On Monday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will dedicate a 39-classroom building that the inaugural class has named Croft Community School.
The school, at 4911 Hucks Road, is at least the third school to carry the Croft community's name.
The $15 million brick building, for kindergarten through fifth grades, is a strikingly different place from the first Croft school, which opened in 1890, a few miles from where the new school stands.
The old school, a white, two-story, two-room building off N.C. 115 in northeast Charlotte, is now a historic landmark. It offers a glimpse at the community's history as a rural farming community and railroad stop.
Not far from the original schoolhouse is the building that replaced it. When the original school's population swelled to about 40 students in the early 1900s, a new school opened.
Soon, that building was overcrowded. Silas Davis, co-owner of the S.W. & C.S. Davis Co. General Store, paid for a two-room addition when the Mecklenburg County school board refused to do so.
The expanded building, now a VFW hall, became the largest schoolhouse in the county, and the board of commissioners reimbursed Davis.
The new Croft school has 642 students this year.
The school is designed to relieve overcrowding at David Cox and Mallard Creek elementary schools.