Education at Kimberley Park Elementary School first began when an architect by the name of Charles Rufus Faw designed Classical Revival- style building as part of a 1920s campaign to improve the educational facilities city-wide. This new building had up to date amenities, which was great for the neighborhood youth. Previously, many had attended an overcrowded school by the name of Oak Street School. John W. Paisley, Oak Street’s Principal since 1913, headed Kimberley Park after the 1925 building was completed. He was the principal until 1940. An addition was done that almost doubled the original structure’s size in 1929. This addition resulted in a space that had 29 classrooms, a library, auditorium, cafeteria, kitchen, and office spaces. Enrollment had reached 1,177 students during the 1937-1938 school year. This continued until a fire in September 1965. After the fire, a general contractor by the name of C.J. Kern began erecting the replacement building which still houses elementary students today.
During the building of the structure, energy saving initiatives, aesthetic shifts, and new teaching strategies had transformed the exterior and interior of the organization. An architecture firm in Winston-Salem, Stinson-Hines and Associates helped with the design and prepared plans for two campuses that were almost identical by adapting a plan originally used for Bolton Elementary School. The 1966 buildings feature open classrooms with folding partition walls that allowed for co-teaching. This has been changed to now have permanent walls.
The building also contains a rectangular administration block and three octagonal classroom wings. There is a combination gymnasium and auditorium that features a stage. The granite retaining wall at the North Cherry Street sidewalk remains from the original 1925 campus.
The history of leadership of Kimberley Park Elementary:
1925-1940 – John W. Paisley
1941-1946 – Albert H. Anderson, Jr.
19?? – 1965 – Ruth Lewis
1968 – 1983 – Andrew L. Yarborough III
1983 – 1984 – Annie Hairston
1984 – 1992 –
1992 – 1996 – Norris Baker
1996 -2002 – Rev. Richard Watts
2002-2008 – Dr. Sheila Gorham
2008-2019 – Dr. Amber Baker
2020 – present – Diamond L. Cotton
Mission StatementKimberley Park aspires to develop the whole child as an independent thinker who demonstrates responsibility for his/her learning. To fulfill our mission, we will:
Promote communication and understanding between home and school.
- Provide a nurturing atmosphere where each child is given the hope for success.
- Provide a climate that enhances multicultural understanding and fosters culturally sensitive behavior.
- Challenge each student to utilize his/her own unique talents to achieve and succeed.
Encourage students to become problem solvers, set individual priorities and make appropriate choices to become responsible citizens.
Vision StatementKimberley Park embraces all children and strives to ignite a passion throughout our community for life long learning.
Kimberley Park Elementary School Transformation Purpose
Kimberley Park Elementary School staff and community partners will equip our scholars with the academic skills and habits of character to maximize their potential in elementary school, so that their strength of early literacy and math skills will help them have a strong foundation to continue their education in middle school, high school, and beyond. Through our staff’s collective commitment to building these skills and habits, we will cultivate a learning environment of excellence for all students. We will work to provide a learning environment that supports the social and emotional needs of our students and also cultivates a sense of PRIDE for our school building. We will work to meet the needs of students by building relationships that foster trust, provide rigorous learning experiences that will yield high levels of achievement for all students.