Jamestown School Building & Library History
Jamestown Public School Building
The Jamestown Public School Building in the early 1900s.
Picture of the girl's dormitory with students. Circa 1919
School Building & Farm Landscape
This pictures shows the Jamestown Public School Building (front) and surrounding farm landscape. There are two students working on the land towards the left of the building.
School Building with Annex 1939
This picture was taken in 1939 with a clear view of the annex that was added onto the original school building.
Jamestown High School Postcard
This picture used for a postcard (circa 1954) shows the Jamestown Public School Building, annex, home economics building, gymnasium, football field, and teacherage.
Jamestown Elementary School 1959-60
Mrs. Alice S. Armfield's 1st Grade class in 1959-1960. The Jamestown Public School Building was used as an elementary school after 1959 until the early 1980s.
School Building with Annex
Color photograph of the Jamestown Public School Building with the annex addition still attached on the right.
Jamestown Public School Watercolor
This watercolor of the Jamestown Public School Building was created by artist Mac Foust.
In 1907, the community of Jamestown, North Carolina was selected as one of the first sites for a rural high school. It became the first accredited rural high school in North Carolina and the first of its kind in Guilford County.
The Jamestown Public School Building was built in 1915 after a fire destroyed the first school building. It functioned as a high school until Ragsdale High School was built in 1959.
Then, the school building was utilized as Jamestown Elementary School until 1982.
Finally, after tremendous support from alumni and the Town of Jamestown, the building was renovated to reopen as the Jamestown Public Library in 1988.
To learn more about the history of the school, visit the archives on the top floor of the library:
Old Jamestown School Association Archives Located Upstairs. Open by Appointment.
Call 336-454-4815 to schedule.
In 2014, the Library was given the opportunity to digitally preserve some of our archival materials by collaborating with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.
Items included: yearbooks, class and graduation photographs, graduation programs, pictures of the building (like the ones seen here), sports teams, and more!
For optimal viewing on this website, increase the zoom (under "Automatic Zoom") to 50%.
Then use the scroll bar function at the bottom to go across the timeline.
Download your own copy (PDF version) of the timeline here.