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Property Name Wayne County High School
Reference Number 13000567
State Kentucky
County Wayne
Town Monticello
Street Address 80 A.J. Lloyd Circle
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/30/2013
Areas of Significance Education
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The Wayne County High School building (WN-M-37) meets National Register Criterion A, significant for its role in local education. Its historic significance is evaluated within the context Education in Wayne County, Kentucky, 1909-1965. The school is impmiant for reshaping the delivery of public education in the county. It is the place where the school board had a building constructed in 1941, which would consolidate the county's high school education. Previously, education had occurred in 4 separate high schools scattered throughout the county. The consolidated high school benefitted students by providing a facility, teachers, and courses which the smaller localized schools could not. The property is important for pointing to wider social changes, as well. The county's social and political affairs became destabilized for a time, beginning in 1912, when a large area of the eastern part of the county was ceded to the creation of McCreary County. Between 1912-1939, Monticello's status as county seat seemed insecure. The decision to build a single high school for the whole county, in Monticello, helped solidify the town's county seat status. Also at this time, Wayne County was transitioning from an insular rural society into one aware of possibilities beyond its borders-for travel and job opportunities. The educational advantages given by a consolidated high school provided students with an ability to conceive of life away from Wayne County, and an education upon which to begin that journey. The school, then, has served as an important agent in the ways that Wayne County has changed during the latter half of the 20th century.


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