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New batch of yearbooks from Union County now available

Winchester Avenue School’s Library Club in the 1965 Buffalo

A new batch of high school yearbooks, provided by Union County Public Library, are now available on DigitalNC. These yearbooks are all from Union County schools, and include Benton Heights High School, Fairview High School, Indian Trail High School, Walter Bickett High School, Wesley Chapel High School, and Winchester Avenue School. The yearbooks include individual and class portraits, photos of student organizations, senior superlatives and more!  

The Wesley Chapel High School Biology and Science Club in the 1951 edition of Chapel Hi-Lights

To view the new additions, follow the links below:

To learn more about our partner, Union County Public Library, visit their partner page or take a look at their website.


Dozens of Greene County high school yearbooks now available thanks to new partner, Greene County Museum

The 1958 Maury Mecca staff.

A new batch of yearbooks from Greene County are now available on DigitalNC, courtesy of our new partner Greene County Museum. Included in this group are eight years of Ho-Hi Echoes by Hookerton High School from 1953 to 1961, nine years of The Maury Mecca by Maury High School from 1952 to 1961, and over a dozen years of The Talisman by Walstonburg High School from 1947 to 1961. Also included is twelve issues of yearbooks by Snow Hill High School from 1949 to 1961, where the yearbook went through 3 different name changes in 6 years!

These yearbooks include individual portraits, class portraits, as well as photographs of activities, clubs, and sports. Some of the yearbooks also include histories of the classes, and “class prophecies”, where the students imagined where they would be in the future.

Follow the links below to browse the yearbooks from the schools, included in this batch:

  • Ho-Hi Echoes, 1953-1961, Hookerton High School, Hookerton, N.C.
  • The Maury Mecca, 1952-1961, Maury High School, Maury, N.C.
  • Memoirs, 1949-1952, Snow Hill High School, Snow Hill, N.C.
  • The Knoll, 1953-1954, Snow Hill High School, Snow Hill N.C.
  • The Yellow Jacket, 1955-1957, Snow Hill High School, Snow Hill N.C.
  • The Knoll, 1958-1961, Snow Hill High School, Snow Hill N.C.
  • The Talisman, 1947-1961, Walstonburg High School, Walstonburg, N.C.

To see more from our partner who provided these yearbooks, visit Greene County Museum’s partner page or check out their website.


Millbrook High School yearbooks from Olivia Raney Local History Library now online

New editions of The Laurel yearbook from Millbrook High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, are now online at DigitalNC. They span from 1955 to 1969, and were provided by our partner Olivia Raney Local History Library.

A photo of the Millbrook High School class of 1958.

Millbrook High School was opened in the fall of 1922. More buildings were added to it in the 1930s and 1940s, and it still operates in Raleigh today. These yearbooks contain student portraits, class portraits, sports photos, and photos of activities and school groups. They also have class histories, and class prophecies, where the students imagined they would be in the future. Like all yearbooks on DigitalNC, they are full text-searchable.

Click here to view the rest of the yearbooks from Millbrook High School. To learn more about the Olivia Raney Local History Library, visit their partner page and take a look at their website.


New Yearbooks from Johnston County Heritage Center Now Online

Several yearbooks from various high schools in Johnston County are now online at DigitalNC, provided by our partner, the Johnston County Heritage Center. Included are editions of The Pine Needle from 1952-1965 by Pine Level High School, and editions of The Senoca from 1926, 1961, and 1963 by Selma High School.

A view of Pine Level High School in 1960.

Views of Selma High School and the town of Selma in 1926.

These yearbooks contain student portraits, class portraits, and photos of school groups, sports, and activities. Several of The Pine Needle editions also have “Class Prophecies”, where the students imagined where they would be in the future. The 1926 edition of The Senoca also has a history of the town of Selma, North Carolina, and includes some details on the school’s history after its previous building burned down. These yearbooks join other previously digitized yearbooks from these schools.

To view more materials from Johnston County Heritage Center, visit their partner page, or take a look at their website.

 


New Yearbooks from Granville County Public Library Now Online

A 10th grade typing class in 1967 at the G.C. Shaw High School class in Stovall, N.C.

Several new high school yearbooks from Granville County are now online on DigitalNC, provided by our partner Granville County Public Library. Included are two years of The Hornet by G.C. Hawley High School from 1967 and 1968, the 1967 Pep Pac by Henderson High School, the 1967 Wildcat by J.F. Webb High School, and the 1967 The Pirate by G.C. Shaw High School. The yearbooks contain individual school portraits, group portraits, and photographs of sports, activities and school groups.

A collage of the 1967 senior class officers at G.C. Hawley High School.

 

To view the yearbooks, visit the links below:

To learn more about Granville County Public Library, visit their partner page or take a look at their website.


The 14th Street School and more from Forsyth County Public Library

Photo in the 14th Street School scrapbook showing classes in front of the school.

Practicing trumpet for the school band in the 14th Street School Scrapbook.

A batch of new materials from Forsyth County Public Library are now available on DigitalNC. Included are two scrapbooks, one from the 14th Street School in Winston-Salem and one from the Society for the Study of Afro-American History in Winston-Salem. Also included are materials from the Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center and the East Winston Branch Library, and yearbooks from St. Anne’s Academy and Atkins High School.

The 14th Street School educated African-American students in Forsyth County from its founding in 1924 through the 1970s. This scrapbook collects photographs of student activities and events. Included are photographs of sports teams, the school band, dance performances, and class portraits. The 14th Street School acted as a community hub and created lasting bonds within its student body which remain strong to this day. Despite its closure, alumni continue to hold reunions and advocate for the school as an important part of Winston-Salem history.

