Category Archives: North Carolina

Research notes about closed North Carolina high schools

John R. Hawkins High School – Warrenton, North Carolina

John R. Hawkins High School, Warrenton, NC, commemorative sign.jpg

John R. Hawkins High School

Reunion Apparel for John R. Hawkins High School

W. Franklin St.
Warrenton, NC

Mascot: Bulldog
Colors: Blue & White

John R. Hawkins High School was opened in 1924 for grades eight thru eleven. The first graduating class was in 1929 and the last graduating class was in 1969. When the school closed, all of the students moved to John Graham High School.

A 1935 report on educational opportunities for African-Americans in North Carolina contained the following note for Warren County:
“Two schools offer secondary work — the County Training School and the JR Hawkins High School at Warrenton. Each school serves, roughly, half of the county.”

Brief notes extracted from meeting minutes of the Warren County Board of Education:
– The gymnasium burned in 2003.
– The Warrenton Fire Department volunteered to burn down the rest of the school in 2005, but when they found asbestos in the glue under some floor tiles, that plan was scrapped.
– Bids were received for the demolition of the Hawkins High School building in January, 2006.
– At the same meeting, conditional approval was granted to donate bricks from the building to Hawkins Alumni and Friends, Inc.

In September, 2009, a commemorative sign was erected at the site of the former school. Here is a news article written about the unveiling.
And here is the Google Street View of the site taken sometime before the sign was erected. The site is now the home of the Warren County Senior Center and Warren New Tech High School.


Here is a link to the John R. Hawkins High School alumni group on Facebook.

Hawkins High School has an active alumni association, the John R. Hawkins Alumni and Friends Inc.

The Hawkins High School Class of 1960 has a very nice website.

This link points to a page containing a newspaper article about Principal J. Estes Byers leaving Hawkins to take over West Cary High School.

Here’s our blog post about John Graham High School.

If you can add any information about John R. Hawkins High School, PLEASE leave a comment below. Thanks.

Littleton High School — Littleton, North Carolina

Littleton High School, Littleton, NC
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Littleton High School, Littleton, NC

Reunion Apparel for Littleton High School
Littleton High School

411 Mosby Avenue
Littleton, North Carolina
“The Little Town with the Big Heart”

Year opened: ????
Year closed: 1975

nickname: Blue Jays
colors: Navy & White
Partial History of Schools in Littleton, NC

In 1849, Rev. Dr. William Hooper and his son-in-law, Prof. J. DeBerniere Hooper, opened a short-lived Family School for boys near Littleton.

In 1882, Littleton High School and Business Institute was opened. It lasted for quite a few years. In 1892, it had 5 instructors, 3 male and 2 female teaching 120 male students.

The Central Institute for Young Ladies in Littleton was incorporated in Warren Co. in 1883. In 1884 it had 6 teachers and 125 students.

Branson’s North Carolina Agricultural Almanac for 1890 lists Littleton High School (for boys) under Halifax Co. Schools. (The population of Littleton is listed as 350.)

Littleton High School was listed in the 1893 edition of the American College and Public School Directory.

The 1898 NC Biennial School Report lists Littleton Supplemental School, a one-room school in Halifax Co., but doesn’t list Littleton High School.

In 1907, an act was introduced in the NC Senate to authorize establishing a graded school in Littleton.

The 1909 Dept. of Agriculture list of agricultural schools lists the Central Academy in Littleton. (Is this the Central Institute for Young Ladies chartered in 1883?)

In 1922, Littleton High School in Warren Co. was listed as a “Group 2, Class A” school in the NC “accredited schools” report.


There are about 200 Littleton High School alumni on

Here are some Littleton High School 2008 Reunion photos from

Alumni Input
[This info was submitted by Taylor Hawkins, whose mother attended Littleton High School. Thanks, Taylor!]

The Littleton High School colors were Navy Blue & White and the mascot was the Blue Jay.

The school song was “Littleton Forever”:
Littleton forever,
Thy name we love;
Pride of our fathers
In this land of ours.
Come and join the chorus,
Proudly we’ll sing
Praises for Littleton,
Now let them begin to ring!…rah, rah, rah!

At one time the county line ran down the middle of the campus. The school building was in Warren County and the gym was in Halifax County. The historic Person’s Ordinary (on NC Historic Register) is on the campus grounds. George Washington spent the night in Person’s Ordinary.

The school building and auditorium are now home to the Lakeland Cultural Arts Center and the Mark E. Taylor Theater (community theater).

Please Help

If you have any photos, yearbook scans, corrections, memories, or additional info about Littleton High School, please leave a comment below. Your input will make this a much more useful and interesting page.

Warrenton High School — Warrenton, North Carolina

Warrenton High School, Warrenton, NC
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Warrenton High School, Warrenton, NC

Reunion Apparel for Warrenton High School
Warrenton High School

N. Main St. at Ridgeway St.
Warrenton, NC
Warren County

nickname: Yellow Jackets
colors: Blue & Gold

Warrenton High School could trace its roots back to 1786, when Warrenton Academy was founded. The school operated continuously from that time, making WHS not only one of the oldest schools in North Carolina, but one of the oldest in the United States. As was common at that time, Warrenton Academy was probably operated in a house, church or one-room schoolhouse. In 1800, the school trustees raised funds to build a larger structure. (I couldn’t find a record of where this new building was located, but it is likely it was near Plummer Street.)

At some point between 1800 and 1818, the name was changed to Warrenton Male Academy, possibly to distinguish it from the Warrenton Female Academy. The girl’s academy was opened in 1808 by Jacob Mordecai, a former teacher at Warrenton Academy. The few records I could find indicate Warrenton Male Academy flourished all through the 1800’s. The Female Academy seems to have been extremely successful through the 1820’s, but a shortage of qualified teachers and increased competition from other academies seem to point to its demise in the 1830’s.

In 1885, the Fitts-Mordecai-Plummer house at 210 Plummer Street housed the first school named Warrenton High School. It was an African-American school devoted to training teachers and ministers. The name was changed to Shiloh Institute within a very few years.

Meanwhile, Professor John Graham had been operating a successful boy’s school in Ridgeway. In 1897 his school was destroyed by a fire. He then took over the Warrenton Male Academy, moving most of his old students to Warrenton. He renamed the academy Warrenton High School, but it was most frequently referred to as John Graham High School. He purchased the Somerville home to serve as a dormitory and dining hall.

Sometime around 1905, Prof. Graham opened Warrenton High School to girls and purchased the Fitts-Mordecai-Plummer house to serve as the girl’s dormitory. (The Shiloh Institute, who owned the house, moved its school to Norlina.) On the 1915-1916 list of schools recognized by the Commission on Accredited Schools of the Southern States, Warrenton High School is listed under “Private Schools”, with Prof. John Graham as the principal. A similar report in 1920 still listed Prof. Graham as the principal.

In the fall of 1969, the John R. Hawkins High School was closed and all Hawkins students were transferred to Graham High School. (See our blog post about John R. Hawkins High School.)

Oddly enough, I could find very few references to Warrenton High School (or John Graham High School) after 1920. The Warrenton High School building at the corner of Main & Ridgeway was designed by noted architect Christopher Sayre in 1922. The last graduating class at Warrenton High School was in 1981. I’m just assuming that in the fall of 1981, all students moved into the new Warren County High School. I didn’t find any information about what happened to the school building after 1981.


I’m sure Warrenton had a long and successful athletics program. Hopefully an alumni will share some memories with us.

The North Carolina High School Athletics Association keeps records for some sports back a hundred years, others just ten or fifteen years. According to their statistics, Warrenton High School made it into the State Finals three times. They lost all three games, but there are many NC high schools who wish they could say they were three-time State Runners-up.

Reunion Apparel for John Graham High School

1961 – Lost to Windsor in the Class A State Finals, 15-14
1962 – Lost to Warsaw James Kenan in the Class A State Finals, 38-23

1962 – Lost to Colfax in the Class A State Finals, 53-47

Alumni (plus one)

A Few Notable Graduates…
– Dr. Frank Porter Graham graduated around 1904. He became a US Senator and president of UNC.
– NC Rep. Philip Franklin Hanes graduated in 1907.
– US Sen. Herbert C. Bonner graduated in 1909.
Robert B. House, the first Chancellor of UNC, graduated around 1910.

Good things must have been in the air in 1912 at Warrenton High School.
– NC State Senator Archibald Cree Gay graduated from Warrenton High School in 1912.
– NC State Representative Robert H. Rouse graduated from Warrenton High School in 1912.
– Franklin Wills Hancock, Jr., graduated from Warrenton High School 1912. He became a NC State Senator, State Representative, US Representative and US Senator.

Simon Terrell graduated around 1942. In 2006, he was inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame. Here’s part of his induction biography:
Terrell, born in Warrenton in 1924, was a three-sport star at John Graham High school. After a 3-year stint in the Merchant Marine, he was hired as an emergency teacher/coach at Warrenton. He guided the football team to the only undefeated season in school history; coached the girls and boys basketball teams to county championships and won the league title in baseball.
You can read the rest of Simon’s bio here.

Do you remember Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice? In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s he was a pretty good football player at UNC and for the Washington Redskins. He’s in the College Football Hall of Fame. There’s a statue of him outside the Charlie Justice wing of the UNC athletic center. Anyway, he received his high school diploma from Warrenton High School even though he never attended a day of classes there. Charlie left Lee Edwards High School early to enlist during World War II. He finished his high school coursework in the Navy. When he was finishing up his All-American stint at UNC, it was discovered he didn’t have a high school diploma. Warrenton recognized free publicity when it saw it, so in 1950, Charlie walked down the aisle of Warrenton High School and received a high school diploma with the other graduates.

There were 43 graduates in the Class of 1940.
There were 199 graduates in the Class of 1976. All their names are listed in this 1976 Commencement Program from John Graham High School.


The Sept. 3, 1951 issue of Life Magazine featured a pictorial on Warrenton’s Hospitality Weekend, a 3-day party for high school and college students on summer break.

Here’s a website about reunions, cruises and doings of the Class of ’76.

There are over 300 Graham High School alumni on

Warrenton, NC has its own Facebook group.


Warrenton High School Class of 1911
Warrenton High School 1931 Women’s Basketball team
Warrenton, NC Courthouse & Confederate Monument
Recent photos of the Warrenton High School building


I believe all the above is accurate, but some of it was assumptions on my part based on logic and darts. For example, the class of ’76 website is decorated with images of a stinging bug and they had gold(ish) and black table settings in their 30th reunion photos. And one guy had on a yellow shirt with black trim. Therefore WHS/JGHS became the Yellow and Black Yellowjackets according to me. (But some alert alumni have since corrected me. The colors were Blue & Gold. Was I right about Yellowjackets?)

If you have any corrections, memories, or additional info about WHS/JGHS, please leave a comment below.


Not being from the area, I knew nothing about Warrenton/John Graham when I researched the original post. Based on comments & emails I’ve received, it’s clear that everyone agrees the name of the school was John Graham High School. However, the original name was Warrenton High School. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association always refers to it as Warrenton High School in its record books. But, they do occasionally call it John Graham in Hall of Fame narratives and other correspondence. So, I have a theory; I’m hoping someone will do some research to confirm this.

My Theory of the Day: At some point, the name of the school was officially changed in honor of its founder, John Graham. Since there was already another Graham High School (in Graham, North Carolina), the NCHSAA continued to call it WHS to prevent confusion. Everywhere else I’ve seen it referred to as Warrenton High School (news articles, etc.), simply means “the high school in Warrenton.”

And all that probably means nothing to anybody but me. It just drives me crazy that I can’t figure out how one school can have two names. Then again, I’m still baffled about how a June bug can be fluorescent green in the South and brown in the North.

Rankin High School — Greensboro, North Carolina

Rankin Elementary School, Greensboro, NC
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Rankin Elementary School, Greensboro, NC

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Rankin High School

1511 Spry Street
Greensboro, NC
Guilford County

nickname: Rockets
colors: Garnet & Gold
Opened in 1924, Rankin School was built on land donated by J. “Al” Rankin. It housed grades 1-12 until the late 1950’s. The last graduating class from Rankin High School was in 1962. The site is now the home of Rankin Elementary School. Only the gym remains from the original Rankin High School.

In the 1950’s, Rankin played 6-player women’s basketball. 1960 Rankin alumni Ann Johnson still holds the NC State Records for most points in a season by a Freshman and by a Sophomore and is second on the list for her Junior year. She is second among the all-time career scoring leaders. She holds two of the top five records for single season scoring. In 1959, in two games against Ledford, she scored 72 points and 76 points. That same year, she scored 82 points against Nathaniel Green. To prove it wasn’t a fluke, she scored 82 again against Sumner.

Country singer Billy “Crash” Craddock got his nickname while playing on the football team at Rankin High School.

Herbert G. Waters (1895-1982) was the principal of Rankin for 36 years.

There are over 100 Rankin alumni on

We would like to know more about Rankin High School.
When and how did it change from grades 1-12 to a high school?
Why was it closed in 1962?
What happened to the existing student body when it closed?
Who are some of its prominent alumni?
What happened to the building?

Please leave a comment below with any additional information you know about Rankin High School. Your fellow alumni will appreciate it.

Hallsboro High School — Hallsboro, North Carolina

Hallsboro Middle School, Hallsboro, NC

Hallsboro and Columbus County
From the 1948 Columbus County directory
Hallsboro is one of the smaller wide-awake towns in the county. Site of a plywood plant, veneer mill and three lumber manufacturing plants, it boasts the largest industrial payroll in Columbus. Not an incorporated town. Near Lake Waccamaw, in prosperous farming area, with fine groves of pecans. Home of the oldest business establishment in the county. Served by the Columbus Telephone Company and the Western Union Telegraph Company. Situated on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company and U. S. Highway 74. Population about 500. Modern theatre recently completed.

The same book reports that the white Hallsboro school had 627 students and 22 teachers, while the black Hallsboro school had 119 students and 4 teachers.

