Gaston High School
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I couldn’t find any record of when Gaston High School opened or closed. I’m guessing Gaston students now attend Northampton County High School – West.
Sometime in the late 60’s or early 70’s, the school’s nickname was changed from the Rebels to the Lakers. Lakers was in reference to the lakes which were created in the area in the 1950’s. Lake Gaston was formed by a flood-control dam on the 400-mile long Roanoke River. The dam was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1947 and 1953. Just below Lake Gaston, another dam forms Roanoke Rapids Lake which is used to generate hydro-electric power.
In the fall of 1969, the courts ordered 100 students to be transferred from Gumberry to Gaston High School.
Here’s a nice article from 1974 about Gaston Alumni Lonnie Wayne Lassiter, when he was coaching baseball at Bowman High School in Anson County. He went on to become principal of Anson County Senior High School, then Superintendent of Anson County schools.
There are about 300 Gaston High School alumni registered on Classmates.com.
The Facebook group, “You know you’re from Roanoke Rapids, NC when…” really covers all of Northampton County.
The Gaston, NC Discussion Forum discusses news and topics about Gaston and surrounding areas.
“Chunk” Rook (GHS ’70) has been coaching football, basketball and baseball for over 30 years. Here’s an intersting bio from the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald.