Wilburn Elementary was named after Mrs. Vena Wilburn. Mrs. Wilburn was born in Person County, NC in 1897. She attended Elon College and NC State University. In the 1920s, Mrs. Wilburn was principal and teacher at Wilder's Grove School until it merged with Millbrook School. She taught fifth grade at Millbrook and then at Vena Wilburn when it opened in the early 1960s.