The school originally catered for Grades 1-11 with a Grade 12 added in the mid-1950s.
In 1928, an annex was built behind the 1919 building to accommodate primary school students. In 1954, a high school building was built next door, leaving the 1919 building and the annex to the primary school.
Primary school was from 1st to 7th, and secondary, from 8th to 11th, and later, from 8th to 12th.
According to Hugh Rowland, Class of 1969, many high school students during these years often saw elementary students in the cafeteria used for all classes, at sports receptions, the fall festival, and other events.
Elementary students, including Rowland, often worked in the cafeteria, and a good number of high school students drove buses.
Rowland said some high school students help elementary teachers with play activities, such as organizing softball.
“In a very real sense, the Rustburg school at the time was like a small village,” he said.
Brittany Jenkins, a 2017 graduate, said school was important to her because her father and uncles attended when it was Rustburg High School in the 1980s.
Jenkins and all of his cousins who attended college followed in their footsteps.