Beverly Hills Junior High School


When it was built in 1953, Beverly Hills Junior High was the largest single addition
to the county school system since Huntington East was built in 1939.


HUNTINGTON  In 1951, the Cabell County Board of Education revealed plans for
Beverly Hills Junior High School, a new, modern school to be built on a
25-acre site near the intersection of Washington Boulevard
and Saltwell Road at U.S. 60.

The architectural firm of Frampton & Bowers designed the new junior high,
 described as the largest single addition to the county school
system since Huntington East High was built in 1939.

The school board set aside $450,000 to build the new school, but when
 construction bids on the project were opened in 1953 the low
 bids for the work totaled more than $700,000.

To bring down the costs, the school's auditorium and gymnasium were temporarily
eliminated with a plan to add them at a future date, which was done. In 1963,
a six-classroom addition was built at the school and another identical
six-room addition was added in 1969. School Superintendent
 Olin C. Nutter noted that the additions brought the total cost
of the school to more than $1 million.

Like the county's other junior highs, Beverly Hills ultimately was designated a
"middle school." It was closed it 2013 when students from it and
Enslow Middle Schools were consolidated at the
new Huntington East Middle School.

However, Beverly Hills was given a new lease on life when it was extensively
 remodeled to house the county's new Explorer Academy, a dramatically
 different kind of school that opened in 2016. The new school
was the first in West Virginia to implement
 Expeditionary Learning education model.


Note:  This Article and picture appeared in the Herald-Dispatch Newspaper on May 28, 2018.


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