Population: approx. 4,800
The town of Erwin was originally called Duke, after Washington Duke, who built the first cotton mill in the area. The town was renamed Erwin in 1926 and was incorporated in 1967. Erwin was known as “The Denim Capital of the World.” A 1993 newspaper report stated that Erwin denim plants produced over a million yards of denim each week! To celebrate their heritage, Erwin holds “Denim Days” the first weekend of each October.
Town of Erwin website
Erwin High School
colors: Red & White
Back when the town of Erwin was named Duke, the public school only ran through ninth grade. Tenth and eleventh grades were added in 1924 and the first (and only) graduation from Duke High School occurred in 1925. The following year, the town of Duke was renamed Erwin and the high school followed suit, being renamed Erwin High School. The school was originally located on the second floor of a downtown building before moving to its permanent home on 10th Street. Erwin High School closed in 1985 when it consolidated with Coats High School and Dunn High School to form Triton High School.
The Erwin High School football team made it to the State Tournament twice in its history. Unfortunately, they lost both games, but making it to the tournament twice is still a significant accomplishment.
– 1962 Lost to Jamestown in Region 2 Finals
– 1976 Lost to Franklin in State Finals
– Erwin High School Alumni on Facebook
Info from the Facebook alumni group: We have a group called The Erwin Goodfellas who meet for breakfast at Blessed Resturant on the last Wed. of the month.
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