Brief History of the Crawford School
The Crawford School was
built by Jack Stokley in 1909. The City of Crawford
floated a bond to raise the $4,500 required to build
the school. The school functioned as a school from
1909-1954. The Class of 1947 was the last graduating
Mr. Pat Pace hand cut
the granite for the windows and doors.
Athletic Rivals: Meson
Academy (Lexington) and Maxeys School
Students had to pay
$1.00 upon entering for the purpose of paying a janitor and buying fuel.
Those outside the school district had to pay $2.00 per month. Students
came from as far as 12 miles away.
CHS became an
accredited high school in 1921 allowing graduates to enter college
without having to "stand examination"
There were originally
four classrooms and a full auditorium. Outbuildings (now destroyed) were
added to house lower grades and bathrooms.
At graduation the
Junior and Senior Class each produced a play. Many of the names of
cast members can still be found on the walls back stage.
The Crawford Women’s
Club sponsored plays with a cast "composed of local talent of
After closing its
doors as a school in 1954, the building was used as a nursing home,
sewing plant, insulation plant, preschool and a manufacturing facility
for decorative garden edgings.
"In 1939, the State
of Georgia ran completely out of money to operate our schools. As I
remember, the teachers were paid through February leaving March, April
and May up to the parents. I believe the entire school was close during
that time with the exception of the senior class who was able to get Mr.
Pierce Belcher to continue on by himself until the second week in May.
The country was in an economic depression and many people actually
suffered." (Peter Wheeler CHS ‘39 – Commissioner – Dept. of
Veterans Service – 1989)