W.D Williams was originally called Swannanoa Elementary School.
Swannanoa Elementary was housed for many years across the street from W.
D. Williams present location. During that time it was a K-8 school, due
to overcrowding the county built a new high school. This allowed for
the 6-8 grades in the Owen district to use the old high school as the
new Owen Middle School. Shortly after 6-8 grades had made their move a
new Swannanoa Elementary was built. In 1980 Swannanoa Elementary moved
buildings to what is today W.D. Williams.
Swannanoa Elementary School name changed after a beloved principal
retired in March of 1990. Bill Williams taught at Swannanoa for 8 years
and then was principal for 17 years. After his retirement the community
and teachers felt that the school should carry his name. He was a
wonderful administrator who had a great deal of respect for the staff
that worked under him. He stood behind his teachers and was a great
communicator. As a symbol of appreciation and to honor him for his
dedication and years of service the PTO petitioned the School Board for a