Columbus County Schools cafeteria prices

Lunch (K-8) $.75
Lunch (9-12) .90
Breakfast (full price) .50
Breakfast (reduced price) .30
Milk .20


Hallsboro High School

89 School Road
Hallsboro, North Carolina 28442

mascot: Tigers
colors: Blue & Gold

I don’t know when Hallsboro High School opened. The oldest graduating class I could find referenced was in an obituary of a lady who graduated in 1926 (one of six graduates from Hallsboro School).

T. Elbert Clemmons was born in Dec., 1905 and was in the first graduating class at Hallsboro High School. That would have him graduating between 1922 and 1924. (In 1963, Mr. Clemmons funded a library at HHS.)

The last graduating class from Hallsboro High School was in 1992. That Fall, Hallsboro High School merged with Acme-Delco High School to form East Columbus High School. The facilities now house Hallsboro Middle School (grades 6-8). They maintained the Blue & Gold Tigers.

Tidbits from the Wilmington News-Reporter index
– Six classrooms were added at Hallsboro High in 1950.
– In 1972, a fire destroyed the gymnasium. A new gym was completed in Dec, 1975.
– There were 123 graduates in the Class of 1976.

Extracts from the Columbus County Board of Commissioners meeting minutes
– In a 1935 meeting, the commissioners filed a federal loan application for “Hallsboro School, located in Bogue Township, Columbus County, North Carolina, on present site and adjacent to present school building. This building to be of brick and frame construction containing three classrooms, library, two sanitary toilet rooms and septic tank, steam heat, electric lights, furniture and equipment. Total complete cost – $12,000.00”.
– In a 1945 meeting, the commissioners approved selling bonds to build a new gym at Hallsboro, a new gym at Evergreen and “a new high school building or annex at the Old Dock-Nakina School”.

Hallsboro, NC photos on

Downtown Hallsboro, NC
Downtown Hallsboro

Looks like my kind of place.
In Pierce’s window they’re selling hammocks and “Fresh Home Made Sausage”.


There’s a bunch of old Columbus County photos in the Columbus County Schools archives

Reunion Apparel for Hallsboro High School


There have been five Hallsboro High School athletes who have won of the Jiggs Powers Memorial Award as Columbus County’s Most Outstanding Athlete:
1960 – Norwood Long
1961 – Willis Council
1975 – Ronald Hobbs
1981 – Kay Baldwin-Pfeiffer
1993 – Toni Thurman

(Most of the following info came from the NC High School Athletics Association website. Some sports don’t carry stats back to Hallsboro’s beginnings.)

Men’s Basketball
– Hallsboro made two appearances in the Eastern Regional Basketball Tournament.
– In 1975, they were the Class AA State Runner-up (lost to Elm City, 95-68).

– Between 1972 and 1992, Hallsboro made the state tournament 4 times, with their last appearance coming in 1983.
– In 1975 and 1976, the Hallsboro High football team won back-to-back East Waccamaw Conference championships.

Women’s Basketball
– In 1987, Hallsboro made it to the Eastern Regional Basketball Tournament.

Hallsboro basketball player, Toni Thurman, once scored 47 points in a 1989 win over Acme-Delco. A News-Reporter headline on Feb 23, 1989 said “Hallsboro High School’s Toni Thurman Can Break County Record For Most Points”. Does anybody know if she broke the record?
Toni played college ball at East Carolina University. She is still in fourth place in their record books for field goal accuracy, hitting 52.4% of her shots during her 4-year career.

Women’s Softball
– Hallsboro earned a berth to the Class A playoffs in 1987, 1988 and 1992.

Women’s Volleyball
– Between 1975 and 1991, the women made it to the Class A playoffs 5 times.

– 1974 class AA baseball runner-up (lost to Sylva-Webster, 2 games to 1)
– 1975 class AA baseball champs coach Linwood Hedgepeth (defeated Sylva-Webster, 2 games to none)
– 1978 class AA baseball champs coach Linwood Hedgepeth (defeated East Davidson, 2 games to none)
– 1987 class A baseball champs coach Charles Sanderson (record 27-1) (defeated Hayesville, 2 games to none)
– 1988 class A baseball runner-up (lost to Hayesville, 2 games to 1)

Between 1980 & 1992, Hallsboro made it to the State Tournament 6 times. They played 22 tournament games, winning 16 of them. Their last appearance in the tournament was 1992.

Ron Williamson holds the state record for most consecutive innings pitched without allowing an earned run. In 1970, he pitched 91 straight scoreless innings.

Former Tiger baseball player, Brett Harwood, is now the head baseball coach at Whiteville High School (as of 2009-2010).

Linwood Hedgpeth was head baseball coach at Hallsboro High School from 1969 through 1979 (where he won 2 State Championships), and at Whiteville High School from 1980 through 1990 (where he won 3 State Championships). In 1989, Hedgpeth won an American Legion State Championship with a team composed of former Hallsboro players LaGrande Russell and Ricky Young, as well as several starters from Whiteville’s 1989 State Championship team.

During Hallsboro’s 27-1 1987 season, 2 pitchers had perfect records. LeGrande Russell was 13-0 and James Jones was 14-0.

LeGrande Russell, who played for Hallsboro from 1986-1988, was an all-around standout athlete.
As a batter:
– During his high school career, LeGrande collected 121 hits, 2nd most in NC state history at the time.
– In 1987, he was the MVP of the State Championship Series.
– In 1987-88, he set a new NC state record by hitting safely in 35 consecutive games.
– In 1988, he compiled a .514 batting average, 5th highest all-time in the state at the time.
As a pitcher:
– In 1988, he finished the season with an ERA of 0.35, and stands 12th in the all-time NC ERA standings.

Hallsboro Baseball Players Drafted by the Pros
Year, Team, Player
1968, Pittsburgh Pirates, Larry Barefoot
1970, Cincinnati Reds, Ronald Williamson
1992, Milwaukee Brewers, Anthony Pridgen
1993, Jacksonville (Seattle Mariners), LeGrande Russell

Miscellaneous Notes

In the UNC Oral History archives, there’s an entertaining 2002 interview with Frank Gault, 79-year old resident of Lake Waccamaw and graduate of “Bogue University”.

Complete sets of Kin’lin, Hallsboro High School’s local history publication, are available at the Whiteville and Lake Waccamaw libraries.

Heres an excerpt from the journal, The American Midland Naturalist
“On 18 February 1977 we learned that a large number of dormant bats were awakened by electrical workers in Hallsboro Elementary School, Hallsboro, Columbus Co. At our request Linwood Hedgepeth, a biology teacher at Hallsboro High School, sent us several specimans (NCSM 2542-2544), all of which were Tadarida. In a later telephone conversation Mr. Hedgepeth said that by conservative estimates there were 400-500 bats in the attic of the school, presumably all Tadarida.”

There’s an active Hallsboro alumni group on Facebook.

There are over 1,000 Hallsboro alumni on

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Mr. Gates and the Marching Tiger band

A visit to the GATHER country store

A weekend at Lake Waccamaw / Hallsboro

A Little Bonus

I thought some alumni might enjoy this 1976 article. Enjoy it before the Star News finds out I stole it and makes me take it down.
(Wilmington, NC) STAR-NEWS June 5, 1976
Hallsboro High Has a Secret
By Jim Wilson
HALLSBORO – After three hours in a sweltering school gym, I am convinced of two things: air conditioning never is a waste of money and the future of America is in good hands

Last January it was my pleasure, as director of the Star News sponsored Golden Star Awards program, to honor Hallsboro High School students who had reached the Finals in the competition which begun with more than 5,000 eligible seniors throughout Coastalina.

Hallsboro, a small school by most standards, had 10 finalists That was more than any other school – large or small – had this year or at any time in the past.

Two of these finalists went on to become winners in their categories.

At the time, I expressed an interest in learning the secret of Hallsboro. So, on Senior Awards Night last week, I was invited to Hallsboro High to meet all of the seniors, the faculty, the staff members, parents and friends. And I went.

The evening was an unusual one. It was not graduation or anything formal – it was a night the students themselves had arranged and were presenting.

There were the usual awards and some very special awards.

In all there were 35 different categories of awards.

The sports trophies received considerable attention and applause.

I did not count after the first four or five, but there must have been at least a dozen standing ovations for students and teachers alike.

There were awards for farm projects and one young man received an award for home economics.

The Kin’Iin staff members took special honors, and well they should for their publication is something special itself.

Citizenship honors were bestowed. So were scholarships. And recognition for encouraging racial and ethnic harmony. Cheerleading trophies were presented and certificates for driving school buses and for perfect attendance.

It was a real gala. The theme was fun and recognition. There were a lot of laughs. A lot of hugs when awards were given and received. A lot of cheers and a lot of things to talk about.

After the ceremony, the youngsters and their guests repaired to the school library for a reception.

The punch was green, unspiked and delicious. So was the food, and the folks stood in line to get in.

All in all, it was like going home again, even though a Tar Heel writer gained a lot of fame saying you could not.

It was the Summer of ‘42 over again for me. I guess I had as good a time as any of the seniors.

When it came time for what was billed as a slide presentation of campus scenes, a lot of people moved to better seats. They should have known better. The slides were beautifully blank – filled in with wonderfully narrative and punchy lines delivered in a grand tongue-in-cheek manner.

Did I learn their secret?

Yes. I mentioned the subject to one teacher and she responded immediately that the secret, if there was one at all, was “That we love them.”

Yes, that is one ingredient. But not all of It. For the students love the teachers in turn, and they love each other as well.

If Hallsboro has a secret – and I think they do – it is that they have managed to encourage, to nourish, to foster a degree of self respect that is not found in many places in the year 1976.

If you respect yourself as an individual, it is the base for a lot of wonderful things. It means that you can see others as individuals, and respect them. Respect opens channels of communication and communication soon leads to understanding, knowledge, affection and love.

There are a lot of problems facing the Hallsboro High School and a lot of things going for it.

On the plus side, they are together for six years, thus building better friendships and school spirit.

Yet when we talk of racial or ethnic problems at schools, we usually refer to blacks and whites, but Hallsboro is tri-level, having blacks, whites and Indians.

What these people have done is a proud thing.

They have encouraged rural youth to be proud of their heritage. It’s not being country – it is being yourself and being proud of it. Reading Kin’lin shows that.

You would have a hard time finding a more rural school setting than Hallsboro, yet you also will find it equally difficult to find a better school climate.

I vote a Well Done Award to each graduating senior, to every faculty member, to all of the parents, and to the community which supports the school.

In fact, I had such a good time, I forgot about the non-airconditioning.

If you have additional information, corrections or memories about Hallsboro High School, please leave a comment below. Your fellow alumni will thank you for it.

West Edgecombe High School — Rocky Mount, North Carolina

West Edgecombe High School cafeteria circa 1950
(image from “North Carolina: Unforgettable Vintage Images of the Tar Heel State
West Edgecombe High School cafeteria circa 1950

West Edgecombe High School
Reunion Apparel for West Edgecombe High School

6301 Nobles Mill Pond Road
Rocky Mount, NC

West Edgecombe High School building today
   (click image for Google Street View)

mascot: Wildcats
colors: Blue & White

West Edgecombe School opened in 1923 as a high school. Prior to 1923, any students who wanted to continue past 8th grade had to enroll in another school in the area. From 1928 through 1978, the school housed all 12 grades. SouthWest Edgecombe High School was supposed to open in the Fall of 1978, but construction wasn’t completed in time. West and South students attended the first semester in their old schools (but operated as SouthWest Edgecombe High School), then moved into the new SouthWest building for the second semester.

Much of the information below was gleaned from two sources:
History of West Edgecombe Middle School on the Edgecombe County Schools website
– The book Edgecombe County: Along the Tar River By Monika S. Fleming

—- Significant Dates in West Edgecombe High School History —
1923 – A one-story West Edgecombe School was constructed to house high school grades
1928 – A two-story building was opened and elementary grades were consolidated into the school (Dixie, Pleasant Hill, Powell, Oakdale, Nobles Mill, Progress, Oak Grove, and Juvenile schools) making West Edgecombe the largest consolidated school in North Carolina.
1949 – A new gymnasium was added
1951 – A new primary building was added
1951 – Class A State Baseball Champions (defeated Madison, 8-5)
1953 – A new agriculture building was added
1962 – A new high school building was constructed
1969 – The gymnasium was remodeled and enlarged
1969 – G. W. Carver High School (Pinetops) was integrated into West Edgecombe High School (the last graduating class from Carver was 1971.)
1970 – Phillips High School (Battleboro) was integrated into West Edgecombe High School (the last graduating class from Phillips was 1972.)
1973 – State Basketball Champions (defeated Orrum, 50-46)
1976 – Advanced to the State Football Playoffs and won the first round before falling in the second round.
1978 – West Edgecombe High School and South Edgecombe High School were merged to create SouthWest Edgecombe High School.

Here’s where you Wildcat alumni can help. I have doubts about some of the info above. I’ve found reputable sources that state SouthWest opened in 1971, 1972, 1978 and 1979. That makes me wonder how accurate some of the other info is. For example, Carver High School was located in Pinetops, only a couple of miles from South Edgecombe High School. Why would they integrate with West? From the scant info I could find, I’m assuming the integration of Carver and Phillips into West in 1969 and 1970 was “freedom of school choice”, where the students could go to West if they wanted to, but it wasn’t required. But now I’m curious about what happened to the Carver and Phillips students when their schools closed in 1971 & 1972? None of the sources I found mentioned where they went. If you can straighten me out on all this, or make any corrections to the dates and info above, please leave a comment below.

West Edgecombe Baseball 1968
West Edgecombe Baseball 1968
There are some old West Edgecombe photos online in the Charles S. Killebrew Collection at Braswell Memorial Library. They are mostly photos of the 1968 baseball and basketball teams, but there are other photos, too. (tip: Just type edgecombe in the search box.) The photo collection seems to only be available for online viewing during library hours.

There’s a West Edgecombe alumni group on Facebook.

