Enfield High School — Enfield, North Carolina

enfield High School, Enfield, NC
Enfield High School
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Enfield, NC
Halifax County
Population: approx. 2,300

Established in 1740, Enfield is the oldest town in Halifax County (from Town of Enfield website).

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Enfield High School
mascot: Cougars
colors: Red, Royal Blue, White

The school always enjoyed community support. The Rotary Club provided funds for the band to participate in parades and competitions. The Levon Theater allowed concerts to be held there.
The Enfield boy’s basketball team made it into the Regional Finals in 1981 before falling to eventual state champion Bunn High School.

Enfield timeline (extracted from the nomination form for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places)

1825 – Enfield Academy opened.
1839 – Enfield Free School opened.
1881­1888 – Halifax County built 17 public schools.
1895 – The Brick School was opened (grades 1-12). (see description from 1898)
1901 – Enfield Graded School opened (a one-story frame building, grades 1-12).
1917 Enfield High School, Enfield, NC – A two-story brick building replaced the original Enfield Graded School. (click image to enlarge)
1933 – The Enfield School District and Halifax County School District merged.
1948 – Construction was begun on a new Enfield Graded School at the end of Branch St.
1950 – New Enfield Graded School was opened. Classes began in Sept.
1951 – Brick gymnasium was added to Enfield Graded School.
– The Inborden School was opened (grades 1-12).
1952 – Concrete block agricultural building was added to Enfield Graded School. The roof was built by the Voc-ed students.
1953 – A one-story addition was added to the rear of the gymnasium at Enfield Graded School. It was used for music, lunch and storage.
1964 – Enfield schools were integrated. In theory, students were allowed to choose which school to attend.
1968 – The Inborden School became an Elementary School.
– Enfield Graded School became Enfield High School.
1970 – Metal building was added to Enfield High School for use by the music dept. and for storage.
1981 – [from EHS alum Lance Scott] – “Beginning of the 1981-1982 school year (my senior year) all of Enfield High School and Scotland Neck High School and part of Eastman High was consolidated into Southeast Halifax High School. The other part of Eastman High School went to Northwest High School. So, instead of having four high schools in Halifax County, we now have two.”
– Enfield High School became Enfield Middle School (grades 7-9)
1983 – [from EHS alum Willie Ray Hawkins] – “1983-1984 school year: Enfield Middle grades changed to 6th thru 8th;
Southeast Halifax High and Northwest High School grades changed to 9 -12.”
2007 – Enfield Middle School and Inborden Elementary School were closed in December.
2008 – A new consolidated Elementary School opened in January on Hwy. 481.
2009 – Plans were being discussed to convert Enfield High School’s main building and agricultural building into housing for seniors.


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23 thoughts on “Enfield High School — Enfield, North Carolina

  1. Actually, the 1982 information is not accurate. Beginning of the 1981-1982 school year (my senior year) all of Enfield High School and Scotland Neck High School and part of Eastman High was consolidated in to Southeast Halifax High School. The other part of Eastman High School went to Northwest High School. So, instead of having four high schools in Halifax County, we now have two.

  2. The conversion of the schoo to apartments for seniors is a reality. Does anyone have pictures of the interior of the school from years ago? These are needed for the restoration of the building. It is on the national historic register.

    1. Good News: Go to Google image search and type this: enfield site:www.braswell-library.org
      There are a handful of images that appear to be taken inside Enfield High School.
      Bad News: You can’t see the full-size images. Braswell Library has abandoned its project of digitizing Charles Killebrew’s photos, so they are no longer available online. The thumbnails on Google’s search results may only be available until they clear the cache.

  3. 1981-1982 school year: Enfield High School became Enfield Middle School (With grades 7-9).
    Southeast Halifax High and Northwest High School grades were 10-12.
    1983-1984 school year: Enfield Middle grades changed to 6th thru 8th.
    Southeast Halifax High and Northwest High School grades changed to 9 -12.
    I went to Enfield Middle as an 9th grader during the 1981 – 1982 school year. We were the last 8th grade class to graduate from Inborden Elementary School and the first 9th grade class to graduate from Enfield Middle.

