Old Spring Lake School

The entire 1924 student body of the Spring Lake School is shown by the building which was once located at Old Spring Lake. Classes began meeting in the new brick building in 1925. In an article written by J. L. Hinson (an early teacher) from the November, 1929 edition of the school paper, "The Spring Lake Siren," the "Springlake of Yesterday" was described vividly:

"In the fall of 1921, school opened at the old school site, one half mile from the Spring Lake post office, with a faculty consisting of two persons, my wife and I. We had enrolled at this time 36 scholars representing eleven homes in a radius of about six miles.

"The campus consisted of one acre. On the grounds was a ten-stall barn to house the horses that were driven or ridden by the students. A wind mill and a 50 gallon water barrel was the water system complete. Most of the boys swung on the end of the pipe and got their drinks straight from Mother Earth. During this year a basket ball court was built and tennis was promoted.

"The frame school building was divided into two rooms, where all grades to the ninth inclusive were taught. The interior walls were made of ship-lap, undercoated and bare. The rooms were poorly lighted and poorly constructed. On windy days the windows rattled so badly that teaching was difficult. To illustrate the comfort of the room--at the beginning of school one day the thermometer in the house registered six degrees below zero. The equipment of the building consisted of double desks, long recitation benches, out of date maps, Webster's dictionary and no library. The Spring Lake church was used as an auditorium for all school entertainments.

"The expenditure of this common school district for the year was approximately $3100; $1800 for teachers salary and $1300 for transportation, the system then being 8 cents per mile each way per family. This educational system was financed by a levy of $25 per section."