1511 Spry Street
colors: Garnet & Gold
Opened in 1924, Rankin School was built on land donated by J. “Al” Rankin. It housed grades 1-12 until the late 1950’s. The last graduating class from Rankin High School was in 1962. The site is now the home of Rankin Elementary School. Only the gym remains from the original Rankin High School.
In the 1950’s, Rankin played 6-player women’s basketball. 1960 Rankin alumni Ann Johnson still holds the NC State Records for most points in a season by a Freshman and by a Sophomore and is second on the list for her Junior year. She is second among the all-time career scoring leaders. She holds two of the top five records for single season scoring. In 1959, in two games against Ledford, she scored 72 points and 76 points. That same year, she scored 82 points against Nathaniel Green. To prove it wasn’t a fluke, she scored 82 again against Sumner.
Country singer Billy “Crash” Craddock got his nickname while playing on the football team at Rankin High School.
Herbert G. Waters (1895-1982) was the principal of Rankin for 36 years.
There are over 100 Rankin alumni on Classmates.com.
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