The first school in Spartansburg town limits was built on land donated by the Akins on the east side of Oil Creek (East Branch)
In 1862, a modern new school was built on the corner of Water and Wood Streets. The wood construction building was 2 stories tall with 3 rooms on each floor. The Principal was Eli Catlin with Lizzie Akin and Eila Rorabeck as teachers. Six men served as the Board of Directors: Dr. AP Waid, TG Tyler, G Hilliker, WW White, CW Binney and WN Reno.
Other schools served the students in the Spartansburg area prior to this building, but this school reached out to townships surrounding the town, with some becoming residential students living with Spartansburg citizens.
This school continued to be used until 1922 when a new brick school was built at the same location.