North Carolina Education - Warren County

Year County Established

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1779

Warren County

Warrenton
In 1786, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act - Chapter LXIV - naming and authorizing trustees to build and manage a new school named the Warrenton Academy. The trustees were also authorized to establish a lottery to raise money to help fund the new academy.

In January of 1787, the state legislature chartered Warrenton Academy. Among the trustees named in the act were Henry Patillo, William R. Davie, Benjamin Hawkins, Nathaniel Macon, Thomas Person, and Willie Jones. The school was built upon a tract deeded to the trustees for that purpose in 1805 by James Brehon.

The Act directed that money for the school be raised by a lottery. Headmaster from 1788 until 1809 was Marcus George, said to be a man of “eccentric habits.” By 1819, the school was known as Warrenton Male Academy. Among the students were Braxton Bragg, Thomas Ruffin, Weldon Edwards, Thomas Bragg, and Matt Ransom.

In the late nineteenth century another school, the Graham School, operated in a later building on the same site. That building's exterior was painted red, leading to the common reference to it as “The Red Academy.” Beginning in 1898, the building housed Warrenton High School, initially a private school and after 1923 a public school.

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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 December 24, 1820, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Shocco Female Academy in Warren County. Seven (7) trustees were named in the Act.
On December 31, 1822, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Shady Grove Academy, a male and female academy on the lands of Thomas Cottrell, in Warren County. Ten (10) trustees were named in the Act.
On February 12, 1827, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Warren Academy on the lands of Joseph W. Hawkins in Warren County. Seven (7) trustees were named in the Act.
On January 13, 1834, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to establish Princeton Academy on the lands of Dennis O'Bryan in Warren County. Six (6) trustees were named in the Act.
On January 26, 1843, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate Ridgeway Academy in the village of Ridgeway in Warren County. Nine (9) trustees were named in the Act.
On February 2, 1857, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Warrenton Female College in the town of Warrenton in Warren County. Ten (10) trustees were named in the Act, and the college was authorized assets up to $40,000.
On March 7, 1883, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Central Institute for Young Ladies in Warren County, near the town of Littleton, which is in Halifax County. Eleven (11) corporators and thirteen (13) temporary officers/directors were named in the Act, and the school was authorized assets up to $350,000. On March 4, 1887, the school was renamed to Littleton Female College. See Halifax County Education page.
On March 5, 1889, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to authorize the qualified voters in the town of Littleton, which straddles the county line of Warren County and Halifax County, to decide whether to levy a special tax to pay for public schools in the town of Littleton. Eight (8) trustees were named in the Act. This Act was amended on February 26, 1897; see below.
In the Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the scholastic years of 1889 and 1890, it was reported that there were nine (9) private schools for white children and two (1) private school for colored children in Warren County. The private schools for white children were:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Warrenton Male Academy

Warrenton

J.P Grey

33 males

Warrenton Private School

Warrenton

Miss Mattie Brown

17

Fork Institute

Fork Township

John Graham

22

Private School

Ridgeway

Mrs. C.J. Dargan

13

School for Girls & Boys

Warrenton

Miss L.W. Hawkins

35

Select School

Warrenton

Mrs. V.L. Pendleton

20 females

Littleton Female College

Littleton

Rev. J.M. Rhodes

90 females

Sharon School

Sharon Church

Miss Lilly Nicholson

14

Davis School

Warrenton

Miss Laura Davis

6
The singular private school for colored children was:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Warrenton High School

Warrenton

J.A. Whitted

93
On March 9, 1891, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to remove the Colored Normal School now located in Franklinton in Franklin County to Warrenton in Warren County. The citizens of Warrenton must furnish suitable buildings plus $300 per annum in addition to state appropriations. An Act of January 20, 1893, moved the school back to Franklinton in Franklin County.
Also on March 9, 1891, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to amend the boundaries of the school district of the town of Littleton, the Warren County boundaries only.
Also on March 9, 1891, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Shiloh Institute in the town of Warrenton in Warren County. Six (6) trustees from five (5) different counties were named in the Act.
On January 20, 1893, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to remove the Colored Normal School from Warrenton in Warren County back to Franklinton in Franklin County (see March 9, 1891 above).
In the Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the scholastic years of 1899 and 1900, it was reported that there were ten (10) private schools in Warren County:

Private School

Town/Village

Principal

No. of Students

Warrenton High School

Warrenton

John Graham

80

Mis Lucy Hawkins' School

Warrenton

Miss Lucy Hawkins

40

Miss Lou Brown's School

Warrenton

Miss Lou Brown

15

Warren Plains Academy

Warren Plains

Miss Edna Allen

30

Wise High School

Wise

Miss Sallie Allen

30

Miss Nettie Tosh's School

Macon

Miss Nettie Tosh

15

Littleton Female College

Littleton

Rev. J.M Rhodes

75 females

Littleton High School

Littleton

Rev. A. Cree

30

Churchill School

Churchill

Miss Betsy Rodwell

25

Inez School

Inez

Miss Kate A. Williams

25
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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