There are over 500 West Edgecombe alumni on

Bessemer High School — Greensboro, North Carolina

Reunion Apparel for Bessemer High School
Bessemer High School
E. Bessemer Ave.
Greensboro, NC

mascot: Whippets
colors: Maroon & Gray
Opened: 1911
Closed: 1963
A one-room log schoolhouse was opened in Bessemer, NC on Bessemer Ave. in 1900 with Walter Jones as its first principal. That original Bessemer School only housed the elementary grades. In 1911, a larger school was built on the same site and the number of grades were expanded to include all 12 grades. This was the beginning of Bessemer High School. It is likely that some of the dozens of one-room schoolhouses in Guilford County closed when Bessemer High School opened. Grades 1-3 were housed in one building, grades 4-8 in another, while grades 9-12 had their own building. At some point, grades 1-3 were moved into a new building on Huffine Mill Rd. and named Bessemer Primary School.

During the entire 52 year life of Bessemer High School, it only had three Principals. Professor W. E. Younts, a Guilford College graduate, was the first Principal and he served for 36 years until his retirement in 1947. William H. Cude was selected as the next Principal and he served until his death in 1962. (When Bessemer Primary School was opened, Mr. Cude’s wife was selected as its Principal.) Upon Mr. Cude’s death, Assistant Principal Robert L. Clendenin, a 1950 BHS grad, took over and served until the high school closed in 1963. (Here’s an excellent Interview with Bob Clendenin.) After the Bessemer High School students were merged with Page High School in 1963, Mr. Clendenin stayed on as Principal of Bessemer Junior High School, then later became the Principal at Page.

In 1957, the towns of Bessemer and Hamilton Lakes had successfully petitioned to be annexed into Greensboro. Even though Bessemer was then part of Greensboro, Bessemer schools continued to operate under the Guilford County school system. In 1963, the citizenry voted to move the school system from the Guilford County school system to Greensboro City Schools. This led to the merging of Bessemer High School into Page High School. (Greensboro City Schools then merged with Guilford County Schools in 1993.) Apparently, Bessemer continued as a Junior High until 1967 when it was merged into Aycock Junior High School. (If this is wrong, somebody please leave a comment below to correct me.)

Much of the above history came from Mr. Clendenin’s interview and this Bessemer School History.

At some point soon after the closing of Bessemer School, all of the buildings except the Gym were demolished and Erwin Elementary School (now Erwin Montessori) was built on the site. Here’s a Google Street View of what I believe may be the Bessemer High School gym. (Again, somebody please correct me if I’m wrong.)

The Bessemer High School sports teams were known as the Whippets. Whippets are sleek but muscular hunting dogs prized for their speed, power and agility.

Bessemer football players certainly lived up to the image. They were a powerhouse in 6-man football in the 1940’s, then continued the tradition after switching to an 11-player team in 1945. They were the North Carolina State Champions in 6-man football in 1941. In the 1950’s & 60’s, they made four trips to the State Finals game, but a second football State Championship eluded them. Still, being four time State Runners-Up is an accomplishment of which any school can be proud.
   1941 – 6-man State Champions   1953 – State Runner-up (lost to Massey Hill, 20-0)
   1954 – State Runner-up (lost to Edenton, 41-20)
   1958 – State Runner-up (lost to Williamston, 26-20)
   1962 – State Runner-Up (lost to Brevard, 19-13)

The Bessemer baseball team gave the school a going away present in 1963. The Whippets won the State Championship by defeating Chapel Hill, 5-2.

———————- Update added June 1, 2013 —————-
[The News-Times, Hendersonville, N.C., Saturday, June 1, 1963]
Hendersonville has been awarded the Western North Carolina 3-A high school baseball play-offs.
According to Hugh Lockaby, principal of Hendersonville High School, the Hendersonville Bearcats will meet Bessemer High School of Greensboro at Berkeley Park Wednesday afternoon for the Western North Carolina championship.
The winner of the Hendersonville-Bessemer game will meet the Eastern North Carolina winner in a two-out-of-three series for the State 3-A championship.
Bessemer defeated East Forsyth Thursday night 4 to 1 to earn the right to play Hendersonville which drew a first round bye.
The win Thursday night gave Bessemer a season record of 15 wins and one loss. The Greensboro team, being consolidated after this year, won a string of 32 consecutive games before losing to Madison-Mayodan this year.
During the stretch of the consecutive wins, Bessemer won three district championships and lost another in a play-off.
The pride and joy of the Bessemer team is pitcher Wayne Nunn whose three-year record reads 21-1. The 160-pound junior has a record of 10-1 this year. Standing 5′ 11″ tall, the right-hander is also one of the team’s leading hitters with a .450 plus average. He also leads the team in home runs with a total of five.
Other pitchers listed on the Bessemer squad are left-hander Wally Pegram and right-hander Buck Bain.
In addition to Nunn, other .450 plus hitters are catcher Elwood Baker and third baseman Roland Deaton.
East Forsyth went into Thursday’s night game with a record of 17-1.
Hendersonville fans may recall that Bessemer lost in the Western North Carolina football finals last fall to Brevard 19 to 13.
Bearcat Coach Jim Pardue scouted Bessemer in the Thursday night game played at East Forsyth.
“I have never seen a finer high school defensive baseball club than Bessemer,” Coach Pardue stated.
In discussing the Thursday night game, the Bearcat Coach said he thought Nunn pitched a fine game but he believed his boys can hit him.
“Bessemer is a team that just doesn’t make mistakes,” said the Bearcat coach as he continued to discuss the merits of his opposition.
The Bearcats will be without the service of one first string player. Greg Pittillo will not participate in the play-off game because of a summer job. Freshman Tommy Blankenship has been promoted from the freshman squad and will open in left field. Blankenship played one game with the varsity this season and acquitted himself well.
Harold Robertson, in a slump when the regular season ended, is now hitting the ball well. He is expected to give the Cats a big lift in the game Wednesday.
It took an all-day of dickering to get the game played in Hendersonville. Finally it was necessary for a coin to be flipped in the office of L. J. “Hap” Perry, NCHSAA executive secretary, to determine the site of the game.
A substantial guarantee is being paid to get the game here for local fans to witness. Tickets will be placed on sale at various uptown locations to be announced later,
Bessemer will arrive in Hendersonville Tuesday and work out at Berkeley Park. The team will be quartered on the Brevard College campus during its stay in this area.
The Bearcats finished in a three-way tie for second place in the Blue Ridge Conference with an over-all record of 9-and-5. Most observers agree the Bearcats were equally as good a team as any in the conference.
The Cats earned the right to advance when Brevard, conference winner, elected not to compete, and Enka and Waynesville, tied with the Cats for second, also chose not to play.
——————- [end of article] ——————-

——— Odds and Ends ———–

State Representative Joseph T. Carruthers, Jr. graduated from Bessemer High School in 1925.

Bessemer High School graduated 50 seniors in 1950, 62 in 1953.

Here’s a link to the Bessemer High School Alumni group on Facebook.

There’s a Bessemer Jr. High group on Facebook, but I saw some BHS folks on there, too.

There are over 200 Bessemer High School alumni on

Until it expires, you can read this interesting article about Bessemer: Humble Bessemer lives on in memories of school’s alumni.

If you grew up in Guilford County, you might find this post interesting: Old School: HS names from Guilford County’s past.

If you have memories of Bessemer High School, or you can add anything to this post, please leave a comment below.

Gibsonville High School — Gibsonville, North Carolina

Gibsonville, N. C.

Gibsonville High School was located in Gibsonville, NC. The town of Gibsonville was chartered in 1871 and is almost evenly split between Alamance and Guilford counties.

There are a bunch of Gibsonville photos on (all may not be Gibsonville, N. C.).

Here’s the website for the Town of Gibsonville.

Gibsonville High School

mascot: Yellow Jackets
colors: Gold & Black

— See the info in the Comments section that sheds light on the questions I had when I wrote this.

I wasn’t able to find a history of Gibsonville High School. I don’t know when it opened, but I found an obituary of a man who graduated from there in 1918. For most (all?) of its life, Gibsonville School housed all twelve grades. The only thing I could find about the school colors was somebody that described it as “that awful mustard yellow”. Since the other 9,999 schools with Yellow Jackets or Yellowjackets as their mascot have colors of Yellow & Black, I went with that for the colors.

Below is sort of a hodge-podge of information I found about Gibsonville High School. If you have more/better info, please leave us a comment. Better yet, I’m sure there’s an alumnus out there who could write a history of the school. Write it up and we’ll post it here!

A 1915 report of N.C schools shows Gibsonville with a white school-age population of 431 children, but only 275 were enrolled in school and the daily average attendance was only 216. The school had 6 white teachers and 2 black teachers (7 women, 1 man). The black children were apparently counted with the rural Guilford County schools. They showed a school-age population of 2,926 with 2,152 enrolled in school, but only 1,505 attended school on an average day.

A 1924 city map (large pdf) shows “Gibsonville Central School” on Church Street at Joyner and Gibsonville Colored School about 1000 feet northwest of the intersection of S. Railroad Ave. & Cayuga (off the map).

Around 1938, somebody took a movie camera and filmed people working, playing and attending school in Gibsonville. The 10-minute YouTube video shows the entire student body of Gibsonville School filing past for the camera. If you’re from Gibsonville, you should recognize places in the background.
Reunion Apparel for Gibsonville High School

A 1961 report states that Gibsonville School held 835 students in grades K-12 with 30 teachers.

The annual yearbook was called the YELL-O-JAK.
(May Memorial Library in Burlington has a collection of Gibsonville High School yearbooks.)


The last class graduated from Gibsonville High School in 1974. I couldn’t determine if the building continued to house elementary or middle school grades. Someone reported that the building was demolished in 2005 or 2006, but this is another place I got confused. This Google Street View of Gibsonville Elementary School looks very similar to the school in the 1938 movie. Am I confusing two different buildings?

There’s an active Gibsonville High School group on Facebook.

Everyone I saw on Facebook who had to change schools in 1974 graduated from Eastern Guilford High School. EGHS opened in 1974. Was it a replacement for Gibsonville? Did other schools consolidate with Gibsonville to form EGHS? (I saw a reference that said Guilford County, Greensboro and High Point schools were consolidated in 1992. How was that related to EGHS? Just curious.)

(This has nothing to do with Gibsonville High School, but Gibsonville alumni might find it interesting. Eastern Guilford High School was destroyed by fire in 2006. The students were split up by grades and attended classes in various locations for the remainder of 2006. From the Fall of 2006 through most of 2009, they attended school in a “pod village” which was a bunch of pre-fab buildings temporarily set up on the school grounds. Their new school building was finally ready in May of 2009 and students moved in when they returned from Spring Break. Here’s some photos taken during and after the fire.)

Gibsonville native Kay Yow (Class of ’60) was an all-state player at GHS, once scoring 52 points in a game. After college, she coached for 4 years at Allen Jay and one year at Gibsonville High School, posting a combined 92-27 record. Between 1975 and 2005, she coached over 1,000 games at NC State. She is enshrined in the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame, the Raleigh Hall of Fame, the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the national Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Kay died in January, 2009 after a long battle with breast cancer. Both of Kay’s parents had played basketball at Gibsonville. Both of her sisters were exceptional players for Gibsonville High School and went on to successful athletic careers. Debbie Yow was inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. Debbie coached at Kentucky and Florida before becoming the Athletic Director at the University of Maryland. Susan was a 2-time collegiate All-American, coached in the WNBA and has been a successful college head coach at several colleges.
Here’s the audio of an interview with Kay Yow.

Fred Wagoner (Class of ’40) was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2008.

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South Edgecombe High School — Pinetops, North Carolina

South Edgecombe High School, Pinetops, NC
(image from Edgecombe County, Volume II, Images of America)
End of a school day at South Edgecombe High School

South Edgecombe High School

Pinetops, NC

colors: Orange & Royal Blue
mascot: Flying Dragons

The South Edgecombe High School building on Pinetops-Crisp Rd. was built in 1926. In that year, the high school grades from ten Edgecombe County graded schools were consolidated into South Edgecombe. A gymnasium was added in 1934 and a major remodeling took place in the 1950’s. South Edgecombe graduated its last class in 1978 before merging with its rival school, West Edgecombe High School to form SouthWest Edgecombe High School, which opened during the 1978-1979 school year. Students attended the first semester at their old schools before moving to the new campus to begin the second semester, but operated as one school, SouthWest. The old South Edgecombe High School building was torn down and replaced by the new South Edgecombe Middle School. Reunion Apparel for South Edgecombe High School


South Edgecombe High School was the
1972 Class A State Basketball Champion,
defeating Broughton High School 54-51.

——————— Links ———————

You know your from Edgecombe County when…. (Facebook Group)

You might be from Ptops//Macc. or went to SWE/SE if… (Facebook Group)

Town of Pinetops website

Pinetops forum (discussions of current events)

There are over 500 South Edgecombe High School alumni on

South Edgecombe Basketball 1968
South Edgecombe Basketball 1968
There are some old South Edgecombe photos online in the Charles S. Killebrew Collection at Braswell Memorial Library. They are mostly photos of the 1968 baseball and basketball teams, but there are other photos, too. (tip: Just type edgecombe in the search box.) The photo collection seems to only be available for online viewing during library hours.

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(Thanks to Glenn Bass for providing much of this info about South Edgecombe High School.)

Gaston County, North Carolina Schools

Courthouse, Gaston County, NC
Gaston County Courthouse and Confederate Monument

Below are some of the closed high schools from Gaston County, North Carolina. Their histories are so intertwined, it seemed better to include them all in one page than to try to create separate pages for each. The dates were taken from old newspaper accounts, books and personal remembrances. If you find a wrong date or other inaccuracy, PLEASE, use the Comments area below to send us a correction.

We would also appreciate your stories, facts and memories of these schools or about growing up in Gaston County, NC.

Gaston Countians in the NCHSAA Hall of Fame
– Everette L. “Shu” Carlton – AD and football coach at Ashley and Ashbrook 1957-1972
– Chuck Clements – Gastonia High School football coach
– Clarence Moore – Highland High School football coach – won State Championships in three sports during his 40-year coaching career.

————- Links —————-

– Facebook page: Gaston County Tourism (Keep up to date with what’s going on in Gaston County)

– Facebook group: You Know You’re From North Carolina When…

– Facebook group: I Grew Up in Gastonia

City of Gastonia website (lots of old photos)

Gaston County Historic Preservation Commission

High school reunion announcements are frequently posted in the Gaston Gazette

There are many books about Gastonia, NC at


Ashley High School, Gastonia, NC
(click for Google Street View)
Ashley High School building today

Frank L. Ashley High School
800 South York Street
Gastonia, NC

mascot: Green Wave
colors: Kelly Green & White

Ashley High School alumni apparel

Ashley High School alumni on Facebook.

