Kernodle Middle School, located at 3600 Drawbridge Parkway, opened on August 21st, 2000. It is located between Carolyn S. Allen Community Park and Well Spring Retirement Community. The school was named for John R. Kernodle, Jr., a native of Burlington, NC and an exemplary citizen in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina. He was a lawyer and theologian who served many civic positions, including serving as Chairman of the Eastern Music Festival and Chairperson of the Guilford County Board of Education.* This personable man was known for his commitment to social justice and for having a "wide smile and welcoming personality." He died in 1995 when he was only 50 years old as a result of being hit by a car in Atlanta.
Kernodle Middle School is well-loved by its stakeholders and were Mr. Kernodle alive today, he would be proud of the hard work on the part of students, teachers, and staff at his namesake school. In 1973, Ethel Stephens Arnett published a book, For Whom Our Public Schools Were Named, Greensboro, North Carolina. After 44 years and many new schools, we say it is high time for a new volume. To be sure, Mr. Kernodle would merit an entry.
*reference and more information about Mr. Kernodle, here.