Footballers of the Fifties Feature in Graham High School Yearbooks

A line of football players in helmets pushing each other playfully while one adult in a white jacket looks at them.
From The Wag, 1955

Even though this year’s football season has come to a close, there’s still more of the sport to be found in our North Carolina Yearbooks collection. Our latest batch of 16 yearbooks from Graham High School, contributed by our new partner, the Graham Historical Museum, gives a glimpse into some of the history of high school football in North Carolina.

This photo, from the 1955 edition of The Wag, is called “Jubilant Conference Champions,” since this team was the Eastern AA champion of 1954 and the runner-up to the state championship.

A list of football scores from 1949.

It seems like the 1954 Red Devils were a bit stronger than the 1949 team, which published its season of scores in the 1950 edition of The Wag. Even though the team was victorious against Siler City, Draper, Mebane, Hartsel, Durham County, and E.M. Holt, they also took some tough losses against Roxboro and Oxford. 1949 was also apparently the year that the team faced off against Trinity in the Hosiery Bowl.

You can follow Graham High School’s football team of old and get a taste of student life in the full batch of Graham High School yearbooks here. You can also explore our full collection of digital North Carolina Yearbooks here. For more information about the Graham Historical Museum, you can visit their partner page and their website.

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