There are over 1,400 Ashley High School alumni on

Ashley High School Class of ’57 website.

Ashley High School Class of ’59 website.


Gastonia High School, Gaston County, NC
(click for enlarged photo)
Aerial view of newly built Gastonia High School

Gastonia High School
800 South York Street
Gastonia, NC

mascot: Green Wave
colors: Kelly Green & White

Gastonia High School alumni apparel

There are over 600 Gastonia High School alumni on

Gastonia High School photos at NCSU Digital Library.


Central School, Gastonia, NC
(click for Google Street View)
Central School building today

Central School
119 E. 2nd St.
Gastonia, NC

Central School photos at NCSU Digital Library.

Photo of the original Central School (that burned in 1913) in the book, Gastonia and Gaston County, North Carolina.


Holbrook High School, Lowell, NC
(click for Google Street View)
Holbrook High School building today

Holbrook High School
418 South Church Street
Lowell, NC

mascot: Lions
colors: Red & White (?)

Holbrook High School alumni apparel

Holbrook High School alumni on Facebook.

There are over 300 Holbrook High School alumni on

City of Lowell, NC website.

(Also see our other blog post about Holbrook High School.)


Highland High School, Gastonia, NC
(click for Google Street View)
Highland High School building today

Highland High School
1600 N Morris St
Gastonia, NC

mascot: Rams
colors: Royal & Gold (?)

The first PTA in Gaston County was formed at Highland High School.

Highland High School alumni apparel

Highland High School Alumni Assoc. on Facebook.

There are over 160 Highland High School alumni on

Highland Junior High School alumni on Facebook.

Highland Tech home page.


Gaston County Schools Timeline

1913 Central Graded School in Gastonia burned to the ground.
1915 The new Central School building was completed to replace the original one that burned. All twelve grades met in the same building.
1922 Construction began on Gastonia High School.
1924 Gastonia High School opened with an initial enrollment of 400 students.
1924 Central High School was closed and the students all transferred to the new Gastonia High School. Central became an elementary-only school.
1925 Gastonia High School defeated Sanford High School, 8-0, to win the North Carolina State Football Championship.
1926 Construction was completed on Gastonia High School. Designed by local architect Hugh White, Gastonia High School was built between 1922 & 1926 at a cost $500,000. It contained 29 classrooms, a swimming pool, pipe organ, 1600-seat auditorium, gymnasium and library and had a telephone in every classroom.
1929 Frank L. Ashley became principal of Gastonia High School.
1931 Highland High School lost to Raleigh Booker T. Washington High School, 6-0, in the State Football Championship game.
1934 Highland High School made it back to the State Football Championship game, this time losing to Henderson Institute, 32-13. Highland’s coach, Clarence Moore, is now in the NCHSAA Hall of Fame, having won State Championships in three sports during his 40-year coaching career.
1937 Lawrence “Crash” Davis led the 1937 Gastonia High School baseball team to the North Carolina State Championship. He went on to play in the majors for the Philadelphia Athletics, then finished his professional career in the minors. Among other teams, he played for the Durham Bulls and was the model for Kevin Costner’s role in the movie “Bull Durham”. Later, as Gastonia High School’s baseball coach, he led them to two more State Championships in 1953 & 1954. Read a tribute to his colorful life here:
1942 Gastonia High School made it back to the State Football tournament, but lost, 12-6, to Greensboro High School in the Finals.
1945 Highland High School lost to Raleigh Booker T. Washington High School, 6-0, in the State Football Championship game.
1946 Gastonia High School won its second State Baseball Championship, defeating Wilmington High School, 3-1.
1946 Highland High School made it to the State Football Championship game in back-to-back years, this time emerging victorious over Raleigh Booker T. Washington High School, 7-6.
1947 Gastonia High School and Wilmington High School met again in the State Baseball Championship game. Gastonia won, 8-7.
1948 Gastonia High School won its fourth State Baseball Championship, demolishing Charles L. Coon High School, 18-0.
1949 Gastonia High School defeated Wilmington High School again to win its fifth State Baseball Championship.
1949 On Nov. 4, 1949, Gastonia High School faced Ashville High School in the very first football game played at Ashville’s brand new Memorial Stadium.
1949 Highland High School made its final appearance in a State Football Championship game, losing a heart-breaker to Raleigh Booker T. Washington High School, 2-0.
1949 The Highland High School Ramettes won the Girl’s Basketball State Championship. After high school, one of the Highland players, Gladys Thompson, married and had a son. Her son, James Worthy, became a legend at UNC and an NBA Hall of Famer. (There’s some good stuff about the Ramettes and the closing of Highland High School in the book “Learning to Win: Sports, Education, and Social Change in Twentieth-Century North Carolina” by Pamela Grundy. Portions of the book can be viewed on Google Books or it can be purchased at
1950 Gastonia High School won its sixth State Baseball Championship, defeating Wilson High School, 12-0.
1951 Gastonia High School continued its mastery of Wilmington High School by winning its seventh State Baseball Championship, 6-5.
1951 Highland High School won the NCHSAC Class AA State Baseball Championship. The star of the team was pitcher Milton Pharr. Pharr once won 20 consecutive games, currently 5th most in NC athletics history. He was also the Class of ’52 Valedictorian. (Milton Pharr’s 11/4/2009 obituary) Also on that team was Robert “Al” Montgomery. Al lettered in baseball, basketball & football at Highland and is in the NC Central University Athletic Hall of Fame. As head football coach at Second Ward High School, his team won the NC State Championship in 1964. (Al Montgomery’s 7/21/2008 obituary)
1953 Gastonia High School won its seventh consecutive State Baseball Championship by defeating Wilson High School, 9-7.
1954 Gastonia High School completed an amazing eight-year streak by defeating Wilmington High School to win its ninth State Baseball Championship.
1955 Gastonia High School made it to the Finals of the State Boy’s Basketball tournament, falling to Asheville High School, 61-52.
1955 The last graduating class from Gastonia High School.
1955 Gastonia High School was renamed Frank L. Ashley High School.
1955 Highland High School became the only Gaston County school to obtain membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
1958 The NCHSAA record book shows Gastonia High School as the 1958 State Baseball Champions (defeated Wilmington 5-4).
1967 Ashley Hgh School won the Class 4A State Basketball Championship by defeating Wilmington New Hanover, 51-44.
1968 Ashley High School was the runner-up in the Class 4A State Football Championship (falling to Wilson Fike High School, 21-7).
1968 Holbrook High School defeated Camp Lejuene High School to win the Class AA State Baseball Championship. Holbrook was led by Wilbur Howard, who went on to play Major League Baseball from 1973-1978, mostly with the Houston Astros.
1968 The last graduating class from Highland High School. The school became Highland Junior High School.
1968 Highland High School consolidated into Ashley High School.
1968 Gastonia City Schools, Bessemer City Schools and Cherryville City Schools consolidated, becoming Gaston County Schools.
1969 Holbrook High School fell to Hendersonville High School, 30-13, in the Finals of the Class AA State Football Championship.
1970 The last graduating class from Holbrook High School.
1970 The last graduating class from Frank L. Ashley High School. In the fall, the building became Ashley Junior High School.
1970 Holbrook High School consolidated with Ashley High School forming Ashbrook High School, located on South New Hope Road.
1983 The Gastonia High School building was registered with the National Register of Historic Places.
1987 Ashley Junior High School closed.
1990 The Ashley High School building was converted into Ashley Arms luxury apartments.
1994 The former gym of Ashley High School became the “Gem of Ashley” in 1994, with plans to add shops, dining and entertainment. It has since been renamed “The Loft at 245 West“.
1997 Gastonia Central Elementary School closed.
1999 The Highland High School building was registered with the National Register of Historic Places.
2000 Highland School of Technology opened in the old Highland High School building.
2001 Piedmont Community Charter School moved into the renovated Central Elementary School building.

PLEASE share what you know about Gaston County schools by leaving a comment below. Your fellow alumni and Gaston County residents will appreciate it.

Holbrook High School — Lowell, North Carolina

Holbrook High School, Lowell, NC
(click for Google Street View)
Holbrook High School building today

Reunion Apparel for Holbrook High School

Holbrook High School

418 South Church Street
Lowell, NC

colors: Maroon & White
mascot: Lions

Holbrook High School merged with Frank L. Ashley High School to form Ashbrook High School in 1970.

———— Links ————

There are 300+ Holbrook High School alumni registered at

The Facebook group, Holbrook Junior High, Lowell, NC Reunion, also includes Holbrook High School alumni.

High school reunion announcements are frequently posted in the Gaston Gazette.

The City of Lowell, NC website contains info and history about Lowell, NC.

(Also, see our other post about Gaston County High Schools.)

———- Athletic Highlights ———-

1968 – Class AA Baseball State Champs (def. Camp Lejeune)

1969 – Class AA West Div. Football State Runner-up (L Hendersonville, 30-13)

– Holbrook grad Wilbur Howard played Major League Baseball from 1973-1978, mostly with the Houston Astros.

If you have additional info or memories about Holbrook High School, please leave a comment below.

Gamewell High School — Gamewell, North Carolina

area near former Gamewell High School, Gamewell, NC
(click for Google Street View)
Gamewell Middle School area

Reunion Apparel for Gamewell High School Gamewell High School
3210 Gamewell School Road
Lenoir, NC 28645

mascot: Blue Devils
colors: Royal Blue & Gold
———— Gamewell-related Links ————

– There are 300+ Gamewell High School alumni on
– There are 30+ Gamewell-Collettsville High School alumni on
Town of Gamewell website
Caldwell County website
Collettsville Area Schools (Collettsville Historical Society)

———— Tidbits about Gamewell schools ————

(These are little bits of info we picked up here & there. The Internet being what it is, we can’t vouch for their accuracy.)

A brick Gamewell Graded School was built on Morganton Rd. in 1931. It was replaced by a new Gamewell Elementary School in 1988.

Houck School was merged into Gamewell School in 1935.

Gamewell School had divided into Gamewell Elementary and Gamewell High School by 1951.

The high school students from the Collettsville School were merged into Gamewell High School in 1963, forming Gamewell-Collettsville High School.

Lenoir High School & Gamewell-Collettsville High School merged into West Caldwell High School in 1977.

———— Athletics ————

We didn’t find any info about Gamewell athletics, except this interesting stat.

On Feb. 25, 1955, Gamewell High School lost a girl’s basketball game to Lenoir High by a score of 101-100. In that game, Lenoir’s Nancy Woodruff scored 86 points, the 3rd time that year she had scored 86 points in a game. (source: North Carolina High School Girls’ Basketball

———– Yearbooks ———–

Most of the annuals back to 1949 have been donated by a former teacher and are available for viewing in the office of the Town Administrator. If you would like to view them, call the office at (828) 754-1991 to arrange a time.

———— Credits ————

Some of the info in this post was gleaned from the book “Caldwell County, NC (Images of America)“.

We would also like to thank Nathan Key, Editorials Editor for the Lenoir News-Topic, who sent us these remembrances:
Gamewell High School used to be known as the Blue Devils, and I believe the colors were blue and yellow. The school later became Gamewell-Collettsville High School when it merged with Collettsville High School in the early 1960s and remained that way until 1977 when consolidation took place in Caldwell County. At that time, two new high schools, West Caldwell and South Caldwell, opened, with West Caldwell serving the students from Gamewell and Collettsville. The old high school [became] the middle school, which it remains today, though the school’s students now are known as Braves.
I hope this information helps.

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Gaston High School — Gaston, North Carolina

Gaston High School, Gaston, NC
(click for Google Street View)
Gaston High School, Gaston, NC

Reunion Apparel for Gaston High School

Gaston High School

Northampton County

mascot: Lakers
colors: Red & White

(If you have any info about Gaston High School, we’d appreciate hearing from you in the Comments area below. Any tidbit you can add will be used to update this page.)

I couldn’t find any record of when Gaston High School opened or closed. I’m guessing Gaston students now attend Northampton County High School – West.

Sometime in the late 60’s or early 70’s, the school’s nickname was changed from the Rebels to the Lakers. Lakers was in reference to the lakes which were created in the area in the 1950’s. Lake Gaston was formed by a flood-control dam on the 400-mile long Roanoke River. The dam was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1947 and 1953. Just below Lake Gaston, another dam forms Roanoke Rapids Lake which is used to generate hydro-electric power.

In the fall of 1969, the courts ordered 100 students to be transferred from Gumberry to Gaston High School.

Here’s a nice article from 1974 about Gaston Alumni Lonnie Wayne Lassiter, when he was coaching baseball at Bowman High School in Anson County. He went on to become principal of Anson County Senior High School, then Superintendent of Anson County schools.

There are about 300 Gaston High School alumni registered on

The Facebook group, “You know you’re from Roanoke Rapids, NC when…” really covers all of Northampton County.

The Gaston, NC Discussion Forum discusses news and topics about Gaston and surrounding areas.

“Chunk” Rook (GHS ’70) has been coaching football, basketball and baseball for over 30 years. Here’s an intersting bio from the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald.

Garland High School — Garland, North Carolina

Garland High School building, Garland, NC
Garland High School
(click for Google Street View)

Garland High School

Church St./Route 411
Garland, NC – Population: approx. 835
Sampson County

Mascot: Bulldogs
Colors: Blue & White

————— Links —————

The Garland Group on Facebook

Garland photos

————— History & Notes —————

The first school in Garland, which was only one room, closed in 1890 and the building was moved to another area of town. A new one-room school was built that grew to three rooms.

On May 23, 1914, Dr. Charles L. Raper, Dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina, gave the commencement address at Garland High School. His subject was The School and Farm Life.

Also in 1914, was this report in the North Carolina High School Bulletin:
Principal Fred R. Yoder, Garland High School
School building remodeled so as to give double floor space. Another grade added. Assistant high school teacher employed; music teacher also employed full time. Auditorium furnished with seats. Teachers’ desks bought for all rooms. Literary society organized and reading room established. Forty-five dollars raised at box supper for improvements.

