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Midway Elementary School

318 Midway School Rd | Lexington, NC 27295 phone Phone: 336-764-0064 phone Fax: 336-764-2313
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Midway Consolidated School, as it was originally known, was built in 1926 on the same site in which Midway Elementary School is situated today. When it opened, the school had a faculty of 10 teachers and an enrollment of 120 students housed in a 19,000 sq. ft. facility. At that time, students that attended Midway went from the 1st to the 11th grade. The first class to complete all 11 years at the school graduated in 1937. Changes in education added a year to the curriculum and 1945 saw the last graduating class to complete 11 years. No class graduated in 1946 and the following year, in 1947, Midway School saw the first class finishing 12 years at the school.  By then student enrollment had tripled and the size of the building had increased to 30,000 sq. ft.; however, the number of faculty did not increase at this rate. In 1947 there were almost 400 students attending Midway School and only 15 teachers. A few years later, in 1952, North Davidson Senior High was built “as a result of the move toward consolidation sponsored by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction”.  Students in grades nine through twelve from Midway attended this new school. This continued for about a decade and a half until 1967 when North Davidson Jr. High opened and all 7th and 8th graders from Midway began to attend this new school.  This same year Thomas School, the all-African American school, closed its doors. Students from Thomas school, depending on grade level, were assigned to one of the following: Midway (grades 1st to 6th), North Davidson Jr. High (grades 7th and 8th) or North Davidson Senior High (grades 9th – 12th). At this point Midway became an elementary school and the building had more than doubled its original size (46,000 sq. ft.). The next significant instructional change occurred in 1973 when Midway welcomed two new state supported kindergarten classes. A few years later, Midway, together with other schools in the county, received accreditation from the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS). The school offerings remained the same for almost two decades until 1991, when changes in the education system re-structured the elementary, middle and high school programs. That year Midway saw its last sixth grade class to graduate. Since then, Midway has remained an elementary school with grades from kindergarten through fifth. Today’s enrollment fluctuates in the 500s with a faculty of 37 teachers in a 65,000 sq. ft. facility owned by the Davidson County School System.

 

 

 

                                                                                                -History courtesy of Rosa Otero