Clay
County, Tennessee

Schools

Note: These are the schools listed on the USGS 1:24,000 (7.5 minute) topographical maps, as determined from the USGS Geographical Name Information Server (GNIS). These are undoubtedly NOT all the schools currently in Clay County.

Feature Name

Latitude

Longitude

USGS 7.5' Map

Arcot School (historical)

363125N

0853324W

Celina

Asburn Creek School (historical)

363507N

0851653W

Dale Hollow Reservoir SE

Baptist Ridge School (historical)

362902N

0853126W

Burristown

Beech Bethany School (historical)

363400N

0853103W

Celina

Beech Springs School (historical)

362743N

0852935W

Hilham

Brimestone School (historical)

363033N

0853826W

Union Hill

Butlers Landing School (historical)

362937N

0853335W

Burristown

Buzzards Roost School (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Dale Hollow Dam

Cave Springs School (historical)

363309N

0852822W

Dale Hollow Dam

Cedar Hill School (historical)

363640N

0852012W

Dale Hollow Reservoir SE

Celina High School

363248N

0853022W

Celina

Celina School

363243N

0853022W

Celina

Chestnut Mound School (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Union Hill

Concord Academy (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Celina

Dry Fork School (historical)

362751N

0853151W

Burristown

Eminence School (historical)

363614N

0853905W

Union Hill

Excelsior Academy (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Celina

Fairview School (historical)

363255N

0851843W

Dale Hollow Reservoir SE

Fairview School (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Union Hill

Fox Springs School (historical)

363238N

0852354W

Dale Hollow Dam

Free Hills School (historical)

363345N

0852913W

Dale Hollow Dam

Hermitage Springs High School

363433N

0854658W

Red Boiling Springs

Holly Creek School (historical)

363500N

0852311W

Dale Hollow Dam

Hongkong School (historical)

363251N

0852519W

Dale Hollow Dam

Knob Creek School (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Celina

Laurel Bluff School (historical)

363618N

0854447W

Union Hill

Leonard School (historical)

363131N

0854706W

Red Boiling Springs

Liberty Hill School (historical)

363501N

0853227W

Celina

Lillydale School (historical)

363710N

0851716W

Dale Hollow Reservoir SE

Maple Grove Elementary School

363138N

0851836W

Dale Hollow Reservoir SE

Markham School (historical)

363635N

0852143W

Dale Hollow Reservoir SE

Midway School (historical)

363313N

0853629W

Celina

Mill Creek School (historical)

362850N

0852950W

Hilham

Mitchell Creek School (historical)

363110N

0852307W

Dale Hollow Dam

Moss School (historical)

363524N

0853708W

Celina

Mount Vernon School

363225N

0854418W

Union Hill

Neelys Cross Roads School (historical)

363014N

0852648W

Dale Hollow Dam

New Hope School (historical)

363610N

0853430W

Celina

Oak Grove School (historical)

363556N

0854209W

Union Hill

Oak Grove School (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Burristown

Philomath Academy (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Burristown

Pine Branch School (historical)

363524N

0852955W

Dale Hollow Dam

Pine Hill School (historical)

363404N

0853842W

Union Hill

Plainview School (historical)-see note 1 below

363551N

0852610W

Dale Hollow Dam

Pleasant Grove School (historical)

363235N

0852624W

Dale Hollow Dam

Pleasant Hill School (historical)

363219N

0852124W

Dale Hollow Reservoir SE

Plumlees School (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Celina

Popular Bluff School (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Red Boiling Springs

Pout Hill School (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Union Hill

Rush School (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Union Hill

Saint Johns School (historical)

363539N

0851826W

Dale Hollow Reservoir SE

Shiloah School (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Celina

Sweet Gum Plains School (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Dale Hollow Dam

Tinsleys Bottom School (historical)

362832N

0853523W

Burristown

Turkey Creek School (historical)

362937N

0853500W

Burristown

Union Hill School (historical)

363314N

0854144W

Union Hill

Willow Grove Academy (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Dale Hollow Reservoir SE

Willow Grove School (historical)

363513N

0852057W

Dale Hollow Reservoir SE

York School (historical)

UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN

Red Boiling Springs

Notes:

1. Fred Arms reports that Plainview school was located on Pea Ridge. When the new highway was built through the area, the building and most of the ground was in the right-of-way. The school was on the Lum Williams property which is now owned by one of Fred Williams' children. Fred attended the school in 1923, the first year the school was used. It was abandoned when the schools were consolidated.


