New Bern Graded School

Porter and Godwin, contractors; Herbert W. Simpson, architect


New Bern, Craven County
Street Address:

Hancock St., New Bern, NC


No longer standing




On June 13, 1904, the Goldsboro Daily Argus reported that Porter was returning to Goldsboro from New Bern where he had a “graded school” project underway. The New Berne Weekly Journal of June 9, 1905, carried a history of the New Bern Graded School for whites, which stated that in 1904 the foundations were laid for an additional building at the school site, which already had two earlier buildings (see Samuel Sloan). The existing buildings had become too crowded. The “modern” building with four rooms, an office, and hallways, cost $10,000 and had its main entrance toward Hancock Street. The New Bern Daily Journal of June 14, 1903, carried a call for bids from contractors and noted that plans and specifications could be obtained from architect Herbert Woodley Simpson. The new building was newly completed in December, 1904 (New Bern Daily Journal, December 3, 1904) and blackboards, window shades newly installed; pictures “taken from the masterpieces of great artists will soon adorn the rooms.”