  4. This is very interesting to me…Love it. I came to EHS in 1969 as a math teacher, Boys & Girls Basketball coach. We won MANY championships during my tenure as coach (1970-1981) The 1972 Boys team was 21-4. Bernard Vaughan was 1st team All-State. I was Coach-of-the-Year (done 13 times in my career). The 1978 girls team was 20-2. Paula Nicholson was All-State. The 1975 boys team was 21-4. Robert Knight was all-everything. Jesse Hilton in 1977 was 1st team All State in Basketball, baseball, football, and track. He went to ECU. I became Assistant Principal in 1977. I came back to Enfield Middle as Principal in 1987-88. I was named Principal-of-the-Year and we were named as the #1 middle school by the NC league of Middle Schools. Principals there included Michael Williams, Jeter Taylor, Linwood Simpson, Jerry Carter. I was Principal 1987-1994. I’ll be glad to provide more info and pics. I have a ton (I actually worked in that building for 22 years).

  5. A friend of mine is trying to obtain her high school transcripts from Enfield High, she graduated in 1994. Does anyone know how she would obtain this information now that the school has closed?

  6. In reference to 1964, when Enfield schools were integrated, there were six black students that integrated Enfield Graded School. I was the first Black to be admitted by the Halifax County Board of Education. On my sixth birthday, September 3, 1964, the KKK burned a cross in a field across the road from my home. We were, however, not intimidated.

    I was at Enfield High School (1972-1976) when Mr. Claude “Clutch” Cooper won some of those basketball championships. The gym was packed out every night, especially when we played Eastman. I remember Bernard Vaughan and Robert Knight who could jump out the gym. Robert was compared to David Thompson at NCSU.

    I was the starting quarterback on the 1975 football team. We were 5-1 in the conference loosing only to Gaston. 1975 was the first time Enfield High beat the Weldon Chargers who were the defending conference champions. Jesse Hilton was a the starting tailback as a sophomore (all conference), Joseph Boone (senior) was the starting wide receiver (all conference), Michael Johnson (senior) was the starting slotback and middle linebacker (all conference), Larry McDaniel (junior) was the starting fullback and nose guard (all conference), and Ronald Pittman (senior) was the starting tight end (all conference). I was offered a scholarship to play football at Davidson but I instead went to NCCU in Durham. Joseph Boone went to Cornell University. Ronald Pittman went to Shaw University.

    The 1973 football team went 8-2 for the season and was at one time ranked in the top 5 in the state for 2A teams. That team featured starting quarterback Kenny Demery, All-East tackle Jerome McDaniel, All-East fullback Johnny Mitchell, Ricky Clark – all conference linebacker, Richard Spann – all conference linebacker & guard, Carl Battle – middle linebacker, “Big Charlie” Whitaker – tackle, Donald Richardson – tailback (the fastest thing on two feet), and slotback Curtis Battle. I had to play second string quarterback against these guys in practice. I was glad to see Friday night come when they could hit the opposing team players instead of me!

  7. I am the current property manager at Enfield School Apts in Enfield North Carolina. The school has been converted into 36 beautiful apartments for seniors. The main 2 story building has 30 units and the agriculture building is 6 units. The gym is still in disrepair due to lack of funding. We participated in the 2nd annual Christmas Festival tour sponsored by Downtown Enfield Restoration and Preservation. Those who came were able to tour the halls and view the changes while they remembered their days here. The halls were filled with laughter and joy as former students and faculty voiced their memories aloud to each other. All were amazed at what they saw and remembered as they walked the grounds and enjoyed refreshments in what once was the auditorium and is now a beautiful multipurpose room.

  8. I went to the school for 4 year, I can’t say that I was the smartest or the best of a classmate, I can say that it was the best time of my life as one of the last graduates at the Enfield High School in 1981.

