North Carolina Education - Pamlico County

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Pamlico County

On February 6, 1893, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an Act to repeal an earlier Act that prohibited the sale of spirituous liquors in many locations, including the Pamlico Male and Female Institute in Pamlico County. This Act no longer prohibits the sale of liquors within two (3) miles of said school.
In the Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the scholastic years of 1899 and 1900, it was reported that there were six (6) private schools in Pamlico County:

Private School



No. of Students

Grantsboro Academy


B.B. Lane


Reelsboro Academy


Miss Barrington


Oriental High School


Miss Lovie Rich


Maribel High School


Miss Mary Swan


Vandemere Male & Female Institute


Miss Stewart


Pamlico Male & Female Institute


W. Underhill


Pamlico County, among the most rural counties in the state, sought to institute a program to provide a quality education at the beginning of the twentieth century. One way in which Pamlico’s superintendent and Board of Education sought to institute reform was to make transportation for students faster and easier with the state’s first motorized school bus. Prior to the advent of widespread use of automobiles, horse-drawn wagons were used to transport students to school. The state first became involved in transportation issues in 1911 when it legislated that student transportation could come at public expense.

In the wake of legislative authority, Pamlico County School Superintendent T.B. Attmore worked to increase local school tax rates. Attmore used the additional funds to purchase the first public school bus used in the state for $1,379 from the Corbitt Company of Henderson, North Carolina. This first school bus could seat thirty passengers and was used to transport students in the Oriental Consolidated School district. Consolidation of rural schools was seen by many leading statewide educators as the best solution for providing quality education for students. The introduction of a motorized bus to deliver students from outlying areas to the schoolhouse was considered an organizational triumph.

To publicize his innovation, Attmore drove the bus to Raleigh and provided the governor and other politicians with a ride around the city. The first local bus driver in the county was Zeb E. Brinson of Arapahoe and the first stop was at the First Methodist Church where several students boarded the bus. Marshalling in a new era of student transportation, the success of Pamlico’s first school bus was quickly followed by purchases of similar trucks for other eastern rural counties.

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