Hendersonville HS Yearbooks Show Longstanding Community Ties

A young teacher sitting at a desk with a stack of papers in his hand. He is wearing a tie and suit jacket, and he seems to be laughing.
Tom Orr in 1972

More Henderson county high school yearbooks are now available on our site thanks to one of our newest partners, the Hendersonville High School Alumni Association. Included in this batch are 12 yearbooks from the Bearcats spanning from 1954-1972.

One of the main characters of this stretch of yearbooks is longtime teacher and alumnus Tom Orr, who graduated in 1957 and came back to teach at his alma mater after attending UNC Chapel Hill and Western Carolina. The HHSAA recently posted a scholarship announcement honoring his contributions to the school as well.

A black-and-white yearbook portrait of Tom Orr, a young, white man with dark hair. He is wearing a white shirt.
Tom Orr in 1955

Since these yearbooks span a few decades, you can see Mr. Orr back when he was still a student in 1955. Back then, he was on the business staff of The Red and White as one of the ad men. Perhaps this is what later inspired him to pursue teaching English as a career.

His obituary notes that he taught at the school for 32 years, and in that time, he received several teaching awards, both for English and Drama.

You can see the full batch of yearbooks here. You can also browse all of our digital yearbooks by location, school, and date in our North Carolina Yearbooks collection. To learn more about the Hendersonville High School Alumni Association, you can visit their partner page and their website.

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