UMO to Have Open House at Former Mount Olive High School

UMO to Have Open House at Former Mount Olive High School

MOUNT OLIVE –Many memories were made and friendship forged from 1925 to 1965 at 207 Wooten Street, the former home to Mount Olive High School.  The property set vacant for years with rumblings that it might be torn down.  Luckily, that was not the case.  Thanks to the generosity of many, the property is now owned by the University of Mount Olive and is known as the J. William and Marvis E. “Marcy” Byrd Building.  The Building houses the Hazel Waters Kornegay Assembly Hall, the Department of Music and student apartments.

On Sunday, April 26, at 2 PM, the University of Mount Olive will acknowledge the donors who made the building renovations possible.  Following a brief ceremony, the public is invited to a floating Open House and tours of the facility from 2:30 to 4:00 PM.

“We are so pleased that we have been able to preserve the history of this wonderful facility; and, at the same time, make those practical changes that have expanded our student housing options, enhanced our facilities for our Department of Music, and provided such a wonderful venue for so many of our cultural events,” said UMO President Philip P. Kerstetter.  “We hope the public will come out on April 26th to see what the excitement is all about.  I know that for those former Mount Olive High School students, it will be a great opportunity to walk down memory lane.”

Constructed in 1925, the 207 Wooten Street property is one of only four structures within the city limits of Mount Olive to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  The 39,310 feet structure sits on 2.0 acres of land.  Included are ten, one bedroom apartments ranging from 631 to 747 square feet and four, two bedroom apartments ranging from 822 to 929 square feet.  The auditorium features 26 foot ceilings, a wrap-around balcony and a 28 foot stage.

For more information about the Open House event, contact Vice President for Institutional Advancement Jimmy Williams at 919-658-7678.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit

From the 1965 yearbook of the former Mount Olive High School, which operated from 1925 to 1965

The current J. William and Marvis E. “Marcy” Byrd Building

The sign in front of the building