Reunion Apparel for Garland High School
The present building at Garland High School was built in phases between 1924 and 1926 and closed in 1980, merging with Union High School.

A wooden gym was built in 1932, the first gym in Sampson County. It was replaced by a new gym in 1973.

(Newspaper report Oct 15, 1973)The new gym replaces a wooden structure that was the first gym at a Sampson County school. It is expected that the old gym, built in 1932 will he razed.

(Newspaper report June 11, 1997) A fire that damaged the old Garland High School building Monday night started from faulty electric wiring and has been ruled accidental.

————— Basketball —————

Most points scored in one State Tournament game: 46 Bernard Coy (Garland High School) 1979 semifinal (currently tied for 2nd most points ever).

—————- Baseball —————-

(Good News)
Garland High School made it to the semifinals of the NC State Baseball Tournament in 1968, largely on the arm of pitcher Larry Smith. In that 14-inning game against Clement High School, Smith struck out 27 batters, the second highest strikeout total in the history of the State Tournament at the time.

(Bad News)
In the same game, E. V. Spell, Clement’s ace pitcher, set a new state record by striking out 33 Bulldogs, sending Garland to a 1-0 loss. Smith’s 27 strikeout performance still places him 5th on the all-time strikeout list. Spell’s 33 strikeouts and the total of 60 strikeouts in the game still stand as NC State Tournament records.

———– Interesting and Notable Graduates ———–

Henson Barnes graduated from Garland High School in 1953. He served in the NC Legislature from 1974 – 1992. (Read full bio from The Bladen Journal)

Garland native Marianna Rich uses her upbringing in Sampson County to paint the backdrop for her novels of fiction. She grew up in Garland and graduated from Garland High School in 1972. (check out Marianna Rich’s novels on

from Billboard Magazine, Jun 5, 1943:
Wilma Irene Williams, 16-year-old daughter of Rusty and Dot Williams, tent show operators, graduated recently from Garland High School, Garland, N. C., and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Bren Au College, Gainesville, Ga. Wilma, who in 10 years on the road with her parents attended 265 different schools, studies piano and clarinet and does a song and dance specialty with her sisters on her dad’s show.

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about Garland High School, please add a comment below. We would like to share your info with fellow alumni.

Reid Ross High School — Fayetteville, North Carolina

Google Street View of Reid Ross High School building
Reid Ross High School building
(click for Google Street View)

Reid Ross High School
3200 Ramsey St.
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Reunion Apparel for Reid Ross High School
mascot: Cougars
colors: Blue, White, Orange

Reid Ross High School opened its doors in 1968, with the first graduation class being 1970. In 1985, after the merger of Fayetteville City Schools and Cumberland County Schools, Reid Ross High School was closed. The building served as a junior high school until 1995 when it changed to a middle school. In 1999 it became Reid Ross Classical School.

——————– Links ——————–

Reid Ross High School online yearbook
Yearbook Reprints for Sale

  Reid Ross Facebook Groups:
Did you go to Reid Ross?
Reid Ross High School Band 1981 – 1985
Reid Ross Class of 85
Reid Ross High School

—————— Athletics ——————

The 1969 State Track Meet was held at Reid Ross High School; “The 65th NCHSAA State Meet was moved to a clay track at Reid Ross HS in Fayetteville while NC State was installing its first all-weather track at its Paul Derr Track & Field facility.”

All home games of the Cape Fear Thunder (Independent Women’s Football League) take place Apr-Jun at John P. Daskal Stadium behind Reid Ross High School. (Even though their website spells it the John P. Daskyll stadium.)

Many Reid Ross alumni are giving back to their community. For example, former Cougar David Pickens “continues to serve”.

State Football Championships

1972 High Point Andrews 24, Fayetteville Reid Ross 17
1981 Reid Ross 21, High Point Central 7

Women’s Basketball State Championship
1984 Reid Ross 45 Ben L. Smith 39

Men’s Track & Field State Championships
1977 800 Yard Relay
1978 800 Yard Relay

Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame

Reggie Pinkney – Reggie was a standout football player at Reid Ross High School and East Carolina University before playing in the NFL for five years. He is now principal at Hillsboro Elementary School and is in the ECU Hall of Fame.
(Reggie’s book, Pass It On, is available from the ECU book store.)

John Daskal – A 1953 graduate of Fayetteville High School, Daskal had the most wins of any active football coach in Cumberland County when he retired in 1990. His 31-year record was 211-100-4. He spent most of his career at Reid Ross and Terry Sanford high schools, although he also coached briefly at Pine Forest. He guided teams from Reid Ross and Terry Sanford to the state 4-A finals. His 1981 Reid Ross team won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A Division II state title. He worked as a hearing officer for the county schools after retiring. In 1994, he joined Mack Edwards as color commentator on the local television broadcasts of high school football games. The stadium at Reid Ross Classical School is named in his honor.

Massey Hill High School — Fayetteville, North Carolina

Massey Hill High School building on Google Street View
Massey Hill High School building
(click for Google Street View)

Massey Hill High School
1062 Southern Avenue
Fayetteville, NC 28306

mascot: Pirates
colors: Kelly Green & White

The main building of Massey Hill High School was built in 1924-25. The Science Building was added in 1942 and the Gymnasium was added in 1947. Massey Hill High School was closed after the 1971-72 school year. Most of the students transferred to Douglas Byrd High School and the building became a junior high. In 1986, it changed to an Alternative School, then became the home of Massey Hill Classical High School in 1998.
Reunion Apparel for Massey Hill High School

——————- Links ——————-

Massey Hill High School Facebook group

Massey Hill High School History

Yearbooks For Sale

—————– Athletics —————–

Massey Hill High School had a girl’s basketball team as early as 1928. The Pirates had their first football team in 1946.

In baseball, the current North Carolina State Record for the most strikeouts in a game is 31. The record was set by Massey Hill High School’s Randy Barber in 1970 in a 13-inning game against Gray’s Creek High School.

Baseball State Champs
– 1958 Massey Hill defeated Myers Park High School
– 1959 Massey Hill defeated West Meck High School

Football State Champs
– 1953 Massey Hill 20, Greensboro Bessemer 0

Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame
Junior Edge – Edge was a three-sport star at Massey Hill High School. He played baseball when the school won back-to-back state titles in 1958 and 1959. He played college football at the University of North Carolina. Recently, he has been doing radio color commentary for Terry Sanford High School football games.

Len Maness – Maness was a star athlete at Massey Hill High School and then Campbell College. He first coached basketball at Fayetteville High School. Maness won back-to-back state 4-A titles in basketball in 1965-66. He later took over the school’s football team and guided the 1981 squad to the state 4-A finals against South Mecklenburg.

Young Howard – Coached football, basketball and baseball at Massey Hill High School.

Terry Luck – Luck was a star athlete at Massey Hill High School. He played college football at the University of Nebraska, then played for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL.

Earl “Moose” Butler – All-American football player at Massey Hill High School, where he played in the 1950s, before going on to the University of North Carolina and, briefly, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Fayetteville High School — Fayetteville, North Carolina

Reunion Apparel for Fayetteville High School
Fayetteville High School

mascot: Bulldogs
colors: Royal Blue & White

Fayetteville High School was located on Robeson St. until 1954, when it moved into a new building at 2301 Fort Bragg Rd (click for Google Street View). It is now Fayetteville Terry Sanford High School.


————— Athletics —————

Fayetteville High School football began in 1913. Team colors were purple and gold.

Fayetteville High School football in NC State Championship games:
– 1921 Fayetteville 7, Winston-Salem 0
– 1947 Fayetteville 39, Charlotte 0
– 1948 Fayetteville 14, Burlington 13
– 1956 Fayetteville 6, Greensboro 6(TIE)
– 1957 Salisbury 21, Fayetteville 0
– 1965 Region 1: Durham 19, Fayetteville 14

Fayetteville High School men’s basketball in NC State Championship games:
– 1965 Fayetteville 55 Durham 53
– 1966 Fayetteville 70 Myers Park 69

Fayetteville High School men’s soccer in NC State Championship games:
– 1967 State Champions

Fayetteville High School men’s golf in NC State Championship games:
– 1941 State Champions
– 1944 Individual Champion Harvey Oliver

Fayetteville High School men’s track & field NC State Champions:
– 1941 Shotput – Bill Yancey
– 1941 Discus – Bill Yancey
– 1943 Discus – Donald Clayton
– 1943 High Jump – Donald Clayton
– 1944 Pole Vault – Nick Johnson (2-way tie)
– 1945 Pole Vault – Nick Johnson
– 1945 High Jump – Nick Johnson (6-way tie)
– 1946 Pole Vault – Nick Johnson
– 1946 High Jump – Nick Johnson
– 1946 100-yard Dash – H. McDonald
– 1947 100-yard Dash – H. McDonald
– 1947 High Jump – Wiggs (5-way tie)
– 1947 Long Jump – Wiggs
– 1949 Long Jump – Wooten


————— Halls of Fame —————

Members of a Hall of Fame with Fayetteville ties:

Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame
Don Clayton is best known as the founder of Putt-Putt Golf Courses in 1954. It grew into an international success with franchises located around the world. In addition to his success in the business world, Clayton also was a standout high school athlete in football and track at Fayetteville High School and earned a football scholarship to the University of North Carolina.
John Daskal had the most wins of any active football coach in Cumberland County when he retired in 1990. His 31-year record was 211-100-4.
Len Maness first coached basketball at Fayetteville High School, which later became Terry Sanford. Maness won back-to-back state 4-A titles in basketball in 1965-66. He later took over the school’s football team and guided the 1981 squad to the state 4-A finals against South Mecklenburg.
Raymond “Buddy” Luper coached football at Fayetteville High School and was athletic director for Fayetteville City Schools
Jerry Richardson was a football star at Fayetteville High School. He brought the NFL to North Carolina in 1993 as owner of the Carolina Panthers. (also in NC Sports Hall of Fame)

North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame
– Doris Howard
– Bob Paroli
– Raymond “Buddy” Luper
– Bill Carver

————— Links —————

– 1800+ Fayetteville High School alumni are on
History of Fayetteville schools (including FHS)
FHS Classes of 1950-1955 (lots of good FHS info)
Fayetteville / Terry Sanford Alumni News


————— Facebook —————

Fayetteville High School/Terry Sanford High School Alumni
Fayetteville High School, Class of 1967 Alumni
Fayetteville (NC) High School Sports Legends Club
Fayetteville, NC on Facebook

Farmville High School — Farmville, North Carolina

old photos of Farmville, NC and area
Farmville, NC in the early 1960’s
(click image for old photos of Farmville, NC)

Farmville, NC

Population: approx. 4,500
Pitt County

The town of Farmville was incorporated in 1872. For the next 100 years, its growth and prosperity were directly tied to the cultivation, processing and distribution of Brightleaf tobacco. Today, Farmville is trying to hold on to the benefits of small-town life while expanding its commercial and industrial opportunities.


Town of Farmville website

Over 300 old Farmville photos

Farmville High School, North Carolina, in the snow
Farmville High School in the snow

Farmville High School

Mascot: Red Devils
Colors: Red & White

  • [Thanks to Jessie Carraway Heizer, Class of ’52, for providing the school colors.]
  • I couldn’t find any record of when Farmville High School opened or closed.
    – I found one biography of a fellow who graduated from “the Farmville high school” in the 1890’s. Meanwhile, his sisters graduated from “the Normal School”, also in Farmville.
    – An 1898 “Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction” shows the schools in Farmville as the “Farmville Male and Female Academy”.
    – Another biography says the subject was a teacher in Farmville from 1880-1890, but doesn’t say what school.
    – The 1910 “North Carolina School Bulletin” records that Farmville High School had 24 students and two teachers.
    – Ayden-Grifton High School was built in 1971. Farmville Central High School and North Pitt High School opened about the same time.
    Reunion Apparel for Farmville High School


    1963 State runner-up (Region 1) Lost to Murfreesboro, 20-7
    1964 State Champs (Region 1) Defeated Weldon, 26-0
    1968 State runner-up (East) Lost to Rohanen, 21-20

    In 1957, Farmville didn’t win the Class A state football championship, but they had an interesting trip before falling. The game against Beaufort ended in a 0-0 tie. In those days, there was no overtime. The team with the most offensive yards (Farmville) was declared the winner. The following week, Farmville scored late in the game to tie the score at 6. Again, they were awarded the victory by outgaining Red Springs. Here’s a recap of the second game from the Red Springs’ home newspaper, the Robesonian.

    Photos of Farmville High School from the 1951 yearbook, The Archway.
    (Click to enlarge)
    Photos of Farmville High School from the 1951 yearbook, The Archway.
    (Click to enlarge)

    Please help us out. If you have any additional info about Farmville High School, please leave it in the comments below. Send a link to this post to your fellow alumni so they can share their memories, too.

    Fairgrove High School — Fairmont, North Carolina

    Downtown Fairmont, NC
    Fairmont, NC

    Fairmont, NC

    Robeson County
    Population: approx. 2,750

    Fairmont was organized in 1899 as Union City. Within a couple of years, the name was changed to Ashpole (after the Academy where the town was established), then changed to Fairmont in 1907.


    Town of Fairmont website

    The Robesonian online news

    Bears bench at Fairgrove Middle School
    (click image for Google Street View of Fairgrove)

    Fairgrove High School

    mascot: Bears
    colors: Black & Gold

    Rowland High School closed in 1981 and consolidated with Fairgrove High School to form South Robeson High School. The Fairgrove High School building became Fairgrove Middle School.


    Bears Alumni Apparel

    Fairgrove alumni at

    Fairgrove Middle School website

    ————————— Please help us out —————————
    We know there is much more to tell about Fairgrove High School. Please share your memories with your fellow alumni. If you know anything about the history of Fairgrove, its accomplishments or other school highlights, please use the comment area below to tell us about it.

