Garland High School
Church St./Route 411
Garland, NC – Population: approx. 835
Colors: Blue & White
————— Links —————
– The Garland Group on Facebook
————— History & Notes —————
The first school in Garland, which was only one room, closed in 1890 and the building was moved to another area of town. A new one-room school was built that grew to three rooms.
On May 23, 1914, Dr. Charles L. Raper, Dean of the Graduate School at the University of North Carolina, gave the commencement address at Garland High School. His subject was The School and Farm Life.
Also in 1914, was this report in the North Carolina High School Bulletin:
Principal Fred R. Yoder, Garland High School
School building remodeled so as to give double floor space. Another grade added. Assistant high school teacher employed; music teacher also employed full time. Auditorium furnished with seats. Teachers’ desks bought for all rooms. Literary society organized and reading room established. Forty-five dollars raised at box supper for improvements.
The present building at Garland High School was built in phases between 1924 and 1926 and closed in 1980, merging with Union High School.
A wooden gym was built in 1932, the first gym in Sampson County. It was replaced by a new gym in 1973.
(Newspaper report Oct 15, 1973)The new gym replaces a wooden structure that was the first gym at a Sampson County school. It is expected that the old gym, built in 1932 will he razed.
(Newspaper report June 11, 1997) A fire that damaged the old Garland High School building Monday night started from faulty electric wiring and has been ruled accidental.
————— Basketball —————
Most points scored in one State Tournament game: 46 Bernard Coy (Garland High School) 1979 semifinal (currently tied for 2nd most points ever).
—————- Baseball —————-
Garland High School made it to the semifinals of the NC State Baseball Tournament in 1968, largely on the arm of pitcher Larry Smith. In that 14-inning game against Clement High School, Smith struck out 27 batters, the second highest strikeout total in the history of the State Tournament at the time.
In the same game, E. V. Spell, Clement’s ace pitcher, set a new state record by striking out 33 Bulldogs, sending Garland to a 1-0 loss. Smith’s 27 strikeout performance still places him 5th on the all-time strikeout list. Spell’s 33 strikeouts and the total of 60 strikeouts in the game still stand as NC State Tournament records.
———– Interesting and Notable Graduates ———–
Henson Barnes graduated from Garland High School in 1953. He served in the NC Legislature from 1974 – 1992. (Read full bio from The Bladen Journal)
Garland native Marianna Rich uses her upbringing in Sampson County to paint the backdrop for her novels of fiction. She grew up in Garland and graduated from Garland High School in 1972. (check out Marianna Rich’s novels on Amazon.com.)
from Billboard Magazine, Jun 5, 1943:
Wilma Irene Williams, 16-year-old daughter of Rusty and Dot Williams, tent show operators, graduated recently from Garland High School, Garland, N. C., and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Bren Au College, Gainesville, Ga. Wilma, who in 10 years on the road with her parents attended 265 different schools, studies piano and clarinet and does a song and dance specialty with her sisters on her dad’s show.
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