One hundred-three years ago in 1915, Elkin Graded School was opened to the public. Since then, residents of Elkin have been able to attend public school locally.
Dana Shepherd, office support secretary, who has been with the school for 20 years, said the reason we needed a school in Elkin was “for the need of the population of Elkin we should have a school that we can go to without traveling too far.” The school system has been a big part of Elkin’s history since it began.
Major events have changed the town since Elkin High School opened its doors. There have been wars, economic hardships, and also sports championships and special visitors, but for Shepherd, who is the third longest working staff member at Elkin High School, the biggest moment was “when President Bill Clinton came to the school campaigning for his wife, Hillary Clinton.”
Shepherd has been able to experience many changes at Elkin High School, from students and even renovations of the Elkin High School building completed in the spring of 2011, but she is excited about the future and the plans to keep improving our school. “We will soon have a new gym,” Shepherd said, which is thrilling news for most staff and students since the current gymnasium is not handicapped accessible.
Joel Hoyle, principal at Elkin High School, said, “We’ve got a great school, and we are getting better by helping our students learn skills to go into the workforce. We are seeing more students take college credits, more prepared for college and getting head starts on authentic learning. It’s an amazing thing that has come to the school for students to be able to take college classes and get a head start.”
Every student, teacher, custodian, principal, substitute and parent leaves a mark at Elkin High School. Every time a new class of freshmen walk up the steps and through the big doors, Elkin High School changes forever. Students made its history and every student makes its future.
Ethan VanHorn, James Owings, Emerson Gonzalez, and Logan Wilmoth are members of the Honors English I class at Elkin High School.