Pleasant Valley School

 

The first Pleasant Valley school was a one-room frame building located a short distance south of the Pleasant Valley Depot at the intersection of what is now Routes 704 and 988. The date of construction of this early school is unknown but it is indicated in Lake's 1885 Atlas of Rockingham County. In 1886, this one-room building was replaced by a two-room school building. The new building had one room on the lower floor with a staircase going to the second room on the upper floor. It was located on a site opposite the Pleasant Valley Depot. The only teacher known to have taught at either the one-room school or the two-room school was Ella Byerly, who taught at Pleasant Valley during the 1888-89 school session.

 

On August 9, 1904, land was deeded from E. A. Heatwole and wife to the Ashby District school trustees for the construction of a new four-room brick school building. This building was open for the 1905-06 school year. This school, when constructed, was considered one of the most modern rural schools in the state of Virginia. This four-room brick school served the Pleasant Valley community until 1956 when it was closed and the students sent to Bridgewater. In 1963, a new Pleasant Valley School was built on the Rockingham County Farm between Pleasant Valley and Harrisonburg. This school was the first of the large elementary schools to be built in Rockingham County. The Pleasant Valley school was a 21 room school designed by Davis and McClintock, Harrisonburg architects, and built by Fralin Construction Company at a cost of $364,000. The school was opened for the first time in the fall of 1963, consolidating the Pleasant Hill and Dale Enterprize school and drawing from the school population at Bridgewater. In 1967 a classroom and gymnasium addition was made to the school. Principals who have served the new Pleasant Valley school since its construction in 1963 are:

 

1963-72 Lawrence Bowers

1972-89 Gar Miley

1989-97 Ed Powell

1997-98 Larry Barber

1998- present -Paula Frazier

 

Teachers known to have taught at the earlier Pleasant Valley schools are:

 

1888-89 Ella Byerly

1905-06 Nannie Alexander, Arthur Fadely, Elsie F. Hyde, Miss Dunivan

1906-07 Nannie Alexander, Miss March, Miss Whetzel

1909-10 Lillian V. Funkhouser, Ella G. Henton, Alice Will

1910-11 Elizabeth Hopkins, Minor Thomas, Annie Good

1911-12 Bessie S. Anderson, Edna E. Propst, Cora Anderson

1912-14 (two sessions) Edna E. Propst, Leona Ruebush, J. A. Mercer

1914-15 Kate M. Dunivan, Walter A. Flick, Lillye F. Kaylor, Leona Ruebush

1915-16 R. C. Bowers, Lillye F. Kaylor, Kate M. Dunivan, Grace Miller

1916-17 R. C. Bowers, Sallie Hulvey, Kate M. Dunivan, Grace Miller

1917-18 J. A. Mercer, Mabel Hollar, Kate M. Dunivan, Grace Miller

1918-20 (two sessions) Wilson F. Earman, Mabel Hollar, Mary Funkhouser, Grace Miller

1920-21 Wilson F. Earman, Mary Funkhouser, Kate M. Dunivan, Ora Painter

1921-22 Wilson F. Earman, Mary Funkhouser, Kate M. Dunivan, Hazel Maiden

1922-24 (two sessions) Wilson F. Earman, Mary Funkhouser, Nova Summers, Hazel Maiden

1924-26 (two sessions) Ernest Bowman, Mary Funkhouser, Mary A. Cline, Ethel Shipman

1926-27 Ernest Bowman, Margaret Bolton, Mary A. Cline, Ethel Shipman

1927-28 Ernest Bowman, Ruth Bowman, Mary A. Cline, Ethel Shipman

1928-29 John M. Roller, Ruth Bowman, Mary A. Cline, Ethel Shipman

1929-30 H. Early Beahm, Olive Huffman, Margaret Early, Alda Garber

1930-31 H. Early Beahm, Margaret Early, Alda Garber

1931-33 (two sessions) H. Early Beahm, Olive Huffman, Alda Garber

1933-35 (two sessions) H. Early Beahm, Juanita Landis, Olive Huffman, Alda Garber

1935-38 (three sessions) John H. Will, Juanita Landis, Olive Huffman, Alda Garber

1938-39 John H. Will, Mary A. Cline, Robena E. Newman, Alda Garber

1939-43 (four sessions) John H. Will, Mary A. Cline, Robena Newman Pennington, Alda Garber

1943-45 (two sessions) Mary A. Cline, Robena N. Pennington, Alda Garber

1945-47 (two sessions) Robena N. Pennington, Alda Garber

1947-54 (seven sessions) Camilla D. Sloop, Robena N. Pennington, Alda Garber

1954-56 (two sessions) Robena N. Pennington, Alda Garber

 


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