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.
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.
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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.