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