Several new high school yearbooks from Mecklenburg County are now online on DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner institution, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Included are copies of various yearbooks around the county, all from 1967. The yearbooks contain individual school portraits, group portraits, and photographs of sports, activities, and their school groups.
To view the yearbooks, visit the links below:
Also new to our collection is a program from the 2017 Theresea C. Elder Trailblazer Awards Brunch, held in Charlotte. Created by Mrs. Elder in 2005, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Black Heritage Committee was formed to “research, collect and disseminate” historical information about the African-American community in the Charlotte Mecklenburg community. The 2017 brunch honored the Charlotte Post Publishing Company, the minority owned and operated news organization in North Carolina and South Carolina. The 2017 keynote speaker at the event was Mary C. Curtis, a columnist, journalist, national politics correspondent and speaker.
To see more from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, click on their partner page or visit their website to learn more.
From the 1951 Southern Pines yearbook, showing the new school building.
A new batch of yearbooks from Southern Pines High School are now available on DigitalNC, courtesy of new partner, the Moore County Historical Association. Included in this collection are over a dozen yearbooks from Southern Pines High School from 1951 to 1969.
These yearbooks give us a glimpse into what the high school experience was like for the students in Southern Pines at that time. These yearbooks feature individual and class portraits, photographs of activities, school clubs, and sports teams from Southern Pines High School, and more.
To see more from the Moore County Historical Association, visit their partner page, or take a look at their website.
From page 85 of The Elk 
The 1949-1959 and 1964-1968 editions of The Elk
, a yearbook from Elkin High School, are now available on DigitalNC thanks to our partner, Surry Community College
. Elkin High School
is located in Elkin, North Carolina, a town in Surry and Wilkes Counties. These edition joins previously digitized editions
of The Elk from 1947-1948, and 1960-1963.
The Alma Mater, from the 1951 yearbook
These yearbooks contain class photos, photos of student life, and photos of clubs, sports and activities. Some of the yearbooks contain fun extras like class prophecies, tongue in cheek “last will and testaments” from the senior class, and even the school song! Yearbooks on DigitalNC are fully text searchable, and are a great resource for genealogy.
To see more materials from our partner, Surry Community College, visit their DigitalNC partner page, or take a look at their website.
An exterior photo of Rankin High School, circa 1957
A new batch of yearbooks from Greensboro are now available on DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Included in this collection are nearly 30 yearbooks from schools across Greensboro during the first half of the 20th century. While some yearbooks are more sporadic than others, this batch does include the 1907 Annual from Greensboro High School, making it one of the oldest high school yearbooks on our entire website!
These yearbooks include individual portraits, class portraits, as well as photographs of activities, clubs, and sports. Some of the yearbooks also include notable events throughout the school year, poems dedicated to the classes, histories of the classes, and “class prophecies”, where the students imagined where they would be in the future.
A news clipping about the 1924 court case of the Greensboro Board of Education v. the Greensboro High School Senior Class of 1924
One of the most notable events found in these yearbooks is in the 1924 Reflector from Greensboro High School. In May of 1924, the senior class was actually sued by the Greensboro Board of Education, alleging that the class members had forfeited their right to graduate by reason that they had failed to maintain the high standards associated with the school. When one plaintiff was called to the stand, he said that he was “distressed with the high frivolous, jazzimated spirit of our young people. They are popularly known…as Teahounds, Cake-Eaters, and Flappers.” The jury delivered a verdict of “not guilty” to cheering and applause in the courtroom.
Follow the links below to browse the yearbooks from the schools included in this batch:
- Annual, 1907, Greensboro High School
- The Reflector, 1911-1930, Greensboro High School
- Garnet and Gold, 1941-1959, Rankin High School
- Sumner Echoes, 1947-1953, Sumner High School
- The Pilgrim, 1926, Greensboro Bible and Literacy School
- The Spotlight, 1948-1963, Bessemer High School
To see more from our partner who provided these yearbooks, visit UNCG’s partner page, or take a look at their website.
An exterior photo of Boyden High School (later Salisbury High) circa 1928.
DigitalNC is proud to welcome our new partner, the Rowan Public Library. Located in Salisbury in Rowan County, having their content online adds to our growing list of contributors who represent the Piedmont region of our state.
Their first contribution is nearly four dozen editions of The Echo, the school yearbook from Boyden High School in Salisbury. Stretching from 1921 to 1967, this collection covers a great transitional period in the school’s history. In 1926, the school had been renamed from Salisbury High School to Boyden High School after a new building was built. It used that name for nearly 50 years, until 1971, when it reverted back to the Salisbury High School name, where it still stands today.
