Laurel was named after an evergreen shrub with smooth, stiff leaves and bearing purple blossoms in early spring. The Laurel is found abundantly near Laurel Elementary School. In the summer of 1918, Laurel School began its first classes. The teacher was Ms. Delphia Anne Shockley.
The first Laurel School was destroyed by fire in 1939. The structure was replaced by a two-room building which served the community until the 1950's, when it was sold after the new building was completed.
In 1959-1960 Laurel had an enrollment of 357 students with 10 teachers. The students came from Mt. Zion, Nebo, Corinth, Oak Grove, McGee, Shiloh, Dewey, Mt. Tabor, Shorts Creek, Round Knob, and Laurel Schools. Three years later, the eight grade was transferred to Hillsville High School and Woodlawn High School, depending on which part of the community they lived. Seventh grade pupils were moved to Hillsville and Woodlawn Intermediate schools in the fall of 1969. In the fall of 1993, Carroll County Schools were consolidated which dramatically changed the enrollment of Laurel Elementary School. Sixth graders were transferred to Woodlawn School while Laurel received students which were formerly served by Sylvatus, Hillsville, Woodlawn and Gladeville elementary schools:
Our present enrollment at Laurel Elementary School is 240 students. Our staff consists of 13 classroom teachers (PreK-5th) plus physical education, learning disabilities, speech, art, music, clinical reading, technology, and Title I teachers.
Also important to our students balanced education and well being are our librarian, full-time nurse, part time guidance counselor, 2 Title I Aids, cafeteria staff, custodians, and bus drivers.
Our most recent improvements, which were completed in 2001, have created a new look and added much to our school. We now have 17 classrooms, a library, a technology lab, art room, gym and music room which doubles as a performance area. Outside we have some beautiful stone work, improved parking, and separate loops for buses and car riders.
Mrs. Angela Beamer became our principal in January 2012.