Buildings Then and Now
The pictures on the left were taken by Gary Hunnings during our last years in
school and the first two pictures on the right were taken on our 36th Graduation
Anniversary, June 7, 2006. The Water Tower picture on the right was taken on
one of my work trips on April 28, 2006.
1917-1918 - construction started as a 36 bed infirmary(1). In
later years, a wing was added and a
dental area was made available with a dentist from town on call should his
services be needed.
Completed in 1924, student labor helped in the construction
and gave the school a respectable
physical education program(1). The basement area, which would be on the right
side of the building,
used to be an bowling alley for the students. In those days, there were no
automated pin settings
and ball returns so students had to set the pins and return the balls manually.
In the sixties, the
same area was a teacher training hall. The indoor swimming pool is in the left
part of the building.
When Jimmy Autrey saw the picture on the left, he noticed that the windows
were different. When I
was prepping these two pictures for this page, I
noticed that 2 of the 3 dormers were "missing" on
the roof on the picture on the right is because of the angle of the camera when
this picture was
made. Other pictures taken of this building showed (not yet posted on this
site) revealed that the
dormers are still in place.
The Water Tower
The Water Tower, part of the campus landscape, was built circa
1929 to replace the original
water tank that was built inside the Clock Tower when Main Building was built in
Goodwin Hall was built in 1910-1911, their water was also coming from the Clock
water tank and that reduced the water pressure because everyone was using it.
the Clock Tower's water tank was replaced, the Main Building students were
allowed to take
their baths only on Saturdays. The showers were located in the basement of Main
at the time. In the 1960's, the campus started getting water from the city, yet
of the campus was still getting water from the watershed. -
These three pictures below were taken on March 9, 2007
A modern day perspective of Gary's photo.
This view was taken from the WPCC's campus.
From behind Main Building, this was the most
common view of the Water Tower.
The most notable differences between Gary's photo and these
current day pictures is that the tower in Gary's photo looks
as if it was freshly painted.
During the two week football practice before school opened,
football players would climb the Water Tower as a challenge after climbing
the Clock Tower. So far, only two of our Classmates has admitted to this deed.
(1) 100 Years NCSD pamphlet, p10
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