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Meriwether Lewis High School

During the early 1920’s Albemarle County began a process to consolidate its many small schools. The Ivy area supported several of these small schools such as the Ivy High School, Garth School, and High Point School.



As it was the policy of area school boards to locate new consolidated schools in the center of districts, it was decided to locate the new Ivy area high school on several acres of land along Owensville Road (Rt.676) in the center of the Ivy District given by the Hopkinson family. The new school was named Meriwether Lewis School in honor of Meriwether Lewis, the leader of the Meriwether Lewis Expedition which explored the lands newly acquired by the Louisiana Purchase. Meriwether Lewis had grown up less than a mile from the site of the school.

The Meriwether Lewis School as constructed in 1922, represented a new educational era of school design in Virginia. The Classical Revival-style building was based on a standard statewide eight-room central-auditorium school plan provided by the Division of School Buildings. The design incorporates a combination auditorium and gymnasium at the core of the building. The four-column entry with entablature and enclosed gabled end projects forward from the rectangular form of the structure. The original floor plan of the building was simple and was used repeatedly throughout Virginia with two similar examples in Albemarle County—Crozet and Scottsville. The well organized plan provided for all the functions needed for a progressive education of the era. It was reported that the purpose of every new school was “to make the building and grounds conform in every way to state regulations, ample for present and future needs.”

The school was a split level 2-story building, built of terracotta blocks with a stucco finish originally unpainted with white trim. The symmetrical facade consisted of two side classroom wings with the central entry portico reflected its Classical Revival style. Four Roman Doric columns supported the simple pediment. Under the portico was the recessed entry that consists of.

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Visitor Comments:

Denise Lloyd says - October 27, 2011

Looking for photos of my dad in school and his name was Kenneth Wayne Marshall.

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