Ruddles Mills School

Educational / Kentucky

The Ruddles Mill School is a former school in Ruddles Mill, Kentucky. It was dedicated on October 1, 1923, and closed in 1989.


The Ruddles Mill School built to serve Ruddles Mill and was dedicated on October 1, 1923. The school originally housed grades one through nine because of a lack of high school students and graduated only 14 high school classes with 148 students between 1927 and 1940.

A teacherage that was initially built burned and was subsequently rebuilt in 1937. The auditorium was converted into a study hall, band room, and as classroom space for the agriculture department in the same year, 2 and a gymnasium was added in 1939. 3 4

Ruddles Mill was reduced to eight grades in 1940, with students in the ninth through twelfth grades sent to Millersburg, and grades seven and eight were sent to the new Bourbon County Junior High School in Paris in 1969. 1 The sixth-grade class was sent to Bourbon County Middle School in 1988. With only five grades remaining at Ruddles Mill, the school was closed on May 27, 1989. 1 5

We have come today to close the door.
The buses will return no more.
This class is the last.
An era is past.

We’ll never all be here again,
but wherever you are, you have a friend.
This school is full of ghosts and memories,
cherished forever by you and me.

We’ll join in singing one last song.
It is time for us to go on.
Did the children do their best?
They go now to meet the test.

Did we always give them more?
Too late to wonder:
Close the door.

The Closing of Ruddles Mill School
By Nina Welch


Sources

  1. Williams, Helen Hedges. History and Memories of Ruddles Mill School and Community.
  2. Watkins, Billy. Interview. History and Memories of Ruddles Mill School and Community. By Helen Hedges Williams.
  3. Fryman, L. T. Interview. History and Memories of Ruddles Mill School and Community. By Helen Hedges Williams.
  4. Guy, Julia Hicks. Interview. History and Memories of Ruddles Mill School and Community. By Helen Hedges Williams.
  5. Welch, Nina. Interview. History and Memories of Ruddles Mill School and Community. By Helen Hedges Williams.