Elm City, Wilson County, NC
Population: 1,374 (2003 est.)
Incorporated: December 18, 1873
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.
Elm City Vikings Athletics
1964 – State Champs (def. Cobb Memorial, 6-1)
1974 – State Champ – Roundtree, 100-yard dash
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.
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)