Littleton High School — Littleton, North Carolina

Posted by DaveSanders | North Carolina | Posted on March 22nd, 2010

Littleton High School, Littleton, NC
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Littleton High School, Littleton, NC

Reunion Apparel for Littleton High School
Littleton High School

411 Mosby Avenue
Littleton, North Carolina
“The Little Town with the Big Heart”

Year opened: ????
Year closed: 1975

nickname: Blue Jays
colors: Navy & White
 
 
Partial History of Schools in Littleton, NC

In 1849, Rev. Dr. William Hooper and his son-in-law, Prof. J. DeBerniere Hooper, opened a short-lived Family School for boys near Littleton.

In 1882, Littleton High School and Business Institute was opened. It lasted for quite a few years. In 1892, it had 5 instructors, 3 male and 2 female teaching 120 male students.

The Central Institute for Young Ladies in Littleton was incorporated in Warren Co. in 1883. In 1884 it had 6 teachers and 125 students.

Branson’s North Carolina Agricultural Almanac for 1890 lists Littleton High School (for boys) under Halifax Co. Schools. (The population of Littleton is listed as 350.)

Littleton High School was listed in the 1893 edition of the American College and Public School Directory.

The 1898 NC Biennial School Report lists Littleton Supplemental School, a one-room school in Halifax Co., but doesn’t list Littleton High School.

In 1907, an act was introduced in the NC Senate to authorize establishing a graded school in Littleton.

The 1909 Dept. of Agriculture list of agricultural schools lists the Central Academy in Littleton. (Is this the Central Institute for Young Ladies chartered in 1883?)

In 1922, Littleton High School in Warren Co. was listed as a “Group 2, Class A” school in the NC “accredited schools” report.

Alumni

There are about 200 Littleton High School alumni on Classmates.com.

Here are some Littleton High School 2008 Reunion photos from LittletonObserver.com.

Alumni Input
[This info was submitted by Taylor Hawkins, whose mother attended Littleton High School. Thanks, Taylor!]

The Littleton High School colors were Navy Blue & White and the mascot was the Blue Jay.

The school song was “Littleton Forever”:
Littleton forever,
Thy name we love;
Pride of our fathers
In this land of ours.
Come and join the chorus,
Proudly we’ll sing
Praises for Littleton,
Now let them begin to ring!…rah, rah, rah!

At one time the county line ran down the middle of the campus. The school building was in Warren County and the gym was in Halifax County. The historic Person’s Ordinary (on NC Historic Register) is on the campus grounds. George Washington spent the night in Person’s Ordinary.

The school building and auditorium are now home to the Lakeland Cultural Arts Center and the Mark E. Taylor Theater (community theater).

Please Help

If you have any photos, yearbook scans, corrections, memories, or additional info about Littleton High School, please leave a comment below. Your input will make this a much more useful and interesting page.

14 Responses to “Littleton High School — Littleton, North Carolina”

  1. Glen Newsome says:

    Littleton High School was closed in 1973 or 1974 due to a lack of funding. Prior to that date, the Town of Littleton and Littleton High School was split down the middle by Warren County on the West and Halifax County on the East. After a special referendum called by Littleton Town leaders, the Town was annexed in its entirety by Halifax County with the blessings of the majority of Littleton voters. The school had been funded by Warren County. However, after the voter referendum, neither Littleton High School nor the Town of Littleton were part of Warren County. Halifax County refused to fund LHS as it did not need another school, a fact which was not publicized by either the Littleton or Halifax County leaders prior to the voter referendum. We used to joke that we would play football and baseball in Warren County and take a shower in Halifax County (where the gym was located). Glen Newsome, LHS, class of 64.

  2. Glen Newsome says:

    LHS was a grade school as well as a High School. Grades 1-12 when the school was in operation.

  3. Lois Williams Gurkin says:

    Great to see LHS recognized. Great family oriented community.

  4. Jean Smith (Iris Parks class 1955 says:

    I believe the song “Littleton Forever’ should read pride of our fathers in lieu of proud of our fathers. You might want to double check.

  5. Angela Hamill says:

    Littleton High School actually closed in 1975. The graduating class of 1975 was the last class to attend LHS from first grade through twelfth grade.

    • DaveSanders says:

      Thanks, Angela. I’ll update the post with that info.

    • Booker T. Pullen says:

      Angela is correct, the last year of operation for Littleton High School was 1975. I am a proud graduate. I spent six wonderful years from the 7th grade through the 12th grade at LHS. I had many memorable experiences as a member of the football, basketball, and baseball teams.

  6. Wow! I see that one of my ancestors, William
    Hooper, established the first school in
    Littleton. My grandmother, Lucy Alston
    Ryder, was the daughter if Charlotte
    Hooper Alston & Ben Alston. If you check
    Bible Records for William Hooper, you
    will see her listed. Education was
    important to many branches of the family.

  7. JAMES G BROWN JIMMY says:

    MY FATHER JIM BROWN WAS FROM LITTLETON. THEY LIVED ON MOSBY AVENUE BESIDE OF THE BAPTIST CHURH. HE PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER 10TH 2013 AND IN GREATLY MISSED. I AM HIS SON EDDIE AND HE ALSO HAS TWO DAUGHTERS AND WIFE ETTA PLUS THREE GRANDCHILDREN. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

  8. Rendell Blount says:

    i am proud to be apart of the LHS fAMILY

  9. Rendell Blount says:

    I will never forget you guys

  10. Rendell Blount says:

    Go Blue Jays

  11. Cindy says:

    My parents attended Littleton HS in the 50s. Olivia Tant (anyone remember Tant’s Shoe Shop on Main St?), George Carter Jr. They met in school. My dad played football there. Later they got married and had 3 children. They were married for 55 years (my dad passed away in 2014). But I used to love looking at their old year books. I bet there were some great times back then!

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