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New Tyrrell and Columbia High School Materials Now Available

Thanks to our partner, Tyrrell County Public Library, two batches of materials from Tyrrell and Columbia High School are now available on our website. The first batch features Tyrrell High School’s 1961 yearbook as well as the 1977 edition of Columbia High School’s Swamproots. Filling in gaps from our website, five new Columbia High School yearbooks from the years 1959, 1960, 1965, 1968, and 1972 are included in the second batch.

Photographs of Tyrrell High School's music groups, the Melowtones and Elowettes. Included with the photos are the names of the group members.

The Melowtones and Elowettes

The athletics pages featuring two children playing football.

Homecoming queens Vicki Jones and Janet Walker standing next to each other with flowers in their arms.

Homecoming Queens Vicki Jones and Janet Walker

For more information about the Tyrrell County Pubic Library, please visit their website.

To view our North Carolina African American high school yearbooks, visit our African American high schools collection.

For more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our yearbook collection.


New Chapel Hill High School Student Newspaper and More Yearbooks Now Online

DigitalNC is happy to announce that we now host 29 issues of the Chapel Hill High School student newspaper, Proconian, from the years 1944 and 1945. Along with the newspapers, this upload includes 3 Chapel Hill High School yearbooks, Hillife, from the years 1969, 1970, and 1971. This brings our collection of Hillife yearbooks to 42. We would like to thank our partners at the Chapel Hill Historical Society for making these additions possible.

The Proconian issues focus on high school life, often with attention to the Chapel Hill High School Wildcats sports events and highlights. Other school events and faculty are frequently spotlighted. As the issues encompass the end of World War II, there are brief mentions of wartime activities, such as students entering the armed forces and chemical warfare demonstrations.

Covering a completely different generation of Chapel Hill High School students, the Hillife yearbooks depict the usual fare, including photos of the graduating class, clubs, sports, and popular yearly events.

To view all the Hillife yearbooks, from 1925 to 1971, click here. To take a look at the Proconian issues by front page, click here. And to learn more about the Chapel Hill Historical Society, you can visit their home page here.


Horton School and Jordan-Matthews yearbooks now online

Two yearbooks from Chatham County Historical Association are now online, the 1970 Creations yearbook from Horton Public School, the Pittsboro school for the Black community  and the 1963 Phantomaire, from Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City. 

Page of a yearbook, featuring a picture of a hallway and a picture of students running

1970 was the last year that Horton High School graduated a class.  It became Horton Middle School the following year, in light of integration that was merging several white and black student populations in Chatham County.  Horton is named for George Moses Horton, an enslaved man from Chapel Hill who taught himself to read and was the first black man published in the south, with a book of poetry he composed. 

To view more materials from Chatham County Historical Association, visit their partner page.  To view more yearbooks, visit our North Carolina Yearbooks collection.


Freedman High School yearbooks now on DigitalNC

Thanks to our new partner, the Freedman Cultural Center of Caldwell County, 13 yearbooks from Freedman High School are now online. The yearbooks cover 1951-1965.  Freedman High School was located in Lenoir, NC and was an important center of the community. Freedman was a community of African Americans that was started just north of Lenoir in the late 1860s or early 1870s.  The school was started in 1932 and was the first high school for Black children in Caldwell County.  

Picture collage in the shape of 57

Collage from the 1957 yearbook

To learn more about the Freedman Cultural Center of Catawba County, visit their partner page.  To view more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit the North Carolina Yearbooks page.  


1949 Farmville High School yearbook now online

Thanks to our partner East Carolina University, the 1949 Farmville High School yearbook, Archway, has joined volumes covering 1960-1971 on DigitalNC.  To view all the Farmville High School yearbooks, click here and visit North Carolina Yearbooks to view all the yearbooks on our site.

yearbook spread showing two large group portraits

Future Farmers of America and Future Homemakers of America chapters at Farmville High School, 1949

To view other materials from East Carolina University, visit their partner page.  


