On November 28, 1917, the Board awarded a contract to Thomas H. Davis, in the amount of $10,606, to build a modern two-story school on the school grounds between the old Tilghman School and the Main Road. He went right to work. A lt houg h Dav i s to ok of f t he month of May to build an oyster cannery, he completed the new school (just about) on time a year later and was awarded the full amount. THE BIG NEW SCHOOL Mrs. Geraldine Dudrow clearly remembered the morning when her third grade teacher told the class to pick up all their things and march out of the old school and into the new. Her recollection fits precisely, for she was born in 1908 and would have finished second grade in the spring of 1918.
The new school faced the Main Road, about where the new auditorium is now. It was surrounded by huge oak trees that provided shade in the schoolyard for children to play marbles and other games. It was quite a building. The f irst f loor was built w ith block walls; the upper story was of frame construction. The interior layout was fairly straightforward, with four classrooms on the second f loor for the upper grades and four on the ground f loor for the lower grades; hallways ran down the center of each f loor, front to back. The front entrance, however, was quite distinctive ~ the front doors were between the two floors. One went up an outside stairway to a small landing and into an alcove, then through double doors that were set back from the face of the building. This
Tidewater Times October 2017