In 1926, a school was raised in a black community near the town of Wake Forest in Wake County. The school was one of 813 Rosenwald Schools built in North Carolina and was named for its first principal, W. M. McElrath. Goebel describes the construction of the school and the classroom activities after it opened. The school integrated in 1970, and it closed in 1989, when a new school was built nearby. In 1998, an association spearheaded by former students purchased the building, with the intent of restoring it.