    Erwin High School — Erwin, North Carolina

    Erwin High School, Erwin  NC
    Recent photo of Erwin High School building
    (click image for Google Street View)

    Erwin, NC

    Population: approx. 4,800
    Harnett County

    The town of Erwin was originally called Duke, after Washington Duke, who built the first cotton mill in the area. The town was renamed Erwin in 1926 and was incorporated in 1967. Erwin was known as “The Denim Capital of the World.” A 1993 newspaper report stated that Erwin denim plants produced over a million yards of denim each week! To celebrate their heritage, Erwin holds “Denim Days” the first weekend of each October.

    Town of Erwin website


    Erwin High School

    mascot: Redskins
    colors: Red & White

    Back when the town of Erwin was named Duke, the public school only ran through ninth grade. Tenth and eleventh grades were added in 1924 and the first (and only) graduation from Duke High School occurred in 1925. The following year, the town of Duke was renamed Erwin and the high school followed suit, being renamed Erwin High School. The school was originally located on the second floor of a downtown building before moving to its permanent home on 10th Street. Erwin High School closed in 1985 when it consolidated with Coats High School and Dunn High School to form Triton High School.

    Reunion Apparel for Erwin High School


    The Erwin High School football team made it to the State Tournament twice in its history. Unfortunately, they lost both games, but making it to the tournament twice is still a significant accomplishment.

    – 1962 Lost to Jamestown in Region 2 Finals
    – 1976 Lost to Franklin in State Finals


    Erwin High School Alumni on Facebook

    Info from the Facebook alumni group: We have a group called The Erwin Goodfellas who meet for breakfast at Blessed Resturant on the last Wed. of the month.


    Please share your knowledge of Erwin High School with your fellow alumni by leaving a comment below.

    Eastman High School — Enfield, North Carolina

    Eastman High School building, Enfield, NC - Google Street View
    Eastman High School building
    (click image for Google Street View)

    Enfield, NC
    Halifax County
    Population: approx. 2,300

    Established in 1740, Enfield is the oldest town in Halifax County (from Town of Enfield website).

    Six Degrees of Enfield, NC Separation on Facebook
    – Eastman alumni at


    Reunion Apparel for Eastman High School
    Eastman High School
    20212 Hwy 48
    Enfield, NC 27823

    mascot: Kodiaks
    colors: Royal Blue & White

    Except for the handful of tidbits below, I couldn’t find out much about Eastman High School. A blog reader informed me that Eastman High School was consolidated into Southeast Halifax High School and Northwest High School in 1982.

    The Eastman High School building is now the home of Eastman Middle School.

    At the March 6, 1950 meeting of the Halifax County Board of Education, the chairman and superintendent reported that the State Review Panel had approved the revised plan for school building projects that included…completion of an auditorium, gymnasium and six classrooms for the Eastman School…for an estimated cost of $88,000.

    The office building and gym were built in 1951.
    The 800 building was built in 1955.
    The 600 & 700 buildings were built in 1959.
    The cafeteria was built in 1968.
    The shop was built in the 1970’s.
    Reunion Apparel for Eastman High School

    Eastman High School Athletics:
    Without a football field, Eastman played all its games on the road.
    1974 – Eastman High School led the state in several categories:
    – Most Points Allowed, Season (497, 55.2 points-per-game)
    – Most Points Allowed, Single Game (lost 98-0 to Gaston)
    – Most Times Shut Out (8 times out of 9 games played)
    1979 – Gumberry High School broke its 59-game losing streak by defeating Eastman High School, 22-0.


    Update 3/6/2010:
    In the original post about Eastman High School, I made this statement:
    Also, at a football reunion for another school, one old-timer distinctly remembered playing a game against the “Eastman Kodaks”. Was the nickname really Kodaks at one time or did his memory fail?
    Astute reader B.Goins offered this explanation:
    Eastman High School’s mascot indeed used to be The Kodak and there is a Kodak camera etched on my class ring (1977). My understanding is that George Eastman (inventor of the Kodak camera) granted them the land to build the school on, thus the name. The mascot was later changed to the Kodiak bear (there was a vote on the name change by the student body but nobody I knew voted for the change). We liked the uniqueness of the Kodak camera as our mascot. Their reason was that our teams were teased when playing other schools, i.e, “here come those cameras, come take our picture”. I am sure that the powers that be decided to change the name of their own volition and student votes on the issue was a meaningless exercise. Eastman was a wonderful school with good teachers attended mostly by African-Americans and Haliwa Indians.


    We are looking for more information about Eastman High School. When was it opened? Who were some notable graduates? Notable athletes? School accomplishments? Please leave your memories in the comments below.

    Enfield High School — Enfield, North Carolina

    enfield High School, Enfield, NC
    Enfield High School
    (click to enlarge)

    Enfield, NC
    Halifax County
    Population: approx. 2,300

    Established in 1740, Enfield is the oldest town in Halifax County (from Town of Enfield website).

    Six Degrees of Enfield, NC Separation on Facebook

    Reunion Apparel for Enfield High School

    Enfield High School
    mascot: Cougars
    colors: Red, Royal Blue, White

    The school always enjoyed community support. The Rotary Club provided funds for the band to participate in parades and competitions. The Levon Theater allowed concerts to be held there.
    The Enfield boy’s basketball team made it into the Regional Finals in 1981 before falling to eventual state champion Bunn High School.

    Enfield timeline (extracted from the nomination form for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places)

    1825 – Enfield Academy opened.
    1839 – Enfield Free School opened.
    1881­1888 – Halifax County built 17 public schools.
    1895 – The Brick School was opened (grades 1-12). (see description from 1898)
    1901 – Enfield Graded School opened (a one-story frame building, grades 1-12).
    1917 Enfield High School, Enfield, NC – A two-story brick building replaced the original Enfield Graded School. (click image to enlarge)
    1933 – The Enfield School District and Halifax County School District merged.
    1948 – Construction was begun on a new Enfield Graded School at the end of Branch St.
    1950 – New Enfield Graded School was opened. Classes began in Sept.
    1951 – Brick gymnasium was added to Enfield Graded School.
    – The Inborden School was opened (grades 1-12).
    1952 – Concrete block agricultural building was added to Enfield Graded School. The roof was built by the Voc-ed students.
    1953 – A one-story addition was added to the rear of the gymnasium at Enfield Graded School. It was used for music, lunch and storage.
    1964 – Enfield schools were integrated. In theory, students were allowed to choose which school to attend.
    1968 – The Inborden School became an Elementary School.
    – Enfield Graded School became Enfield High School.
    1970 – Metal building was added to Enfield High School for use by the music dept. and for storage.
    1981 – [from EHS alum Lance Scott] – “Beginning of the 1981-1982 school year (my senior year) all of Enfield High School and Scotland Neck High School and part of Eastman High was consolidated into Southeast Halifax High School. The other part of Eastman High School went to Northwest High School. So, instead of having four high schools in Halifax County, we now have two.”
    – Enfield High School became Enfield Middle School (grades 7-9)
    1983 – [from EHS alum Willie Ray Hawkins] – “1983-1984 school year: Enfield Middle grades changed to 6th thru 8th;
    Southeast Halifax High and Northwest High School grades changed to 9 -12.”
    2007 – Enfield Middle School and Inborden Elementary School were closed in December.
    2008 – A new consolidated Elementary School opened in January on Hwy. 481.
    2009 – Plans were being discussed to convert Enfield High School’s main building and agricultural building into housing for seniors.


    We would like to know more about Enfield High School. Please leave your comments below.

    Elm City High School — Elm City, North Carolina

    Elm City High School building
    (click photo for Google Street View)

    Elm City, Wilson County, NC
    Population: 1,374 (2003 est.)
    Incorporated: December 18, 1873

    Elm City, NC on Facebook
    Elm City, NC is the place to be….
    Windsor Lake subdivision in the 1980s


    Reunion Apparel for Elm City High School Elm City High School
    215 E. Church St.
    Elm City, NC 27822

    mascot: Vikings
    colors: Blue & Gold

    There are numerous references to Elm City School as far back as the mid 1800s. A $75,000 bond issue was passed by voters in 1921 and a new graded school building was opened in 1922. That frame building apparently burned in 1940 and was replaced by the brick building most alumni remember. In 1970, it became Elm City High School. In 1978, ECHS consolidated with Ralph L. Fike High School in Wilson, NC and the old ECHS building became Elm City Middle School.

    1940 news article - This was probably the 1922 frame building.
    1940 news article – This was probably the 1922 frame building.


    Elm City Vikings Athletics

    1964 – State Champs (def. Cobb Memorial, 6-1)

    1974 – State Champ – Roundtree, 100-yard dash

    Women’s Basketball
    Eddie Summerlin, who passed away in 2006, was a graduate of Elm City High School. He later coached the Elm City women’s basketball team and led them to a state 2A title in 1977. He followed that up with a state 4A title in 1979 as the Wilson Fike coach.

    Men’s Basketball
    Head Coach Harvey Reid led the Elm City High School men’s basketball team to three state 2A championships.
    He still holds these records:
    – Most victories – 818
    – Most victories at one school – 751 (Frederick Douglas / Elm City / Wilson Fike)
    – State Championships at one school – 7 (Wilson Fike)

    John Virgil is Elm City’s all-time leading scorer. He scored 46 points in a state semi-final game against Avery County, still the second highest point total in tournament history. In his high school career, Virgil scored 2,100 points to put him 22nd on the all-time NC scoring list.

    Elm City High School State Finals appearances:
    – 1974 – State Champs; (def. Fairmont, 79-66) Mike Cherry scored 38 points in a state quarter-final game against West Henderson, still the eleventh highest point total in tournament history. He also scored 37 points against Scotland Neck in the semi-final game. In the finals aganst Fairmont, Rod Griffin pulled down 17 rebounds, 13th most rebounds ever in a state tournament.
    – 1975 – State Champs; (def. Hallsboro, 95-68) 163 total points still stands as the highest scoring State Finals game. Elm City’s 95 points is also still the state record for one team in the finals.
    – 1976 – State Runner-up; (def. by Clayton, 71-66) In the state semi-final game, Elm City defeated Union 102-101. The 203 combined points still stands as the second highest point total in state tournament history.
    – 1977 – State Champs; (def. Northampton, 80-70)

    Elm City High – Elm City,NC on Facebook.
    Class of ’78 on Facebook.

    Elm City School (from 1954 yearbook, Bear Trap)
    Elm City School (from 1954 yearbook, Bear Trap)

    George Hildebran High School — Connelly Springs, North Carolina

    George Hildebran Schools? Help us out.
    (click photo for Google Street View)

    Connelly Springs, NC
    Reunion Apparel for George Hildebran High School

    Population (2000 census):
    Icard township 16,753
    Connelly Springs town (part) 643
    Hickory city (part) 63
    Hildebran town 1,472
    Icard CDP 2,734
    Long View town (part) 709
    Rhodhiss town (part) 327
    Remainder of Icard township 10,805


    George Hildebran High School
    Connelly Springs, NC
    (George Hildebran community)

    mascot: Eagles
    colors: Blue, Red & White

    George Hildebran High School, Hildebran High School and Valdese High School consolidated in 1974 to form East Burke High School.

    Terry Rogers graduated from George Hildebran High School. When he was the head basketball coach at Freedom High School, he won two state championships and was the winningest active coach in North Carolina.

    George Hildebran Links:
    George Hildebran Eagles on Facebook


    Alumni, we need your help!
    Would you leave a comment and give us more information about George Hildebran High School? And what about the buildings in the photos above?
    [See Patty’s excellent comments, below.]

    Hildebran High School — Hildebran, North Carolina

    Hildebran School building
    (click photo for Google Street View)

    Hildebran, NC
    Burke County
    Named for Pope Gregory VII (Hildebrand of Sovana)

    1900: Hildebran 190
    1900: Icard Twp. 2,150
    2000: Hildebran 1,472
    2000: Icard Twp. 16,753

    Reunion Apparel for Hildebran High School

    Hildebran High School
    202 S. Center St.
    Hildebran, NC 28637

    mascot: Royals
    Colors: Royal Blue & Silver

    1964 Class AA Men’s Basketball State Champs (defeated Forest Hills High School, 70-65; Head Coach Melvin Ruggles)
    1952 6-man Footbal State Runner-up (lost to Clayton High School, 20-14)

    From Town of Hildebran website:
    The Town Hall began its life as a schoolhouse. The first brick schoolhouse was built in Hildebran in 1917. It remains a part of the present building, but has had several additions during the years. No electricity was available until the early 1920’s. The auditorium was lighted for night programs by several gas lanterns.
    – The first addition to the school was in about 1923, an auditorium with additional classrooms on the second floor. The original auditorium was converted to classrooms.
    – The first commencement was held in 1919. By 1925 the graduating class had increased to fourteen members.
    – A wooden structure was built in the 40’s to be used as a lunchroom. It later became the schools first gymnasium.
    – In 1957 more land was purchased and a new primary (“main”) building was constructed (building on right). In 1959, a new auditorium was added with a bandroom. A new gymnasium was added in 1965.

    Hildebran High School, George Hildebran High School and Valdese High School consolidated in 1974 to form East Burke High School.

    The Hildebran High School building is now the home of the Albert L. Parkhurst Municipal Complex.

    Hildebran Links
    Hildebran School alumni on Facebook
    Town of Hildebran on Facebook
    The Hildebran News on Facebook
    The Hildebran News website

    2008 Cruise-In at Hildebran school

    Clarkton High School — Clarkton, North Carolina

    Clarkton High School now
    (click image for Google Street View)

    Clarkton, NC
    Bladen County
    Population: approx 700

    Clarkton area websites:
    Bladen County website
    The Bladen Journal
    Bladen County Public Library
    Im From Bladen County Yo!!! Facebook group


    Clarkton High School
    mascot: Warriors / Blue Devils
    colors: Blue & White?

    I found newspaper articles referring to the Clarkston athletic teams as both the Warriors and the Blue Devils. So, until an alumni straightens us out, we have created apparel for both nicknames. Take your pick!

    There are over 600 Clarkton High School alumni registered at

    From the 1911 North Carolina Yearbook:
    Incorporated in 1901.
    Population, 368.
    Clarkton High School— Prof. Leroy Dunn, Principal.


    After overcoming many years of consolidation efforts, Clarkton High School was closed in 1992. Most of the 190 students were transferred to Bladenboro High School, a few moved to East Bladen High School..

