Until the state of Tennessee began to put more money into the county school systems in the late 1940s, it was
not possible for many DeKalb countians to attend high school, and many did not go beyond the eighth grade. Thus
the community schools with o ne or two teachers furnished the basic education for most DeKalb Countians for more
than a century. A gradual consolidation of these schools has taken place until in 1995 DeKalb County has only four
schools: at Liberty the West School (through grade 8), and at Smithville the Smithville Elementary, DeKalb Middle
School, and DeKalb County High School.
The above information was taken from "A Bicentennial History of DeKalb County, Tennessee,
By Thomas G. Webb. I want to thank Mr. Webb for allowing me to use this.
The following information was taken from the PURE FOUNTAIN COLLEGE, First Annual Catalogue, 1883-84.
The First Annual Catalogue, 1883-84.
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