Sylvan School was founded in 1866. The first school building constructed on the present site was a two story brick and clay facility built by laborers in the community in 1912. Sylvan School started out as a ten grade school and gradually became a twelve year high school. In 1960, Alamance County consolidated into high schools and Sylvan became an elementary school. Over the years a gymnasium and cafeteria were built and by 1968 a new facility had been built to house grades K-5. Grades 6-8 remained in the original two story structure until early 1974 when it was destroyed by fire. In the fall of 1974 the county consolidated into middle schools leaving Sylvan as an elementary school serving pupils in grades K-5.Painting by artist Walter Creech.