new brick Mountain Graded School, grades 1 - 12, was built at the
top of the mountain, next to the wooden one room schoolhouse, in 1897.
That building burned in 1905, possibly due to an overheated wood
furnace. The morning after the fire, school children could not see that
the building was destroyed until they had climbed the hill, and
disappointing to many, they were immediately herded into the town
hall where classes continued as usual. The school was soon
rebuilt in the same location. Additions were built on both sides of
this building a few years later and it continued to be used for both
elementery and high school until 1948.