  9. Does anyone know what happened to the Inborden Elementary School Building that closed in 2007? I cant’ find an address for the former Inborden School anywhere online, only the current building that opened in 2008. The former Inborden Elementary School isn’t listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but I thought it was located on the same campus as Enfield Graded School. Very interesting history of the schools in Enfield!

  10. This is all interesting information for me. I am a former graduate of Enfield High School (Class of 1968). Would love to hear from former classmates. Please have them contact me at the email address above. Thanks ever so much, Bernie Emamali

  11. I believe the year 1968 is incorrect. I remember Enfield Graded becoming Enfield High School in 1970 (my sophomore year) That’s when I was reunited with many former students from Inborden. I went to Enfield Graded in 1966 (6th grade) with Marie Whitaker, Bernard Whitaker and Ronald Boone. There may have been others who integrated also in my age group but these were my classmates – teacher was Mrs. Yates In 1970, when the school became the high school, the majority of the white students, well almost all, went to Enfield Academy or other schools. I remember Martha Beavans remained at Enfield High and I always respected her family because they didn’t submit to racism. I remember a white co-worker at Schlage Lock Company, who was a former student of Enfield Graded, telling us how some white families were threatened if they didn’t take their children out of Enfield Public schools and put them in private schools when the 2 schools merged. I graduated in May 1973

  12. Enfield celebrates adaptive reuse of historic school
    The Daily Herald Staff Writer | Updated Oct 25, 2011

    ENFIELD — It was a time to celebrate the past, present and future at the dedication of the Enfield School Apartments.

    This former school — historic in nature — reformed into senior apartments was described as a model of adaptive reuse. The $6 million project, spearheaded by the Choanoke Area Development Association (CADA), was an effort to revitalize the school to be used for energy efficient, affordable housing opportunities for the senior housing market.
    All 30 apartments are already filled.
    U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson, was on hand Friday to congratulate CADA and its partners for the overwhelming success of the project. He was awarded a certificate of appreciation for donating a flag that was flown over the White House to the establishment.
    He, in turn, awarded a pen used by President Barack Obama to CADA Chairman of the Board Tyrone Williams.
    Williams, who attended school in the 1950 masonry Colonial Revival-style building, and who was a major figure in the restoration efforts, said the building holds many cherished memories. He hopes the new residents will create their own memories to cherish.
    He expressed his gratitude to all the project partners “in thought and deed.”
    Halifax County Commissioner Chair James Pierce said when he first heard the idea from Williams, he thought it was “bold.” The audience laughed.
    He said a lot of hoops had to be jumped through to make the project happen, “But it was well worth it.”
    Enfield Mayor Barbara Simmons greeted the standing room only crowd in the former auditorium.
    “Every time I walk into this place, I feel elated!” she said, adding the school had been a vital part of the community for many years. “When they closed the doors, I thought that was it.”
    Former educator and principle at Enfield School Claude Cooper told attendees, “Wow! It’s been a long, long time coming.” He explained the school housed the beginning of his 40-year love affair with educating students.
    He said he was there the first day schools were integrated.
    He remembers the tears when he left to go to Southeast Halifax in 1982, and the joy when he came back as principal in 1988. He said that year, Enfield School was selected the top middle school in North Carolina.
    He said as he looked out across the room at all the “big” alumni and former educators from the school, tears once again filled his eyes — these were tears of thanks.
    Later, at the prodding of CADA Executive Director Sallie Surface, Cooper shared the saying he reportedly drilled into the heads of all his students during his tenure.
    On rising from his seat, many alumni in the room joined him in saying “Better because we want to be.”
    The event was best summed up with a poem by CADA Board Member Joyce Bohannon, which described the history of the school through the eyes of the building.
    Bohannon described the school as proud, a place that once housed happy, bright and amiable students, but with age the school could no longer accommodate their needs. Fortunately, because its former students grew to be leaders, they found a new use for her, and now happy faces peer through her windows again.
    As Bohannon’s voice faded, the room fell quiet then erupted suddenly with a standing ovation.
    Surface was also given a standing ovation for her hard work and dedication in overseeing the project.

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