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Abandoned Schools in West Virginia

This is a gallery of abandoned schools in West Virginia.

Dry Fork School

Dry Fork School is a former school in West Virginia that was constructed c. 1940. It was demolished in 2022.

Lenore Junior High School

Lenore Junior High School is a former school in Lenore, West Virginia. Lenore, along with Kermit’s high school, were merged to form Tug Valley High School in 1987.

Prosperity School

Prosperity School is a two-room schoolhouse in Mercer County, West Virginia. In 1932, it was determined to keep the school in operation as an eight grade facility with one teacher because of poor roadway conditions. 2

In October 1961, officials of the Prosperity School, where 41 students were enrolled, requested from the county Board of Education for indoor toilets, central heating, and an electric water pump. 1 The Board agreed to furnish the heating and water systems but did not have funds available for the construction of an indoor restroom.

Wayne School

The Wayne School in Wayne, West Virginia, has since been renovated into apartments.




  1. “Mercer Board Bans Selling By Students.” Post-Herald and Register [Beckley], 15 Oct. 1961, p. 18.
  2. An Administrative Survey of Public Schools of Mercer County, West Virginia. West Virginia State Dept. of Education, 1932, p. 41.

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