About Kannapolis City Schools

  • Before there was a town of Kannapolis, there were little one-room schools where all grades met together. Charles McIver School was opened in 1908 with a principal, Clell Caldwell, and three elementary teachers, Misses Ollie Cook, Maggie Efird, and Dora Moser. There was no central heating, central air, or even plumbing in the school. The school enrolled about 200 students in 1909. James Cannon donated land and loaned the school board $2,500 for construction of the school. Ten years later the high school curriculum was added with the first high school class, consisting of 5 girls, graduating in 1921. In the fall of 1917, the second school was built on land donated by J.W. Cannon. It was a two-story, eight room school with seven teachers and one principal. The school was located in the north end of town and was referred to as the “North School”. McIver School then became known as the “South School”. In later years, it was named Woodrow Wilson. A few years later a third school was built in the southeast section of town and was named Centerview School. In 1924, the J.W. Cannon High School was built east of town.

    The Kannapolis City School System was created by the North Carolina Legislature on March 28, 1935. J. W. Bullock became superintendent and remained in that position until his retirement in 1971. Dr. Grier Bradshaw served from 1971-1989. Ralph Johnson served from 1989-1992, and Dr. Edward B. Tyson served from 1992 until June, 2001. On July 1, 2001, Dr. Jo Anne A. Byerly became the fifth superintendent of Kannapolis City Schools and the first woman to hold the superintendent's position. Dr. Pamela Cain became the sixth superintendent in July, 2010 and served until October, 2015. In January, 2016 Dr. Daron "Chip" Buckwell was named the seventh superintendent. 

    Kannapolis City Schools is proud to offer two magnet programs, Dual Language Immersion and Global Studies and Fred L. Wilson Elementary School and A+ Arts Magnet at G. W. Carver Elementary.  Additionally, our individual elementary schools focus on STEM, Classrooms of Tomorrow, and Wellness and Learning.