Additionally a scrapbook from the Society for the Study of Afro-American History in Winston-Salem (now called the Society for the Study of African American History in Winston Salem) collects calendars created from 1989 through 1997. These calendars include images and write-ups of Winston-Salem history and events as well as photographs and information about Society events.

A page of the 1989 calendar by the Society for the Study of Afro-American History showing a reunion of the 14th Street School classes of 1931-1939.

The Maroon and Gold 1948-1949 yearbook from Atkins High School and The Annette 1952 yearbook from St. Anne’s Academy are also now available. Atkins High School was founded in 1930 for African-American students in Winston-Salem. The school was named for Dr. Simon Green Atkins, the founder and first president of Winston-Salem University. Dr. Atkins was born into slavery in 1863 on a farm in North Carolina but was able to receive a public education after the end of the Civil War. He went on to attend St. Augustine College and subsequently dedicated his life to improving education for African Americans.

To see these and the other items from this batch of materials, visit the links below.

To see other materials from Forsyth County Public Library visit their partner page or take a look at their website.

The 1948-1949 14th Street School basketball team as seen in the scrapbook.

 


New Additions to Rockingham County Legacy Exhibit Incude Garden Club Yearbooks, Scrapbooks, and More

The cover of Bicentennial: North Carolina History Volume 1

The Stoneville Garden Club song printed in the 1952-1953 garden club yearbook

The newest batch of materials from our partner Rockingham County Public Library includes 3 scrapbooks, over 20 garden club yearbooks, 3 school yearbooks, and more. The scrapbooks are comprised of news clippings pertaining to the National Bicentennial Celebration of North Carolina Independence that took place from 1975-1976. Each volume collects articles chronologically in the order that they were published.

The garden club yearbooks document the Stoneville Garden Club from 1937-1999. These yearbooks feature lists of the year’s officers, committees, programs, and the club’s constitution. The yearbooks also feature the club’s song which starts “Plant a Shrub, a Flower, a Tree!” and decorative covers in the club’s colors–pink and green.

The cover of the 1937 club yearbook

Also included in this batch are the 1939 and  1940 editions of The Pilot by Leaksville High School and the 1944 edition of The Crest by Draper High School.

To see all of the materials in the Rockingham County Legacy exhibit, visit the exhibit’s homepage. To learn more about Rockingham County Public Library visit their partner page or take a look at their website.


Yearbooks and city directories for Cumberland County now available

Page 56 from the 1969 Smithsonian

A superlative from the 1963 LAFAMAC

14 more Fayetteville yearbooks and 12 more city directories from our partner Cumberland County Public Library are now available on DigitalNC. The yearbooks include 7 editions of The LAFAMAC by Fayetteville High School from 1963-1969, and 7 editions of The Smithsonian by E. E. Smith Senior High School from 1956, 1963, 1964, and 1966-1969. These yearbooks join previously digitized editions. The city directories in this batch cover Fayetteville from 1937, 1939, 1941, 1954-1955, 1957, and 1963-1969.

The LAFAMAC shows a glimpse at student life at the primarily white Fayetteville High School (now called the Terry Sanford High School) with The Smithsonian doing the same at the primarily black E. E. Smith Senior High School. Both yearbooks include student portraits, superlatives, events, and activities. Both schools continue to serve the Fayetteville area today.

To browse through materials from Cumberland County Public Library take a look at their partner page. To learn more about Cumberland County Public Library visit their website.


More than 60 high school yearbooks added to DigitalNC

Faculty portraits in the 1963 Longhorn by Woodington High School.

More than 60 high school yearbooks provided by Eastern Carolina University are now up on DigitalNC. The schools represented are located across central and eastern North Carolina and include schools from Pitt County, Franklin County, Stokes County, Washington County, Hertford County, Lenoir County, Martin County, Halifax County, Wilson County, and Johnston County. The dates of these yearbooks range from 1927-1970. Together, they give an overview of secondary education across the state, with many of the editions covering the time surrounding desegregation efforts. These yearbooks include individual and class portraits as well photographs documenting activities, clubs, sports, and academics.

Senior portraits from the Kay Aitch Ess 1927 yearbook by Grainger High School

Follow the links below to browse yearbooks from the schools included in this batch:

To see more materials from our partner who provided these yearbooks, visit East Carolina University’s partner page, or take a look at their website.


Two decades of yearbooks from newest partner Johnston Community College

The Practical Nurse Club in the 1972 edition of Retrospect

Yearbooks from Johnston Community College are now available on DigitalNC. These yearbooks date from 1972-1992 and follow the school’s shift in focus from a technical institute to a community college. Johnston Community College, first called Johnston County Technical Institute, was established in 1969 and became a community college in 1987.  JCC is located 30 miles east of Raleigh and offers a range of degrees and certificates in fields such as health science, business, and education.

Image from the 1992 edition of Retrospect

The Retrospect yearbooks give a glimpse of student life at the school and document clubs, activities, events, and academic programs. The earlier yearbooks feature sports like basketball and cheerleading, and clubs like the Practical Nurse Club and the Business Club. Later yearbooks feature a greater range of activities including Floriculture Design Club, Art Club, and many more. This change reflects an increase in student body and growth in programmatic offerings through the years.

To browse these yearbooks, click here. To learn more about Johnston Community College take a look at their partner page, or visit their website.