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175th anniversary of public schools in NC

On January 20, 1840, the first state-funded public school opened its doors in the Williamsburg Community located in southeastern Rockingham County.


As part of the Every Child’s Chance, Every Community’s Future campaign, the N.C. Association of School Administrators hosted student contests to honor the 175th anniversary of our state’s first public school.

Grades K-2 poster contest

Grades 3-5 poster contest

Click here to see all contest winners, including for the grades 6-8 essay contest and grades 9-12 video contest.


Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.