A 12-classroom elementary-only brick replacement for burned-down Ashburn High
was constructed in 1945. Major kitchen renovations were completed in 1959 and a
library, audio-visual room and gym were added in 1972. The school, pictured in
the photo at the top of this page, continued to serve as Ashburn Elementary
through 1992, when the new Ashburn Elementary opened in Ashburn Village.
The old school is now known as the Ashburn Annex (Staff Training Center). It
is located on Partlow Rd in Oldtown Ashburn, near Cedar Lane Elementary. High
school students were bussed to Leesburg High School until many years later, when
Broad Run High opened.
Other Early Ashburn-area Schools
In 1849, when the community was still known as Farmwell, Dr. and Mrs. George
Lee deeded 4 1/4 acres for a Methodist Church and school at the "five forks".
Five Forks was where Waxpool Rd, Shellhorn Rd, Frying Pan Rd, Ox Rd (Ashburn Rd),
and Ryan Rd intersected. The deed is the oldest on record of a public school in
By 1853, a combined church and "schoolhouse for the education of all the children
of white parents residing within three miles of said schoolhouse without regard
to the religious persuasion of said children or of their parents" had been built
on the site.
Another schoolhouse, named Mt. Hope after its affiliated church, was built in
1877 in the village of Waxpool. It operated as a school until 1933 and thereafter
as a dance hall until it burned down in the 1950s. In addition, John Shyrock
built a two-room school in the village of Ryan in 1892 that operated until 1934.