Martinsville elementary and high school had the unique experience of having a woman superintendent, Mrs. Asta Feurt.  In 1917 the original frame building burned, but not before the energetic woman superintendent had succeeded in securing for Martinsville the first Vocational and Home Economics courses in the country.  The community was justly proud and the frame buildings were buzzing with activity.  The spirit was contagious and set afoot a move to secure more vocational schools in the country.

The first brick building, probably built in early 1920, burned March 1926.  The present building was completed Feb. 12, 1930.

the settlers, children of hardy pioneers, have a pride in their school that is not exceeded by any larger school.

Mr. Clark Gilbert is the present superintendent.   Ronnie Baker teaches industrial arts, and his wife, Charlotte Baker, teaches physical education.  There are 14 teachers, including the superintendent, Kathryn Nichols is secretary.  The enrollment includes 76 in high school and 31 in the grade school.
source: Harrison County Bicentennial
transcribed by: Melody Beery

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