Duplin County Schools

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Duplin County Schools
Type and location
Type Public
Grades PK–12
Country United States
Location Duplin County, North Carolina
District information
Superintendent Austin Obasohan
Schools 16
Budget $ 83,831,000
NCES District ID 3701200[1]
Students and staff
Students 9,145
Teachers 609.09 (on FTE basis)
Staff 654.09 (on FTE basis)
Student-teacher ratio 15.01:1
Other information
Website www.duplinschools.net

Duplin County Schools is a PK12 graded school district serving Duplin County, North Carolina. Its 16 schools serve 9,145 students as of the 2010–11 school year.

Student demographics[edit]

For the 2010–11 school year, Duplin County Schools had a total population of 9,145 students and 609.09 teachers on a (FTE) basis. This produced a student-teacher ratio of 15.01:1.[1] That same year, out of the student total, the gender ratio was 52% male to 48% female. The demographic group makeup was: White, 38%; Hispanic, 34%; Black, 27%; American Indian, 1%; and Asian/Pacific Islander, 0% (two or more races: 1%).[2] For the same school year, 73.63% of the students received free and reduced-cost lunches.[3]


The primary governing body of Duplin County Schools follows a council–manager government format with a six-member Board of Education appointing a Superintendent to run the day-to-day operations of the system. The school system currently resides in the North Carolina State Board of Education's Second District.[4]

Board of Education[edit]

The six members of the Board of Education are elected by district in staggered four-year terms. The current members of the board are: Chuck Farrior (Chair), Hubert E. Bowden, Brent Davis, Pamela Edwards, S. Reginald Kenan, and Jennings Outlaw.[5]


Duplin County Schools has had a couple of people serve long tenures as superintendent. C. H. Yelverton was the superintendent from 1967 until his death in 1981. Upon his death, L. S. Guy, Jr., was named the superintendent.[6] He remained in the position from 1981 until his retirement in 1999. Tommy Benson was appointed in July 1999[7] and retired in 2006.[8] That year Wiley Doby (previously superintendent at the Rowan-Salisbury School System) took over as school leader.[9] Doby served until 2010 when a parents group formed to try to oust him. He declined to seek a contract renewal that year.[10]

The current superintendent of the system is Austin Obasohan. He became superintendent in 2010. Obasohan was previously superintendent of Selma City Schools in Selma, Alabama.[11][12]

Member schools[edit]

Duplin County Schools has 16 schools ranging from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. Those 16 schools are separated into five high schools, three middle schools, and eight elementary schools.[13]

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • Charity Middle School (Rose Hill)
  • E.E. Smith Middle School (Kenansville)
  • Warsaw Middle School (Warsaw)

Elementary schools[edit]

  • B. F. Grady Elementary School (Albertson)
  • Beulaville Elementary School (Beulaville)
  • Chinquapin Elementary School (Chinquapin)
  • Kenansville Elementary School (Kenansville)
  • North Duplin Elementary School (Mount Olive)
  • Rose Hill Magnolia Elementary School (Rose Hill)
  • Wallace Elementary School (Wallace)
  • Warsaw Elementary School (Warsaw)


According to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, for the 2012–2013 school year:[14]

  • East Duplin is a 2A school in the East Central Conference.
  • North Duplin is a 1A school in the Carolina Conference.
  • James Kenan and Wallace-Rose Hill high schools are both 1A schools in the Tri-County Conference.
  • The early college does not have athletic teams.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Duplin County Schools". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Percentage of Students in Each Demographic Group". North Carolina’s School Report Cards. NC Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2010–2011" (XLS). Free & Reduced Meals Application Data. NC Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Education Districts". NC State Board of Education. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Board of Education". Duplin County Schools. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Lanier, Joe (August 20, 1981). "Guy appointed Duplin school superintendent". The Wilmington Morning Star. p. 1B. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ Rouch, Victoria (November 19, 1999). "Duplin says schools fixed deficiencies". The Wilmington Morning Star. p. 2B. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Topsail Realtors give out awards". The Wilmington Star-News. June 6, 2007. p. 2. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ Buchanon, Brenda (February 3, 2006). "Duplin residents welcome new school superintendent". The Sampson Independent. 
  10. ^ Todd, Billy (November 13, 2009). "Doby wants out". The Sampson Independent. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ Todd, Billy (May 21, 2010). "Alabama school chief coming to Duplin County". The Sampson Independent. 
  12. ^ Jones, Eileen (September 4, 2008). "Selma Has a New Superintendent". WFSA. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Our Schools". Duplin County Schools. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  14. ^ "NCHSAA CONFERENCES 2012–13" (PDF). NCHSAA website. NCHSAA. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 

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