More Yearbooks from Washington High School Added to DigitalNC

Snippet of a two-page spread in a yearbook. It features a full color photo of students on a beach against a bright blue background. Underneath the photo, in white text, it reads: The charm of the student at play.

Cover pages, Packromak, 1964.

Thanks to our partners at George H. and Laura E. Brown Library, we now have 24 new yearbooks available on our website. They are from Washington High School and span the years 1945-1969, giving substance to what was previously only one yearbook from Washington High.

Located in Washington, N.C., the seat of Beaufort County, Washington High titled their yearbooks Packromak. They replicate many typical features of U.S yearbooks, including photos of students, faculty, dances, and clubs as well as the traditional senior class last will and testament and superlatives.

Two pages from the senior superlatives page. Clockwise from top left: Best Personalities, Carol Adams and Mike Willis, the black and white photo shows them reading Life magazine with their faces on the cover; Best Dancers, Linda Jarvis and Tommy White, the edited black and white photo shows them dancing on a turntable; Biggest Flirts, Phyllis Warner and Oden Latham, the edited black and white photo shows Phyllis in a fishbowl while Oden fishes them out; Cutest, Kathie Salle and Skipper Hudson, the edited black and white photo shows Kathie riding a stuffed dog toy and Skipper poised to shoot with a basketball in his hand.

Senior superlatives, Packromak, 1960.

For a look at all 25 Packromak yearbooks, click here. For more information about the George H. and Laura E. Brown Library, visit their landing page here.


New Hanover County Yearbooks Now Available

Thanks to our partner, Cape Fear Museum, a batch containing new issues of yearbooks from James Walker Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Cape Fear Academy, Williston Senior High School, Wilmington High School, and New Hanover High School are now available on our website

Letter "M" created out of flowersHand-drawn looking face of a woman in 1940s hair and makeup. Text "Amazed Girl" below the face to the right.Letter "H" created out of flowers and cines.

 

Various images of students hanging out around campus.

To learn more about the Cape Fear Museum, please visit their website.

For more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our yearbook collection.


Haywood County Yearbooks Now Available

Thanks to our partner, Haywood County Public Library, a batch containing new issues of yearbooks from Bethel High School, Canton High School, Pisgah Senior High School, Waynesville High School, Tuscola High School, Clyde High School, and Crabtree Iron Duff High School are now available on our website.  This batch includes yearbooks from the years 1943 to 1970. 

The Mountaineer 1962 cover. A man holding a gun and a jug with "XXX" on it looking to be walking around.

The Mountaineer 1962 cover

Page filled with various pictures of students doing different things such as dancing, sitting together, helping each other.

 

To learn more about the Haywood County Public Library, please visit their website

For more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our yearbook collection.


West Badin High School Yearbooks Now Available

Thanks to our partner, Stanly County Museum, two batches containing West Badin High School yearbooks for the years 1955-1959 and 1962-1966 are now available on our website here and here. West Badin served the students in the Black community of Badin, NC until integration in the late 1960s.  

West Badin Administration Building. Text under the photograph reads: "The Blue Devil. Presented by the Senior Class 1959. West Badin High School Badin, North Carolina."

To learn more about the Stanly County Museum, please visit their website.

For more North Carolina African American high school yearbooks, visit our African American high schools collection.

For more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our yearbook collection.


1960 Johnston County Training School Yearbook Now Available

Thanks to our partner, Johnston County Heritage Center, a batch containing the Johnston County Training School’s 1960 yearbook is now available on our website.

Three pictures of a marching band - two on the field, and one of the members posing on the steps of the school.

Johnston County Training School’s marching band

To learn more about the Johnston County Heritage Center, please visit their website.

For more North Carolina African American high school yearbooks, visit our African American high schools collection.

For more yearbooks from across North Carolina, visit our yearbook collection.