182 School Street

West Milford, WV 26451


A Brief History of West Milford Schools

The first school in West Milford was a one-room building used in the days before the Civil War.    This was a subscription school, which meant that parents had to pay the teacher for each subject they wanted their child to learn.  After the Civil War, public education laws were passed and schools were paid for with tax money and became available for all children to attend.

With these changes came the need for a new school.  In 1867, a two-room schoolhouse was built where our playground is now.  There was one teacher for the older students, who also acted as the principal, and one for the younger students.

A four-room schoolhouse was constructed in 1910 and was name West Milford Public School.  In 1915 the principal decided to change the name to Unidis and began to add many new classrooms. Unidis served all students from first to twelfth grade until South Harrison High School was opened in 1965.  The school was then changed to West Milford Elementary.  Sometime in the summer of 1972, the school mysteriously caught fire in the middle of the night and burned to the ground.  Luckily, a new school was already being constructed just across the parking lot on the site of the former Unidis football field.

In the fall of 1972, the current West Milford Elementary School opened it’s doors for the first time.  There were 14 classrooms and around 300 students.  The library had no walls, students had gym in the cafeteria, and the principal was named Mr. Hess.  The school colors were blue and white and Hawkeyes became the nickname.  Today there are 26 classrooms with nearly 500 students, three computer labs, gym is held in the gym, the library has walls and the principal is Mrs. Kinney.  Our colors are now orange and black, but our nickname is still Hawkeyes.

Josh Toothman


West Milford Daily Schedule

7:00        Doors open and first bus arrives

7:10-7:40  Breakfast is served

                   ("Grab-N-Go" Breakfast begins at 7:40)

7:30        Teachers report

7:20        Students dismissed to bus room

7:40        Students dismissed to homeroom

7:50        Tardy bell rings

10:30      Lunch-Preschool

11:00      First and Second Grade Lunch

11:30      Third and Fourth Grade Lunch

12:00       Fifth and Kindergarten Lunch

2:30         Instructional Day ends

2:30         First bell - Walkers

2:40         Second Bell - Bus

2:50         Late bus students dismissed to the cafeteria

3:00           Teachers are dismissed

Intermediate Mini Mud Run

On Friday, October 14th, those students who met grade level requirements for attendence and conduct were rewarded with their first 9 weeks reward.  The mini mud run had students crawling, running, jumping and climbing.  Each student was able to show his or her strength on this course.  We are so proud of our students for not only what they have achieved on the course but for their ATTENDENCE and their CONDUCT grades this 9 weeks.  We would like to thank Mrs. Bland and her husband for organizing this reward for our students.

Mick Souter’s Touring Musical Theater

Mick Souter has been touring schools statewide for about 28 years with his multicultural educational shows.  Souter is known statewide as West Virginia’s “Bard (traveling storyteller, musician) of Education.” He combines songs and stories to educate and entertain students on a variety of topics from railroads to the people, history and heritage of West Virginia.

Mick Souter visted West Milford Elementary School on October 13, and shared the musical history of Stephen Foster.