Two Savannah High School Eagles Have Landed

Five students sitting together on a couch and looking at the camera. All are dressed in business casual attire.
From the 1963 edition of Savannah High School’s The Eagle. From left to right: Dorothy Isler, Nettie Dixon, Alvin McNeal, Thelma Barnes, and Velma Sherrod.

Two editions of Savannah High School’s The Eagle—1963 and 1969—are now available in our North Carolina Yearbooks collection thanks to our partner, East Carolina University.

A student in a dress and blazer descending some stairs.
Dorothy Isler (The Eagle, 1963)

Savannah High School, located in Grifton N.C. in Lenoir county, was a historically Black high school (and sometimes middle school). Though the original structure is no longer used, the Savannah High School Alumni and Friends Association (SHSAFA) keeps the school’s community alive through a bi-annual celebration.

One of the recent SHSAFA events was a fashion show and dinner, which showcased the styles of several members and their families. Perhaps it was inspired by the “Miss Fashionetta Style Show,” another event documented in the 1963 edition of The Eagle. Dorothy Isler (left) is pictured in the “Senior Hall of Fame” since she was nominated as Savannah’s contestant for the event.

You can see both the 1963 and 1969 editions of The Eagle here, and you can browse our full collection of North Carolina High School Yearbooks by school name, date, and location. To see more materials from East Carolina University, you can visit their partner page and their website.

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