    The building became Clarkton Middle School then, later, the Clarkton School of Discovery.


    Men’s Basketball Reunion Apparel for Clarkton High School Warriors
    1976 Class A State Runner-up (set record for most points scored by both teams, losing to Wentworth 84-79)
    1977 Class A State Runner-up
    1978 Class A State Runner-up
    1979 Class A State Runner-up
    1985 Class A State Champs

    Women’s Basketball
    1979 Class 1A State Runner-up

    Reunion Apparel for Clarkton High School Blue Devils
    1957 State Champs (6-man)
    1961 State Champs (8-man)
    1985 Lost State Semifinals
    1986 Lost State Semifinals

    1986 Class A State Champs


    Class of ’75
    – Faye Hardin’s book about growing up in Clarkton.

    Clarkton High School Facebook groups:
    Class of 1984 – 1992
    Clarkton High School Attendees 1921-1992

    We need your help! We know there’s a lot more to the Clarkton High School story than we’ve told here. Please use the comments area below to share your info about Clarkton High School.

    Elizabethtown High School — Elizabethtown, North Carolina

    Elizabethtown High School gym
    (click image for Google Street View)

    Elizabethtown, NC
    Bladen County
    Population: approx 4,000

    Elizabethtown area websites:
    Town of Elizabethtown website
    Town of Elizabethtown history
    Bladen County Public Library
    Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest
    Turnbull Creek Photos


    Elizabethtown High School
    mascot: Yellow Jackets
    colors: ????

    NCHSAA Regional State Football Champions:
    1962 1963 & 1964

    There are over 300 Elizabethtown High School alumni registered at

    We haven’t been able to determine when Elizabethtown High School was established. The oldest alumni we found graduated in 1928.

    As near as I can figure out, here’s the sequence of consolidations since 1971. (If I’m wrong, somebody please correct me.)

      1971 – Bladen Central High School consolidated with Elizabethtown High School in 1971 and for that one year they were known as the Elizabethtown Cougars.

      1972 – In 1972, Elizabethtown High School, White Oak High School and East Arcadia High School were consolidated and became the East Bladen Cougars. East Bladen opened in a new building and the old Elizabethtown High School became East Bladen Middle School.

      1992 – In 1992, Clarkton High School was closed. Most of the students transferred to Bladenboro High School, a few moved to East Bladen.

      2001 – In 2001, Bladen County built two new high school buildings, with East Bladen moving into one of them. Bladenboro High School and Tar Heel High School were closed. Some of the students were transferred to East Bladen High School, but the majority went to the newly constructed West Bladen High School. West Bladen were the Knights and East Bladen changed their mascot to the Eagles. (Due to construction delays, the West Bladen building wasn’t completed until 2002. West Bladen students attended classes in their old high schools.) The old East Bladen High School building became Elizabethtown Middle School and the old Elizabethtown High School building was demolished to make way for the new Elizabethtown Municipal Building. The old Elizabethtown High School gym still stands behind the Municipal building.

    Bladen County Facebook groups:

    You might be from Bladen County if….

    I’m From Bladen County Yo!!!

    We need your help! We know there’s a lot more to the Elizabethtown High School story than we’ve told here. Please use the comments area below to share your info about Elizabethtown High School.

    Aurelian Springs High School — Aurelian Springs, North Carolina

    Reunion Apparel for Aurelian Springs High School
    Aurelian Springs, North Carolina

    Street view of downtown Aurelian Springs.

    Aurelian Springs is an unincorporated community in Halifax County, North Carolina, United States. It is part of the Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina Micropolitan Statistical Area.

    Aurelian Springs is located at 36.36417 N. Latitude and -77.80722 W. Longitude.

    Its elevation is 339 ft.

    (How Aurelian Springs, North Carolina got its name)
    The seven springs located here reportedly carried aurelian (or golden) waters which had medicinal qualities. It was a popular recreation area of the late nineteenth century.


    Aurelian Springs High School

    mascot: Hornets
    Colors: Purple & Old Gold

    One source says the mascot was Yellow Jackets, another says it was Hornets. I voted for Yellow Jackets, thinking the second source was confused by the fact that Hornets is the mascot of Aurelian Springs Elementary School. Astute visitor Taylor Hawkins set me straight with this information:
    The colors for Aurelian Springs High School were actually “Purple and Old Gold”. My father graduated from there and I’ve seen his yearbooks. That’s how they referred to their colors, “Purple and Old Gold”. The mascot was the Hornet. … The school was elementary and high school … Eventually they closed the high school and the school continued as an elementary school. Of course now they have torn down the old building and built a new facility. The elementary kept the Hornet mascot when the high school closed.”


    From the Biennial Report for the scholastic years 1908-1909 and 1909-1910 presented to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
    Principal W. H. Albright, Aurelian Springs High School, Halifax County:
    One new room added, extra teacher employed, and blackboards, teachers’ desks, etc., added. School growing all the time in numbers, efficiency, and ability to promote the cause of education. We are anxious to establish a department of domestic science ; also, a school farm.


    History of Halifax County, Tour of Historical Places written by By Claude Moore, principal of Aurelian Springs High School from 1958 to 1964.

    83 alumnii registered at

    (from a 1926 advertisement for a Motion Picture Projector)
    (the ad is in the newspaper archives at the Prelinger Library, San Francisco)

    The Acme S. V. E. Type G
    (picture here)
    picture is an actual flash light photograph taken at Aurelian Springs High School while an educational motion picture was being projected by an Acme S. V. E. Motion Picture Projector. Study the people in this picture. They show their natural reaction to motion pictures. They see and understand the lesson on the screen.

    Next month, on this page we will show this same group of people viewing an entertainment film. Watch for this picture and compare the expressions in the two pictures. Motion pictures are really instructive and entertaining.

    The Acme S. V. E. Motion Picture Projector is the best projector for non-theatrical use. Write for full information.
    International Projector Corp.
    Acme Division


    Taylor Hawkins also sent along these scans of the 1941 Aurelian Springs High School annual. A copy of the annual was given out at one of the reunions.


    Please share your photos, information and memories of Aurelian Springs High School or Aurelian Springs, NC by leaving a comment below.


    Angier High School — Angier, North Carolina

    The schoolhouse that preceded Angier High School.
    Black River Township School (1911)
    (replaced by Angier High School)

    Angier, North Carolina
    “The Town of Crepe Myrtles”

    Angier is in the Black River Township of Harnett County, North Carolina.
    Population: approx. 4,300 (2009 est.)


    Angier High School

    Mascot: Bulldogs
    Colors: Purple & Gold

    Angier housed grades 1-12.

    Angier High School closed after the 1977 school year. That fall, Harnett Central High School opened. Harnett Central was created by consolidating Angier with Lillington High School, Lafayette High School and Buies Creek High School.

    North Carolina High School Bulletin (1913):
    Principal Frank Hare, Angier High School:
     New dormitory worth $4,500 built by stock company. Principal and wife live in the dormitory. Principal’s wife serves as matron. Board on club plan. It works well.

    North Carolina High School Annual Report (1916-1917)
    Harnett County
    Angier High School: Eunice Blalock, Kate Johnston, Wray Williams, David Young.
    Dunn High School:* James Adley, Ruth Cashwell, Hallie Lewis, Mabel Lynch, Norwood Pope, Wade Pridgen, Novella Reardon, Girard Wilson.
    Lillington High School:* Russell Jarmon, Lloyd Johnson, Carl O’Quinn, Charlie Watson.
    *accredited by the University of North Carolina

    TOWN OF ANGIER BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, Meeting Minutes, April 7, 2009
    Board Action: After discussion of the upcoming events, the Town Board unanimously approved the permit allowing a parade permit request by the Angier High School Mega Reunion Committee to hold a parade on Saturday, May 2, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., closing McIver Street, Church, Williams Street, Cutts Street, Broad Street and Smithfield Street for the duration of the event.
    (The Mega High School Reunion was held May 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2009. It was a reunion of those who attended Angier High School , Angier Middle School, and Angier Elementary School.)

    Angier High School played in the longest high school basketball game in North Carolina history on Feb. 29, 1964 when they played 13 overtimes against Boone Trail High School. Boone Trail won 56-54 and neither team substituted any players. Angier was coached by “Rudy” Brown. When Rudy died in 2005, his five players served as pallbearers.


    Town of Angier, NC website
    Angier Chamber of Commerce – News & upcoming events


    Reunion Apparel for Angier High School
    Angier, NC Facebook Groups:
    Did you go to school in Angier, NC
    Angier Middle School
    Harnett Central High School – 1985
    Angier Baptist Church
    Trinity Baptist Church
    Piney Grove Chapel Baptist Church
    Grace Community Church
    Angier Ink Tatoo
    Tarheel Nursery
    TJ’s Hotdogs & Burgers
    My Town is Angier and its pretty Hood!

    Bailey High School — Bailey, North Carolina

    1964 graduating class of Bailey High School, Bailey, NC
    1964 graduating class of Bailey High School, Bailey, NC

    Bailey, NC
    Population: 684 (2008)
    Zip: 27807
    Nash County
    Reunion Apparel for Bailey High School Bailey High School
    Mascot: Hornets
    Colors: Green & Gold

    “Bailey School” was born in 1913.
    Bailey High School graduated its first class in 1918.
    Bailey High School graduated its last class in 1968, then merged into the new Southern Nash High School.
    A 1956 newspaper article refers to the team as the Green Hornets.

    Women’s Basketball

    Bailey High School was a powerhouse in women’s basketball. When the school was closed in 1968, they were on a 48-game winning streak that stretched back to 1966.

    They currently hold an interesting North Carolina state record. In 1959, Bailey played Red Oak High School. Red Oak knew they had no chance to beat Bailey, so they held the ball the entire game, keeping it out of the hands of Bailey’s shooters. The scheme almost worked, as Red Oak only lost by one point. The final score was Red Oak 3, Bailey 4, a state record for the lowest scoring game in history.

    Their real claim to fame, however, is the other North Carolina state record they still hold. Between 1958 and 1962, the Bailey High School women’s basketball team won 107 straight games!

    Those teams have sent two people to the North Carolina High School Athletics Association Hall of Fame.
    – Coach Billy Widgeon was a standout high school athlete, leading his Newport High School team to an NC State Championship. In college, he was inducted into the Atlantic Christian (now Barton) College Hall of Fame. He taught and coached at Bailey from 1957-1964, where he coached three sports. From 1964 to 1991, he was the head basketball and golf coach at West Carteret, where he became a charter member of the West Carteret Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.
    – In 1960, Andrea Cozart scored 64 points in a game against Knightdale. After graduating from East Carolina, she became a coach at High Point Central High School, coaching four sports. Her women’s basketball teams compiled a 67-3 record, including a state runner-up finish in 1985. Her men’s and women’s swimming teams each compiled 40-meet winning streaks and were perennial contenders for the state championship. She was inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame in 2003.


    Nash County, North Carolina on Facebook

    Facebook Groups

    Bailey, NC on Facebook

    Nash County, NC on Facebook (1)

    Nash County, NC on Facebook (2)

    Ellerbe High School — Ellerbe, North Carolina

    Lawnmower racing in Ellerbe, NC
    Ellerbe, North Carolina
    Population: 1,000+
    Richmond County

    The town of Ellerbe went through several name changes, from Scottish Fairgrounds, to Hurricane, to Fairgrounds. It was incorporated as Ellerbe in 1911 when the railroad came to town. W. T. Ellerbe had built a resort town around natural springs which were said to have healing powers.

    Here are some great Ellerbe, NC photos from flickr user matt.wagers.

    This website has a good History of Ellerbe, NC. It’s the Ellerbe, NC website, so look around. It contains a lot of interesting stuff about Ellerbe.

    These two interviews with Chief Justice Henry Frye contain a glimpse of Ellerbe, NC in the 1940’s.
    Oral Histories of the American South
    Interview with Henry Frye, Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court

    Ellerbe, NC Facebook group: I Grew Up in Ellerbe, NC

    Ellerbe, NC area links:
    Ellerbe Springs Inn & Restaurant
    The Rankin Museum of American and Natural History
    Reunion Apparel for Ellerbe High School


    Ellerbe High School

    128 W Ballard Street
    Ellerbe, NC 28338

    mascot: Wildcats
    colors: Maroon & Gold

    There are about 200 Ellerbe High School alumni signed up at

    Here’s a Google satellite view of Ellerbe Junior High School on Ballard Street.

    Dates in Ellerbe High School history:
    – 1925 – Norman consolidated into Ellerbe
    – 1928 – Gibson Mill consolidated into Ellerbe
    – 1967 – (According to the History of Ellerbe, NC cited above) Hamlet City Schools, Rockingham City Schools, and Richmond County Schools (including Ellerbe) were consolidated.
    – 1972 – Ellerbe High School was closed. The students moved into the new Richmond Senior High School. The Ellerbe High School building became Ellerbe Junior High School.

    Richmond Senior High School was formed by merging Ellerbe, Hamlet, Rockingham, and Rohanen High Schools.


    Miscellaneous notes about Ellerbe High School

    An old newspaper article about Ruth Merritt says “In the 1930’s she taught at Ellerbe High School, then famed as a model progressive school under Principal Richard F. Little.”

    Here’s a great web page about the first year of the Richmond Marching Raider Band.

    We found a 1951 article about Ellerbe High School playing in a 6-man football league. A later mention says they played as an 8-man team.

    The 1918 Annual School Report to the North Carolina State Inspector of Public High Schools contains this entry:
    Richmond County
    Principal O. G. Reynolds, Ellerbe High School:
    We have voted since last year $12,000 worth of bonds for the purpose of erecting a brick schoolhouse, which we hope to have built this year.


    Share your memories
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    Elizabeth City High School — Elizabeth City, North Carolina

    Reunion Apparel for Elizabeth City High School Elizabeth City High School
    Pasquotank County, NC

    School Colors: Black and Gold
    Mascot: Yellow Jackets

    Replaced by Northeastern High School in 1969. (Also replaced P.W. Moore High School and Central High School.)

    Link to Elizabeth City High School yearbooks (contributed by the Pasquotank County Library.)

