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In 1888, S. J. Fenton and family moved to Louisiana from the state of New York. In the spring of 1893, Mr. Fenton built a home at the present site of Fenton, Louisiana. The same year, he donated 240 acres to be surveyed for a town along the Watkins Railroad (later the Missouri Pacific Railroad). Very quickly a store, depot, post office and school (on the East Side of town) were built. Mr. I. J. Mills donated the lumber for the school building on the condition that his daughter, Jennie, would teach at the school. In the early years, teachers were paid a princely price of forty dollars a month to teach the first six grades. Until 1909, church services and Sunday school were held in the Fenton School House.

In 1915, a new four-room, brick school building was erected at a site on the West Side of town. Fenton School then had three teachers.

In 1937, a new high school was added onto the 1915 structure. While construction was going on, some classes were held in the Community Hall while other classes met in Reed's Dance Hall. Within the next two years, a Home Economics Cottage and a gymnasium were erected on the campus.

In 1951, a newly constructed Fenton High School replaced the old Fenton School on the same site. The school remained a combined elementary/high school until the beginning of school year 1994-95 when the high school was closed due to declining enrollment. At that time, high school students were bussed to nearby Lacassine High School and Fenton High School was renamed Fenton Elementary School.
Today, Fenton Elementary School is a PreK - 8 school located in the village of Fenton in the northwest corner of Jefferson Davis Parish. Fenton Elementary is proud of it's colorful past and looks forward with eager anticipation to a bright future.