Kirkland School, 1928, Atkinson County

Old Kirkland School Atkinson County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Built in the Spanish Mission Revival architecture popular with school houses of the 1910s and 1920s, this structure consolidated several smaller area schools. Thanks to Shea Browning for the history.

Old Kirkland Schoolhouse Atkinson County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Cecil Maine writes: I attended Kirkland School in 1940 and 1941. (I transferred from the Harmony Grove school upon their consolidation with the larger schools in the county, and completed sixth and seventh grades there before going on to Pearson for high school, 8th thru 11th grades). At that time there were only 11 grades to complete high school. So I graduated from Pearson High School in 1946.

Bill Musgrove recalled his mother attending here, and Sharon Darley remembers: I attended 2nd through 5th grade then the school shut down. It became a chicken house for years. It had a huge auditorium that held many community events, keeping our community united like a family. Great teachers worked there….they kept us in line.

Old Kirkland School Lunch Room Atkinson County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I’m guessing this structure was either a lunchroom or shop building, probably added not long before the school closed.

Kirkland GA Atkinson County Consolidated School 7th Grade Class Photograph 1947-48 Courtesy of the Days Gone By Atkinson County Georgia Facebook Page

Here’s a photo of the 7th grade class at Kirkland School, 1947-48 term. Courtesy of the Days Gone By: Atkinson County Facebook page.

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3 responses to “Kirkland School, 1928, Atkinson County

  1. Shea Browning

    According to local history, the consolidated Kirkland school building was built in 1928 and brought in students from Live Oak, Bradwell, Harmony Grove, Sunny Side, Arnie, and Kirkland. It replaced 2 other older schools that had been built in 1918 and around 1908, respectively.

  2. Charles R Corbett Hartwell, Georgia

    Brian, I grew up in south Georgia. Love and appreciate all you do in preserving history. I grew up in Waresboro, Ga. which is a few miles from Kirkland. Waresboro was once the county seat for Ware County in the 1800’s. There was a high school there until 1958. If you are in area, could you take a few pictures. Thanks, Charles Corbett

  3. Thanks. Have no connection with this school, but have an interest in our Georgia history. You do a great and magnificent job. QUESTON: Do you have or know where I can locate any 1950 thru 1980s pictures of Newington, GA – including the middle school. Pastor Robert McCurry In a message dated 8/1/2014 10:15:04 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, comment-reply@wordpress.com writes:

    Brian Brown posted: ” Built in the Spanish Mission Revival architecture popular with school houses of the 1910s and 1920s, this structure should date to around 1920-1925 or thereabouts. It is nearly gone now, but hangs on somehow.

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