    From “Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools”:
    Elizabeth City, public, white. First building erected in 1908 on site of old Atlantic Collegiate Institute on North Road Street. It was replaced in 1923-1924 by a new High School, now the EC Middle School across the street. The old building remained until it was replaced by S.L. Sheep Junior High School in 1940.

    From the Pasquotank County page at
    – “The first known school for Blacks [in North Carolina] was a red schoolhouse located near the corporate limits of Elizabeth City in 1879.. . . The school was called Colored Normal School…
    – “In 1924 Elizabeth City High School was built. In this same year, P.W. Moore was built to be the high school for black students from both the city and the county.
    – “Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County operated as two separate school systems until 1967 when the two units were merged into the present system.

    The 1916 Elizabeth High School yearbook, The Tatler, includes a photo of Ned, the collie dog mascot.

    The 1915 State Annual Report lists the 1915 graduates as: Helen Bell, Maude Dewey, Nannie Fearing, Mary Harris, Jessie Harris, Elizabeth Hinton, Eula Poppendick, Seth Spivey, Euthel Raper, Henry White, Alma Winslow and William Woodey, Jr.

    The 1916 State Annual Report lists the 1916 graduates as: Ottie Boettcher, Mildred Commander, Earle Chesson, Ruth Cooke, Roger Hayman, Pearl Hughes, Aubrey McCabe, Henry LeRoy, Alma Midgette, Ida Owens, Bessie Richardson, Mary Ward, Esther Woodley and Mattie White.

    1957 – State AA Football Champions

    In the 1950’s, the band went to Richmond to play in the Tobacco Bowl parade. I’m guessing there is no more Tobacco Bowl.

    Facebook Pages:
    Scott C. Callaway Memorial Page

    Edneyville High School — Edneyville, North Carolina

    Edneyville, North Carolina
    Located in Henderson County
    Population: approx. 8,600

    From “Welcome to Henderson County” website:
    Edneyville is an agricultural community east of Hendersonville. The swelling population in the Henderson County Area has spilled over into Edneyville and more and more residences are replacing apple trees. Most industry in the area is connected with apple production and the remaining commercial activity is primarily consumer oriented. Real Estate in this area is generally about average in cost. The Zip Code for Edneyville is: 28727.

    History of Henderson County, North Carolina

    The Edneyville (Boy Scout) troop, now Troop 605, celebrates its 62nd anniversary this year (2009).


    Edneyville High School
    Yellow Jackets
    (Found Yellow Jackets on one of the Facebook groups. I’m going with Yellow and Black for the colors.)

    In 1989, a wrestling club was formed at Edneyville High School as “Edneyville Freestyle Club” with one wrestler, James Short, then a high school freshman, and one coach, Norman Osteen. That club has grown into one of the most successful and the longest running wrestling club in the state of North Carolina. Having worked with over 3400 wrestlers, Strong & Courageous Wrestling Club has produced to date 102 National Champions and 490 All Americans from kids to veterans and all ages in between.

    Lisa Rhodes: “In her three years at Edneyville, she led her squads to two consecutive North Carolina state titles, 1987 and 1988“.

    Keith Pryor was the best Class 1-A player in North Carolina for Edneyville High School.

    Class of 91/History of Edneyville High School

    North Carolina Justice Academy (former EHS building)
    Reunion Apparel for Edneyville High School
    Tom Pryor Gymnasium

    Google maps aerial view

    Facebook Groups:
    Class of 82
    Class of 85
    Class of 86
    Class of 89
    Class of 90
    Class of 91
    Edneyville High/Elementary School Alumni
    I Went to Edneyville Elementary
    I taught/teach/worked at Edneyville Elementary, Hendersonville, NC

    Aberdeen High School — Aberdeen, North Carolina

    Aberdeen, North CarolinaAberdeen, North Carolina
    Population: about 5,300

    Aberdeen was named Blue’s Crossing until 1888. Energetic lumber men built railroads to move their timber. The railroads made Aberdeen a hub of industry and contributed to its growth.

    The Aberdeen High School museum is located in the old train depot at the corner of Main & Sycamore.


    Aberdeen High School photos
    Aberdeen High School Aberdeen High School Aberdeen High School Aberdeen High School
    (click thumbnail to see full-size photo.)


    Aberdeen High School
    Mascot: Red Devils
    Colors: Red & Grey


    Aberdeen High School could trace its roots back to a one-room log school that held its first classes in 1876. The school was “officially” organized in June, 1920. In the fall of 1969 AHS students transferred to the new Pinecrest High School.

    There are several articles about Aberdeen High School in the archives of, “your online news site for Pinehurst, Southern Pines and the rest of North Carolina’s Sandhills”.


    Both Aberdeen High School basketball teams were Moore County Champions of the 1947-1948 season, with the girl’s team going undefeated (19-0).

    The girls team won 7 consecutive County Championships from 1946-1953. Also in 1953, the girls were Class A State Champions.

    Bob Lee, who was Aberdeen’s football, baseball, softball and women’s basketball coach from 1950-1959, organized the first women’s basketball state championship, even before the sport was recognized by the NCHSAA. He was inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame in 2003.


    Aberdeen High School made four appearances in North Carolina championship games:
    – 1956 State Champion (6-man teams)
    – 1957 State Runner-up (6-man teams)
    – 1963 State Runner-up, Region 2
    – 1964 State Champion, Region 2

    Here’s a link to the Google Street View of Aberdeen Elementary School. [See alumni comments below]

    Hopefully some alumni will add comments to this post and tell us a little more about Aberdeen High School.

    —————————————— Reunion Apparel for Aberdeen High School

    Town of Aberdeen, NC website
    Aberdeen, NC photos on
    Aberdeen High School Timeline (Part 1)
    Aberdeen High School Timeline (Part 2)

    Aberdeen on Facebook:
    Cold Stone Creamery of Aberdeen
    Moore Co. on Facebook: You Know You’re from the Pines If…

  • (This group goes out to all of the Moore County towns in Aberdeen, Addor, Cameron, Carthage, Eagle Springs, Eastwood, Foxfire Village, Glendon, Highfalls, Jackson Hamlet, Jackson Springs, Lakeview, Lobelia, Pinebluff, Pinehurst, Robbins, Samarcand, Seven Lakes, Southern Pines, Taylortown, Vass, West End, Whispering Pines, Westmoore and Woodlake)
  • Edenton High School — Edenton, North Carolina

    Edenton, North Carolina seems to consider itself a small town. With a population of around 13,000, maybe they try to maintain the small town feel.

    Here’s some Chowan County photos from the book Edenton and Chowan County, North Carolina

    Edenton-Chowan County Recreation Department on Facebook

    Reunion Apparel for Edenton High School Edenton High School
    Edenton High School started life as the Edenton Graded School. A separate high school building was built on Court St. in 1916 on the grounds of the old Edenton Academy.

    In 1934 the Edenton High School football team was undefeated and unscored on, winning the state Class B championship.

    Edenton High School was the Class A state football champions in 1954, 1956 and 1957.

    Bill Billings, the Edenton High School football coach until 1962, compiled a record of 77-15-3 in his years at Edenton.

    The Edenton High School football team also won state championships in 1964, 1965, 1967 and 1969.

    If you would like to contribute your memories of Edenton High School, just use the Comments area below. We would like to know more about the history of Edenton High School.

    Both of these Edenton Facebook groups/pages are pretty good. Lots of info and active subscribers:
    Small town of Edenton
    Edenton, North Carolina

    Chowan High School — Edenton, North Carolina

    Edenton, North Carolina seems to consider itself a small town. With a population of around 13,000, maybe they try to maintain the small town feel. Edenton is the largest town in Chowan County, which is the smallest county in North Carolina (147 square miles according to the Chowan County Sheriff’s Office).

    Here’s some Chowan County photos from the book Edenton and Chowan County, North Carolina.

    And here’s the Edenton-Chowan County Recreation Department on Facebook.

    ——————————————————————————– Reunion Apparel for Chowan High School
    Chowan High School is listed as being in Edenton, but is physically closer to the little town of Tyner. A reader of this blog tells us the colors of the Chowan Bulldogs were Maroon and White. Another says they were Maroon and Gold. So, I’ve changed the alumni apparel to Maroon, Gold & White.

    I couldn’t find much information at all about Chowan High School (but check out the excellent comments from alumni at the end of this post.)

    “Chowan” refers to the Chowan Indian tribe that lived in the area at one time. The area is rich in history. The thick growth and swamps around the Chowan River was used at different times to “swallow up” people who didn’t want to be found.

    Here’s a Google Street View which may be Chowan Middle School. What little I could find about Chowan High School indicates that, over the life of the school, there was more than one school building. I have no idea where the final Chowan High School building was or whether it still exists.

    ———– Sports ————————————————————–

    The Chowan High School baseball team made it to the Class 1A playoffs in 1980.

    Anne Hollowell scored 70 points in a basketball game against Conway in 1955.


    Here’s a few blurbs I found in old newspapers or books that mention Chowan High School.

    NC Dept. of Public Instruction, 1915 Annual Report
    Principal, Miss Mary Agnes Weaver, Chowan High School:
    I made no report on the building. This school year we have had a comfortable building with passable equipment. For the next school year, the new building (brick) will be ready for occupancy.

    In the 1936 “North Carolina Emergency Relief Administration” report, $1,700 was allocated for “Construction school building, Chowan High School.”

    (Wilmington) Star-News, May 20, 1974
    WHITEVILLE — Terry Grier of Whiteville Senior High School’s Wolfpack has been named the Three Rivers Conference’s “Co-Coach Of The Year” in baseball. Grier is in his first year at Whiteville Senior High, coming from Chowan High in Edenton where he was “Coach of the Year” in the East Tidewater 2-A Conference (now 3-A).

    The Windsor Daily Star, Dec. 19, 1935
    SMALL’S CROSS ROADS, N. C.. Dec. 19
    Eleazer Woodard, athletic coach at Chowan High School, played the leading part in “Bashful Mr. Bobbs” so well he almost stopped the show.
    Bashful both on and off stage, Woodard forgot his lines when the girls in the play started to “cuddle up” as their parts specified.
    “Brace up, Eleazer, nobody is going to bite you,” the school principal whispered from the wings.
    Eleazer braced–and the show went on.

    ***** If you know anything about Chowan High School, please let us know. We will update this post with your comments.

    Carthage High School — Carthage, North Carolina

    Carthage High School, Carthage, North Carolina, circa 1930

    Carthage High School
    Carthage, NC
    Moore County
    Mascot: Bulldogs
    Colors: Green & White

    We’re not sure when Carthage High School was founded.
    – We do know that the late N.C. State Senator Curtis Marley Muse graduated from Carthage High School in 1895. Mississippi State Senator Hugh McQueen Street attended Carthage High School in 1847 & 1848, but we’re not sure which Carthage. He grew up in Moore County, NC, but then moved to Mississippi. There is also a Carthage High School in Carthage, Mississippi.

    Carthage High School closed after the 1963-64 school year when Farm Life High School, Carthage High School, Vass High School and Cameron High School were consolidated into the new Union Pines High School.

    Carthage & Moore County Links:
    Reunion Apparel for Carthage High School
    – The Town of Carthage website contains a History of Carthage, Carthage Facts, details of the annual Buggy Festival and more.

    Moore County towns

    Clydes Music Barn on Facebook

    The Pik N Pig on Facebook

    North Carolina ECHO (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online):
    Moore County, NC
    Carthage, NC
    Thomas Schoolhouse and Bellview School
    Carthage Museum

    Moore Co. on Facebook: You Know You’re from the Pines If…

  • (This group goes out to all of the Moore County towns in Aberdeen, Addor, Cameron, Carthage, Eagle Springs, Eastwood, Foxfire Village, Glendon, Highfalls, Jackson Hamlet, Jackson Springs, Lakeview, Lobelia, Pinebluff, Pinehurst, Robbins, Samarcand, Seven Lakes, Southern Pines, Taylortown, Vass, West End, Whispering Pines, Westmoore and Woodlake)
  • Farm Life High School – Carthage, North Carolina

    Girls dormitory at Farm Life High School, Carthage, North Carolina

    Farm Life High School
    Carthage, NC
    Moore County
    Mascot: Trojans
    Colors: Garnet & Gold

    A Brief History of Farm Life High School
    (adapted from Sandhills Farm Life Elementary website)
    – A one-room school was built on an acre of land donated by Allan C. McDonald. The school was named Eureka School. In time, a second one room building was built with local labor and more land was obtained.
    – High school grades were added.
    – Local citizens helped build a two story building.
    – The Eureka school was granted a Farm Life Charter by the North Carolina state legislature.
    – The school grounds were increased from ten acres to a farm of seventy acres
    – A boys dormitory was built.
    – Teachers of agriculture and domestic science were added to the faculty.
    – A girls dormitory was built.
    – The James McConnell Hospital opened on the school campus.
    – A new brick building was erected by the WPA to house both elementary and high school classrooms.
    – A new lunch room was built.
    – A gymnasium was completed.
    – The last graduation ceremony for Farm Life High School was held.
    – Farm Life, Carthage, Vass and Cameron High Schools were consolidated into the new Union Pines High School.
    Carthage & Moore County Links:
    – Google Street View of Sandhills Farm Life Elementary School
    Reunion Apparel for Farm Life High School – Website of Sandhills Farm Life Elementary School
    – The Town of Carthage website contains a History of Carthage, Carthage Facts, details of the annual Buggy Festival and more.
    Moore County towns

    North Carolina ECHO (Exploring Cultural Heritage Online):
    Moore County, NC
    Carthage, NC
    Thomas Schoolhouse and Bellview School
    Carthage Museum

    Moore Co. on Facebook: You Know You’re from the Pines If…

  • (This group goes out to all of the Moore County towns in Aberdeen, Addor, Cameron, Carthage, Eagle Springs, Eastwood, Foxfire Village, Glendon, Highfalls, Jackson Hamlet, Jackson Springs, Lakeview, Lobelia, Pinebluff, Pinehurst, Robbins, Samarcand, Seven Lakes, Southern Pines, Taylortown, Vass, West End, Whispering Pines, Westmoore and Woodlake)