North Carolina Education - McDowell County

Year County Established

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1842

McDowell County

Marion
On April 1, 1871, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Marion High School in the town of Marion in McDowell County. Nine (9) trustees were named in the Act, and they were instructed to take ownership of the building formerly belonging to the Marion Male and Female Academy.
In the Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the scholastic years of 1889 and 1890, it was reported that there were two (2) private schools for white children in McDowell County:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Marion High School

Marion

James Ransom

56

Old Fort Academy

Old Fort

Miss Mamie Erwin

15
On March 9, 1897, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to create and establish an independent school district from parts of Mitchell, Burke, and McDowell counties in the Linville Falls vicinity. Each county was authorized to elect one school committeemen, and the school district's boundaries were defined in the Act.
Also on March 9, 1897, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to create and establish a special school district on Ball Mountain in McDowell County. Children of Henderson County and Rutherford County who lived on Ball Mountain may also attend.
In the Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the scholastic years of 1899 and 1900, it was reported that there were four (4) private schools in McDowell County:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Marion Institute

Marion

J.E. Guy

50

Primary School

Marion

Mrs. W.B. Ratliff

25

Kindergarten School

Marion

Mrs. J. McNaughton

12

Sister Ella's School

Old Fort

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25
 
 
 
 


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