Looking through the collection, it is fascinating to see the changes over time. While many of the first editions of Echo were smaller yearbooks, with the 1921 annual even calling itself a magazine, they expanded over time, including many more photographs and writing more about the students, their hobbies, and what they liked to do. For example, the 1940 yearbook includes a small note about how an overwhelming majority of the students prefer Glenn Miller’s swing music over all else, “accounting for the many jitterbugs.”
To learn more about the Rowan Public Library, visit their contributor page, or their website. You can also visit their website for the Edith M. Clark History Room. To see more yearbooks from across North Carolina, you can click here.
An exterior shot of Walter Williams High School in 1968.
A new batch of yearbooks from Alamance County is now available on DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, the Alamance County Public Libraries. Included are nearly 20 yearbooks from schools across Alamance County during the middle of the 20th century. This batch also includes a 2002 booklet to commemorate and reminisce about the Class of 1944 at Aycock High School, assembled by Rachel Hawkins Cole.
These yearbooks contain individual and class portraits, class histories, honorifics and photographs of school activities, class clubs, and athletic teams. Some of the yearbooks also include important or notable events throughout the school year, poems or songs dedicated to the class, and pages dedicated to certain classes.
The booklet dedicated to the Aycock High School Class of 1944 is also included. It details the history of Aycock High School, honors various teachers and administrative figures present at the school at that time, and includes photographs of classmembers taken from that time period. It also included a program taken from a commemorative service in 2002 where classmates were invited to come together to remember their classmates and time spent at Aycock High School.
Follow the links below to browse the yearbooks from the schools included in this batch:
- Dedication, 1942, Aycock High School
- Tomahawk, 1947, Altamahaw-Ossippee School
- Yan-Tat, 1950-1953, Bartlett Yancey High School
- Signa, 1966-1968, Eastern Alamance High School
- Wag, 1958-1960, Graham High School
- The Tiger, 1965, Jordan Sellars High School
- Southerner, 1966-1968, Southern Alamance High School
- Doe-Wah-Jack, 1966-1968, Walter Williams High School
- We-Hi-Wa, 1967, Western Alamance High School
- Class of 1944 Aycock High School Booklet
To see more from the Alamance County Public Libraries, visit their partner page, or check out their website.
The James J. Dallas home in Rockingham County.
The newest batch of materials from our partner, Rockingham County Public Library, includes two yearbooks, three books, a vertical file, several newspaper issues, and two short films. The yearbooks, from 1967 and 1968, were created by Madison-Mayodan Junior High School. The books cover the stories of Rockingham county notables John D. Robertson and James J. Dallas, as well as the Greensboro Telephone Exchange. The vertical file contains materials related to Smyrna Presbyterian Church’s centennial celebration, and the newspapers include more issues from the Fieldcrest Mill Whistle.
Lastly, video footage in this batch includes two films converted from 8mm format. The first shows the 1969 Madison Christmas Parade filmed in downtown Madison, NC. The second is a film created by Macfield Inc. that details their continuing education program for employees.
Serious student government officials seen in the 1968 Madison-Mayodan Junior High School yearbook.
To browse through the items in this batch, click the links below.
To see more materials from Rockingham County Public Library, check out their DigitalNC partner page, or take a look at their website.
Page 4 from the July 28, 1950 issue of Mount Holly News.
The cover of the Gastonia Music Club’s 1942-1943 yearbook.
A batch of new materials from our partner, Gaston County Public Library, is now available on DigitalNC. The new materials include club yearbooks, high school yearbooks, selections from the newspaper Mount Holly News, and informational pamphlets and programs.
The club yearbooks include yearbooks from the Gastonia Women’s Club from the 1920s through the 1960s as well as a yearbook for the Gastonia Music Club, and the Gaston County Medical Society. Other booklets include a program for the 1945 Annual Horse Show, the Lions Club Thirtieth Anniversary Program, and a Gaston Memorial Hospital Informational Booklet.
Selections from the paper Mount Holly News come from a commemorative bound volume created in 1970, and includes a few pages of each issue of Mount Holly News from 1950. The selected pages tend to include the issue’s front page and “Women’s Activities” section.
Yearbooks from the 1960s at schools such as Dallas High School, Mount Holly High School, Highland High School, and Hunter Huss High School are now available as well.
To see more materials from our partner, Gaston County Public Library, check out their DigitalNC partner page, or take a look at their website.
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.
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.