Speight Middle School first opened its doors in the fall of 1951 at 6640 Speight School Road. At that time, however, Speight School stood as the only school on this side of Wilson County where young black children could receive a high school education. Before Speight opened, black students were only provided with a 7th-grade education. Recognizing the need for further educational opportunities, concerned citizens began meeting to organize their efforts to provide a high school education for their children. It took ten years, a lawsuit, and a donation of land, but Speight School was finally opened. The school started out with a faculty of 24 teachers, a librarian, and a principal. By the end of its third year, it was the largest high school in the county, with 40 teachers and approximately 1100 students. At its peak, Speight School served over 1400 students a year. In 1970, Speight became a middle school when the integration of the county system was completed. Speight Middle School was reopened in a beautiful new facility on Old Stantonsburg Road in July of 2001. Although we were all excited about the new facility, the faculty and staff of Speight are dedicated to maintaining its positive reputation, high standards of excellence, and high quality of education for our students. Through the efforts of our staff, students, parents, and community supporters, we know that Speight Middle School will continue to be a symbol of educational excellence and opportunity in the Wilson County area.
At Speight Middle School
- We believe each child can grow and improve socially and academically;
- We believe that the support of our teachers, parents and the community will bring a high level of success to our students;
- We believe that our students can maintain high standards of performance and can contribute to a safe environment by displaying mutual respect for each other; and
- We believe that our school will continue to be more successful and will be a constant source of pride for our community.
To equip all students to become empowered, lifelong achievers dedicated to serving the global community.
At Speight, students are prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to be self-sufficient learners through data-driven instruction and social-emotional support from educators, families, and the community.
"Cougars on the P.R.O.W.L!"
Cougars will be:
Working Hard and
Learning to Lead
Our ColorsRed, White, and Blue