9) trustees were named for each of the white and colored schools. This Act was amended on March 9, 1885; see below.
On March 6, 1885, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Davis School, a military and classical school launched by Adam C. Davis, in the town of LaGrange in Lenoir County. This school was renamed to Kinsey's Seminary on January 27, 1891; see below.
On March 9, 1885, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to amend the earlier Act of March 6, 1883 (above) concerning graded schools in the town of Kinston in Lenoir County. The boundaries of the school district were redefined in the Act.
On March 1, 1887, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to prohibit the sale and manufacture of spirituous liquors within two (2) miles of the Davis School in the town of LaGrange in Lenoir County.
On January 27, 1891, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to rename the Davis School (see March 6, 1885 above) to Kinsey's Seminary in the town of LaGrange in Lenoir County. The Davis School moved to Winston-Salem in Forsyth County.
On February 15, 1899, the North Carolina General Assembly passed yet another Act to authorize the qualified voters in the town of Kinston to decide whether to levy a special tax to fund a graded school in the town of Kinston in Lenoir County. Seven (7) trustees were named in the Act.
In the Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the scholastic years of 1899 and 1900, it was reported that there were two (2) private schools in Lenoir County:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Dr. Lewis' School

Kinston

Dr. R.H. Lewis

50

LaGrange High School

LaGrange

Miss L.D. Parker

45
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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