Leah C. Savage provided the following article.

Eminence School in Clay

Personal memories of Ralph Craighead as told to his daughter Leah. Fall of 2000.

Eminence School was located one mile south of Boles. It was located at the top of the hill on the right just before the road turns left toward Wood River. This was a one room school. Constructed of wood and heated with a wood stove in the back of the room near the doors. It had blackboards across the front and wooden benches were there to sit on. There were no desks in the beginning. Two doors entered the building. One on the right was used by the boys and the one on the right was used by the girls. There were four tall windows on each side. The house faced the east. The campus was rather hilly and rough with very little play area. The restrooms were located out back behind the bushes. They became more modern and two, two seater outhouses was constructed. Also following the tornado of 1935 when Tompkinsville was literally demolished a craze was on to build storm cellars. One was constructed to the front and south of the school. Logs covered the structure and dirt covered the logs. The most popular game was marbles. (Rolley hole marbles) When Roy Spears was teaching, basketball was introduced. The first ball the school had was leather and had a seam separating the portions that was also leather and was protruding. It could be rough on the hands. This was a one teacher school until the time that Roy started teaching and many additional children started coming from neighboring communities such as Moss, Pine Hill and Oak Grove. The first additional teacher that Ralph recalls was Idera Fisk. Also Nellie Hayes and Lona Walker taught as the second teacher. The competitive school was Tinsley Hill which was located to the east and north of Eminence. There was discussion among the patrons of each school as to which had the most merit. Ralph recalls his uncle Shelton's wife not allowing their child to go to Eminence because she thought Tinsley Hill was a better school. Books were usually purchased second hand from an older student. If new books were bought they were considered expensive and had to be purchased at a store in Celina. Students had tablets of paper and pencils. Ralph remembers making one group picture and it is labeled Eminence 1937. It is in the Clay County History book. Students usually went there through the 8th grade. Sometimes the better students would repeat the 8th grade for a lack of something better to do. Ralph went to Eminence about 1928 until 1937. He went almost none to school the first 3 years, and made 3 grades the 3rd year. The teachers were Creola Grace, Mattie Capshaw, Erma York, Roy Spears, Iders Fisk, Nellie Hayes, Phillip Dalton, and Raymond Spears. The following year Hance Wilkerson and Lona Walker taught at Eminence. The school was dissolved following the fire in 1938 and the students went to Moss, Pine Hill and Oak Grove in Tennessee, and to Tinsley Hill in Kentucky. Prior to a school at Eminence different subscription schools were conducted at Boles in the upstairs of the store building. These sessions were only about 3 months duration and in the summer or fall when heat and road conditions was not a factor.

A few began to go to High School about 1930 to 1933. Students from Eminence would walk to Moss and catch a ride to Celina. Others caught a ride and or boarded at Hermitage Springs. Ralph went to Hermitage Springs and paid a dollar a week to ride on the back of a ton and half truck. This truck was owned by Neville Chitwood and was a student with Ralph at HS. The second year the board of Education established a bus route. Part of this time the bus was an old bus with seats down each side, and on the last Eula Copas had a pick-up with a camper type body on the back. Eula started back to school and graduated with Nevill, Ralph and the others in 1941. In 1940, Highway 52 was rebuilt and rerouted. This was the most severe winter known to people in this area. The temperature went as low as 22 below Zero. The road was impassable for a number of months around Christmas time. Ralph was forced to walk to Oak Grove to meet the bus.

 

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