Decades before there was the brick school on the corner of East Cherokee and Union Hill roads, there was an Avery Elementary about two miles away to serve the small Avery community.
This photo, shared by Annette Haley Mickel (in the striped shirt in the middle), shows the entire school population around 1950. All nine grades went to school in the building, which only had two classrooms; later a third was added, she said. And to give you an idea of the workload of school employees then: Trammel Carmichael — in the middle of the very back row — was the school’s principal, taught the upper grades and also coached basketball.
Also notice the school bell on the right, which looks like it has been put to much use!