Iaeger High School, located in Iaeger, West Virginia, was demolished in beginning in June 2010.1 The high school, which opened in 1918, was home to the Iaeger Cubs. On May 28, 2010, the last graduating class – 88 graduates, walked across the stage at the Bob N. Jack Auditorium to accept their diplomas. High school students from Iaeger attend the new River View High School that opened in August at Bradshaw.
In 2000, McDowell County proposed a school closure and consolidation plan, which included the closing of Big Creek High School and Iaeger High School, and the construction of a new high school at Bradshaw.2 The plan was flat out rejected by many, including those in War where Big Creek was located at. A prolonged fight over consolidation ensued, and angry crowds mobbed meetings of the county school board. But in a controversal 3-2 vote, the county Board of Education voted to reject millions of dollars in state and federal flood-proofing funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which were earmarked for the construction of four new schools out of the flood plain. Public opinion began to change due to the rejection of $40 million in funding, and the consolidation was only back on the table after former Governor Bob Wise and the state Legislature became involved. Finally, in the summer of 2008, construction began on the new River View High.