Ellerbe, North Carolina
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 High School
128 W Ballard Street
Ellerbe, NC 28338
colors: Maroon & Gold
There are about 200 Ellerbe High School alumni signed up at Classmates.com.
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:
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.
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