Carter County, Tennessee

Lower Shell Creek School

Lower Shell Creek School
Picture contributed by Julia Williams Kodak

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This from Ken Hodge
This school was built in 1911-12 and was built to replace the old one room school which was located in the vicinity of the present Lower Shell Creek Christian Church. It is a two-story wood building, painted white with three classrooms on the ground floor. The second floor was occupied by the Junior Order of the Masons. There were six windows on the front lower floor with a double door in the middle. Two outhouses were in the back and the well was in the front and to the left of the school. A bucket with one dipper was in each classroom and was filled from the well by the older boys. Everyone in the class used the same dipper so ailments became community affairs. At this time grades were also affected by health, so if you had a cold for a few days your scholastic grades were reduced. It was originally built as an elementary school, grades 1-8, and then expanded a couple years later to grades 1-10. In 1928-29, it was again expanded to grades 1-12 and was a four year high school. In about 1930 it was again an elementary school after losing several students to Cloudland High. I have seen two pictures of students and that was for the 1924 and 1925 years. It seems that this photo was taken around the same period.

This school was in use until the early fifties when a new cinder block building was built about a half mile away. This cinder block building was used until the early seventies when the school was consolidated with the Cloudland Elementary School.

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