Highlawn Elementary School
Highlawn Elementary School on Kanawha Terrace had an early beginning. A nearby wooden school building called Warth School was located across the street (Walnut Street) and it opened in 1870 on land donated by Judge J. A. Warth. Grades 1 8 attended Warth School if they were fortunate enough. Another ¼ acre was donated in 1918 by C. J. Pearson while he was developing the nearby High Lawn subdivision. Mr. Pearson helped to develop much of St. Albans and was founder and first president of the First National Bank of St. Albans at age 32. In 1920 the brick school building was constructed which consisted of three floors and six rooms. Highlawn Elementary closed in 2002 and was demolished one year later and a sports center was built on the land.
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