Garland High School — Garland, North Carolina

Garland High School building, Garland, NC
Garland High School
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Garland High School

Church St./Route 411
Garland, NC – Population: approx. 835
Sampson County

Mascot: Bulldogs
Colors: Blue & White

————— Links —————

The Garland Group on Facebook

Garland photos

————— 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.

Reunion Apparel for Garland High School
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 —————-

(Good News)
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.

(Bad News)
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

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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9 thoughts on “Garland High School — Garland, North Carolina

    1. Greetings!
      Good to see and hear from everyone! It has been too long!!!!
      I see all the activity on this website and wondered about the happenings on October 2nd & 3rd? Did you know there was an All School Reunion the next weekend, October 9th at Union High School from 11AM until?
      My life has had some pretty dramatic changes since high school. I have 3 beautiful children, 2 grandchildren, and 2 twin boy grandchildren on the way! Kenneth, my boyfriend from high school, became my companion for what I planned to be life, but was not to be. He was killed in a gun accident on March 30, 2008 so I am basically on my own. Work, children, and grandchildren are my biggest priorities. I am the Administrator of Bladen Healthcare, LLC Practices for Cape Fear Valley in Elizabethtown, NC where Dr. Robert L. Rich, Jr. is the Medical Director! “Who’d thunk it??????”
      Please let me know and I look forward to continue communication. Note the e-mail address used for me is my work address so if you respond to this one I hopefully, by then, will have it redirected to home. The office is having a computer upgrade in 35 minutes and my home e-mail is temporarily out of service. I hope to have this corrected this weekend.

  1. Thanks for sharing. I definitely remember that heartbreak game between Garland HS Bulldogs and the Clement Rebels.


    George T. Riley (Tommy)

  2. I look forward to seeing old classmates at the reunion. We had some very good times there as well as funny, sad, confusing ,but what a blessing to have attended a fantastic school like Garland High School

  3. What a wonderful time I had growing up in Garland and having such great friends, classmates, and teachers at GHS. I have some of the fondest memories of that time and wouldn’t trade those days for anything. As a Freshman I was the starting left fielder for our baseball team and remember with detail and clarity that 14 inning baseball masterpiece. Larry Smith and E.V. Spell from Clement were “machines” that night, both were absolutely masterful. Each team played splendid defense, when we had the opportunity to do so! It was a hearbreaking moment when Clement finally scored in the bottom of the 14th at 12:30 AM winning 1-0. I’m proud to have been a part of that history making game, and prouder still of being a team mate with so many terrific ball players and friends. Go Bulldogs!

    Ken Anderson
    Class of 71
    Wichita, Kansas

  4. I went to school in garland while living with my grandmother during the years 1974 to 1979. My best friend’s name was Kenneth Oliver; my girlfriend’s name was Brenda Norris. Just was wondering what became of everybody.

  5. Just an update on the 14 inning baseball championship game between Garland vs Clement which took place on May 7, 1968, sadly the pitcher for Clement E.V. Spell who struck out 33 batters (still a state record) passed away on October 17, 2003 as a result of his battle with cancer, he was 53 years old. He was the best pitcher I ever faced and struck me out five times in that game, his fastball and slider were unhittable. May he rest in eternal peace.

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