Covington High School — Covington, Virginia

Posted by DaveSanders | Virginia | Posted on May 9th, 2011

Reunion Apparel for Covington High School

Covington High School

606 S. Lexington Avenue
Covington, Alleghany County, Virginia

Mascot: Cougars
School Colors: Royal Blue & Gold

Links:

Covington Postcards

Old Yearbooks for Sale

Covington High School website

Reunion Apparel

History

The original Covington High School building was a two-story frame structure built in 1894. It was razed in 1916 to make way for Jeter Elementary School (which was demolished in the early 1970’s.) The second Covington High School was a two-story brick building constructed in 1913. When the students moved to the current building in 1939, the old school became the Covington City Hall, until it was demolished in the late 1990’s.

The current three-story building was built in 1939. One-story and two-story additions, including the gym, were added to the rear in 1962. A connecting “hyphen” and elevator bay were added in 1990. The original portion of the building was nominated for the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. The school serves grades 8-12.

Here are a few references I found to Covington High School in old books:

– The 1907 book “Alleghany County, Virginia” (produced by the Chamber of Commerce of Covington, Va.), contains these statements about the school:
The Covington High School is one to which all the pupils in the county, after having completed the work in the primary and grammar grades in their home schools may attend without paying any tuition. The graduates from this High School may enter without examination the University of Virginia, Washington and Lee University, Hampden-Sidney College, and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, Virginia.

– V. E. Ayre was the principal of Covington High School during the 1912-14 school year.

– The “Virginia School Report” for 1912-13 contains this photo of the old Covington High School building.

– State Senator Michael McHale Collins graduated from Covington High School around 1918-1919.

Virginia State Football Champions:
1942 & 1984

In 1978, Shelia Halsey set State Records for the 8-pound Shot Put AND the Discus. Her discus record has since been broken, but her shot put record still stands.

Other State Championships (For whatever reason, The Virginia High School League doesn’t list most records prior to 1980, so this list is almost certainly incomplete.)
1983 – Sean Ginger, Boy’s Golf
1991 – Demond Venable, Long Jump
1992 – Robbie Royston, Wrestling, 119 lb.
1995 – Chris Merrell, 3200-Meter Run
1996 – Jason Stanier, Wrestling, 275 lb.
1997 – Brent Young, 3200-Meter Run
1998 – Justin St. Clair, Wrestling, 215 lb.
1999 – Francis Caravagel, Discus
1999 – Francis Caravagel, Shot Put
2001 – Francis Caravagel, Shot Put
2006 – Patrick Driscoll, Wrestling, 152 lb.
2006 – Randy Phillips, Wrestling, 145 lb.
2007 – Emanuel Alfred, Discus
2008 – Chad Sizemore, Wrestling, 125 lb.
2008 – Emanuel Alfred, Discus
2008 – Emanuel Alfred, Shot Put
2010 – Chris Bowden, Wrestling, 130 lb.
1975 – Wayne Humphries, Boy’s Poetry Reading
Yearbook Trophy Classes: 1925, 1970, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979

Hall of Fame
1994 – Francis Albert, Coach
(Speaking of Coach Francis “Bootie” Albert, there’s this from the Lexington (N.C) Dispatch, May 17, 1956:
HEAVYWEIGHT EATING
COVINGTON, Va. (AP)— Jimmy Karides advertised all the shrimp anyone could eat for $1.35. For two weeks he made a profit on every meal. Then 33 of Covington’s biggest eaters visited his restaurant in a group—and ate 65 pounds of shrimp. Then they wanted more. There were no more and some eaters ordered steaks. The champion eater, to the surprise of nobody, was Bootie Albert, 285-pound coach of Covington High School. His score: 200 shrimp.

If you can add anything to the history (or just memories) of Covington High School, Covington, VA, please leave a comment below.