The Wilson Graded School opened on the first Monday in September 1881 with Julius L.
The curriculum in the Graded School differed from that which had been taught in the county's field schools not so much in content as in its pedagogy.
But perhaps the greatest difference between the older schooling and the new Graded School lay in their respective disciplinary regimes.
Moreover, free time available during the working day at the Wilson Graded School disappeared, in part because the school day lengthened from about three to six hours and in part because students were expected to complete their work entirely within the confines of the school.
The Wilson Graded School opened for a second year in September with many changes and improvements and with about 300 pupils in attendance.
and his friends were not mistaken, but in the meantime they meant to mount a spirited opposition to the developers in Wilson, and especially to block any effort to impose a tax for a graded school.