Our History

Leicester ElementaryFor almost a century, Leicester Elementary School has served the Leicester community. In 1914, a cement block building was constructed on our present site where the lower playground is now located. This building consisted of four classrooms and an auditorium. This building remained until 1940.

old school
 
During those early days, boys who attended the school would cut wood, donated by the community, to heat the building and they also built stalls for their horses. At that time, students either walked or rode to school in horse-drawn buggies. As smaller schools in the area were consolidated, new classrooms were added onto the original building. By 1940, this building was outgrown and a new building was constructed by the Works Progress Administration through donations from area citizens. This new brick building was heralded as being "state of the art" in North Carolina and consisted of two floors with an auditorium and a gym. It served grammar grades and high school students. Today, this building still serves as the heart of our facility. In 1950, an additional, lower building was added.
 
In 1962, Clyde A. Erwin High School was established to serve Leicester and other area schools. As a result, Leicester School became a first through eighth grade school. Later, students from sixth, seventh and eighth grades moved to Clyde A. Erwin Middle School. In 1966, Sandy Mush School was consolidated into the Leicester School population. In 1969, our first Kindergarten class was added. During the 2011-2012 school year, our fifth grade students moved to the new Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School.
 
Our new addition, completed in 1999, connects the 1940 and 1950 buildings. At this time, the entire facility was completely renovated with expanded classrooms, air conditioning, and an upgraded auditorium. The renovation project retained unique features of the old building as well as upgrading the facility to modern standards. Today, these "state of the art" buildings house students in Kindergarten through 4th grade as well as housing a Head Start.

School Song: We Will Remember
Words and music by Shelly Snead
Where the wildcats roam,
We find friendships true,
Proudly we'll succeed,
In everything we do.
We will remember the things we have learned here,
and hold you, Leicester School, in our hearts.
With knowledge as our guide,
And character our friend,
We will walk the path
Where learning never ends.
We will remember the things we have learned here,
and hold you, Leicester School, in our hearts.
You have taught us well,
You have shown the way,
We have come so far,
We will never be the same.
We will remember the things we have learned here,
and hold you, Leicester School, in our hearts.