When the city of Galax was planned, approximately 10 acres were set aside for school purposes. Within two years enough money was raised through box suppers, home-talent shows, and private subscriptions to build a combined elementary and high school building. It was a wooden structure with four classrooms on the first floor and an auditorium on the second. The building was heated by wood-burning stoves.
The original wooden structure was replaced by a new brick building in 1908. It consisted of eight classrooms, a music room, and an office. This facility was used until 1936 when it was destroyed by fire.
The following year a new school opened. Additions to this building were constructed in 1943 and 1969. A new and separate high school building was begun in 1953. Improvements continued at intervals with the present modern school plant reaching completion in 2000. Today's facility consists of four buildings which house the high school, the high school vocational complex, the middle school, and the elementary school.
The first public school offered a two-year high school program and had six graduates in 1909. In 1912, it became a four year high school with five graduates.
Galax City Public Schools is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 3
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