History of Samarcand

1914 The Marienfeld Open-Air School for boys opened by Headmaster Charles Henderson.
1917 The North Carolina Legislature purchased 230 acres from Henderson for the State Home and Industrial School for Girls and Women, a correctional institution that opened in 1918 as one of the first such institutions in the south.
1931 16 inmates set fire to two dorms. At that time, arson was a capital offense in North Carolina, but through plea negotiations, the inmates received prison sentences instead of the death penalty.
1974 The name was changed to Samarkand Manor and became a training school for delinquent children (male and female) between the ages of 10 and 17. Operated initially by the N.C. Dept. of Human Resources, eventually by the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention with later empahasis on treatment and therapy.
2011 General Assembly budget cuts closed Samarkand Youth Development Center and the property remained vacant.
2012 Legislation submitted to convert the property to a DPS training facility.
2013 The N.C. General Assembly approved $10.4 million for capital improvements.
2014 Construction of Phase I began in the fall.
  • Ribbon cutting and opening of facility for training (July).
  • Graduation of first training class (DAC/JJ Basic Correctional Officer Class 42-CY2015) (August).
  • N.C. Legislature provides $2.89 million for firearms range construction (September).
  • Opening of first overnight dormitory, with 21 beds, and Academy dining hall (Mitchell Building) (March).
  • NC Connect Bond package provides $8.5 million for Phase II renovations (March).
  • Opening of Frye and Nordan Dormitories with 73 beds (November).
  • Opening of an Instructor Dormitory with 10 beds (May).
  • Opening of Firearms Training Center (June).
  • Phase I construction completed.
  • Graduation of first law enforcement basic class (NC ALE Advanced Academy) (June).