BRAMWELL HIGH SCHOOL, BRAMWELL WV

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Bramwell School History Overview

Bramwell High School Building Photograph - 1966

ANOTHER VIEW OF BRAMWELL HIGH SCHOOL

The Bramwell Public Grade School was established in 1894 with Professor E.S. Baker becoming the first principal ( 1895 - 1900 ) of the school. With private donations from several local coal barons like John D. Hewitt, Jenkin Jones, Harry Bowen and Captain I. A. Welch* the school term was extended from five to twelve months a year for the 200 students and five teachers. High school grades were then added and in 1911 the first four year students were Glenna Pack, Lucille Rowan, Isabelle Toy and Fannie Vincent. On December 13, 1933 fire destroyed a large part of the school. A new school building was completed in 1935. That year Mr. Dwight W. McCormick became the school's new principal. Mr. McCormick came to Bramwell School as a Social Studies teacher in 1935, becoming principal later that same year. He took over with a practically new two-building institution, and largely because of his fine custodianship, those buildings remain in excellent condition today. Mr. McCormick remained principal for 33 years his retiring in 1968. Under his excellent leadership the school provided thousands of students with a superior education. His teaching staff included such well known and respected educators as Miss Ada B. Whitmore, Mr. Herbert Miller, Mr. David Richardson, Miss Maude Smith and many others.

These excellent educators provided outstanding teaching and guidance in subjects from english, math and music. In 1949 the "Bramwell Millionaire" Marching and Concert Band was formed under the direction of Mr. David Richardson. This addition to the school enriched hundreds of students and parents lives. Bramwell High has also excelled in sports; winning the Class A State Basketball Championship in 1967,1971, and 1988. By 1953 the enrollment of the school had grown to 926 students. This growth called for construction of a new gym and cafeteria, thus making room for extensive renovations to the entire school that began in 1962. Bramwell's last class of seniors graduated in May 1991. After another 13 years accomdating only grade school students the school was permanently closed in June 2004. This closing ending the 108 year operations of the Bramwell Grade and High Schools.

To anyone who ever attended Bramwell School, taught there or had children who attended during the first century, know the value of the education and guidance received at this outstanding institution. The indomitable spirit and pride, inherited from the Bramwell School educational environment, has enhanced the lives of thousands of Bramwell High School graduates.

*Captain Isaiah A. Welch was a surveyor for Pocohantas Mines and died in Bramwell about. 1902. Isaiah is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery. He was the brother of Ms. Jemima Welch. The town of Welch in McDowell Co., WV was named after him.

My mother would occasionally recall the day the Bramwell School burned. The date of Dec. 13, 1933 was indelibly etched in her mind. John Thomas Burke, author of “Washtubs and Chinquapins,” recalled the day vividly in his book. Burke was raised in Freeman, WV, now a part of Bramwell. John's book vividly describes the his childhood growning up in the southern WV coal fields of Freeman/Simmons, WV.

Bramwell High School Closed - June 2004

Those of us who attended Bramwell High School often reflect on the great education that we received from this wonderful educational institution. The school was rated as one of the top high schools in WV during the 1950s. Many lives have been so enriched because of the exceptional education provided by the school's outstanding faculty. We mourn the loss of such a historic educational institution and share the sadness of all those who attended Bramwell during the 108 years that it remained open. However, our memories of this great educational institution are cherished and everlasting. It was truly a sad day when the school's doors closed in June 2004 for the last time.

EARLY BRAMWELL SCHOOLS HISTORY

BHS CLOSING NEWS

BRAMWELL HIGH SCHOOL ENROLLMENT TABLE

IN MEMORIAM

* Bramwell High School Outstanding Faculty Members *

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Mr. Dwight W. McCormick (1904 - 1977) School Principal (1935 - 1968)

Miss Ada B. Whitmore (1891 - 1976) English Teacher (30 Years @ BHS)

Those who had the privlage of attending Bramwell High School hold dearly the everlasting memories they received from this outstanding school. Did you know that Bramwell was the first school in southern WV to have a public address system?...Bramwell High School was the first school in southern WV to sponsor a senior trip to Washington?...There are trees on the school grounds from 16 states?

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YR. 1909 BRAMWELL HIGH SCHOOL & GRADE SCHOOL

BRAMWELL HIGH SCHOOLCLASS INDEX

" Saying Goodbye "

( Written by : Nicole Perry - Bramwell, WV - A Yr 2000 Graduate of Beaver High School)

A BHS ALUMNI CHERISHED MEMORYI..

REMEMBERING A BRAMWELL SCHOOL TEACHER FROM THE 1940s

THE INITIAL BRAMWELL SCHOOL - 1900

A BRAMWELL HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY INDEX FILE

A BRAMWELL HIGH SCHOOL LEGEND

A TRIBUTE TO VIRGINIA PERRY DAVIS

OUT OF THE ATTIC - BHS HISTORY

BRAMWELL HIGH SCHOOL CLASS '49 - 50TH REUNION

BRAMWELL HIGH SCHOOL PHOTO ALBUM

BRAMWELL HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS '46 - 50TH REUNION

"OUT OF THE BHS ATTIC": 1938 - 1941 MEMORIES

1953 - BRAMWELL HIGH SCHOOL BAND


Inside BHS - 1999 :

A (THIRD FLOOR) VIEW INSIDE BHS IN JUNE - 1999

ANOTHER (FIRST FLOOR) VIEW INSIDE BRAMWELL HIGH SCHOOL -1999

BRAMWELL SCHOOL LIBRARY - 1999


MORE BHS 1953 FACULTY

BHS CLASS 1953 WEB SITE

BHS PRINCIPAL (D.W. McCORMICK) MEMORIES

BRAMWELL SCHOOL - 1999

BHS SPORTS MEMORIES

BHS HOMECOMING - 1948 MEMORIES

MEMORIES - 1951 BRAMWELL HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY

BHS MYSTERY PICTURE

BHS STUDENTS MYSTERY PICTURE - FOR WEEK 18 APRIL 99

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MASTER INDEX BHS CLASS INDEX PIONEERS

TOWN INDEX

HISTORIC BRAMWELL LINKS

BRAMWELL HISTORY

BRAMWELL YEARLY EVENTS

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