James B. Dudley High School

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James B. Dudley High School
1200 Lincoln St.
Greensboro, North Carolina, 27401
United States
Coordinates 36°03′36″N 79°45′52″W / 36.0600°N 79.7645°W / 36.0600; -79.7645Coordinates: 36°03′36″N 79°45′52″W / 36.0600°N 79.7645°W / 36.0600; -79.7645
School type Public
Founded 1929
Principal Jesse J. Pratt
Enrollment 1,349
Schedule type Block
Schedule Traditional (Late August - Early June)
Hours in school day Monday-Friday, 8:50 A.M. - 3:50 P.M.
Color(s) Blue and Gold          
Athletics conference NCHSAA All-Metro 4A
Sports 15 varsity teams (7 male, 8 female)
Nickname Panthers
James Benson Dudley Senior High School and Gymnasium
James Benson Dudley Senior High School and Gymnasium (Greensboro, North Carolina) 1.jpg
James Benson Dudley Senior High School, September 2012
Location 1200 Lincoln St., Greensboro, North Carolina
Area 3 acres (1.2 ha)
Built 1929 (1929), 1936, 1959
Architect Hartmann, Charles C.; et.al.
Architectural style Classical Revival, Late Gothic Revival
Governing body Local
MPS Greensboro MPS
NRHP Reference # 03000302[1]
Added to NRHP April 11, 2003

James Benson Dudley High School is located in the Southeastern quadrant of Guilford County in the city of Greensboro, North Carolina. Dudley High School was founded in 1929 as the first black high school in Guilford County, in a school system segregated by law. The school was named for James Benson Dudley.


The high school building was designed by noted architect Charles C. Hartmann and built in 1929. James B. Dudley Senior High School is a three-story, "U"-shaped, brick building with Classical Revival and Collegiate Gothic design elements. It has a one-story slightly projecting entrance portico with Doric order columns, a stepped parapet, and crenellated stair towers. The gymnasium was attached in 1936. A separate brick gymnasium building was constructed in 1959.[2]

James Benson Dudley Senior High School and Gymnasium was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[1]

The school was central to the 1969 Greensboro uprising when school officials refused to recognize the validity of a write-in candidate for student council, allegedly due to his activism in the Black Power movement.[3][4] In 1971 through desegregation, Dudley’s student population integrated.

Today, the make-up of the school consists of a diverse student enrollment with a predominately African-American population. Dudley has a traditional education program as well as the Dudley Science, Math, and Technology Academy magnet program. The Science, Math, and Technology Academy provide high-caliber students a strong college preparatory background, which emphasizes mathematics and science along with sufficient writing, research, and technological skills. During their senior year, Dudley Academy Students attend classes on college campuses. Dudley won 2 back to back football rings. The school colors are Blue and Gold.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • David Amerson, American football player
  • Jeff Davis, American football player, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 82-87, Clemson - 1982 Orange Bowl Champion; Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007
  • Brendan Haywood, NBA player for the Charlotte Bobcats, graduated from Dudley High School
  • Charlie Sanders, 2007 NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end for the Detroit Lions, attended Dudley High School
  • Ezell A. Blair, Jr., African American civil rights activist, graduated from Dudley High School.[5]
  • Marques Douglas, NFL player for San Francisco 49ers, attended Dudley High School
  • DeMario Pressley, NFL player for Chicago Bears, graduated from Dudley High School[6]
  • Fred Neal, guard for the demonstration basketball team The Harlem Globetrotters and noted dribbler, attended Dudley High School
  • Joey Cheek, American speed skater and former inline speed skater. 2006 Winter Olympics Gold Medalist
  • Brett Claywell an actor best known for playing the roles of Tim Smith on The CW series One Tree Hill, and Kyle Lewis on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live.
  • Debra L. Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer of BET Holdings, Inc.
  • P. J. Hairston, North Carolina basketball player, transferred to Hargrave Military Academy for his senior year.
  • Kenny Okoro, American football player

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Jennifer F. Martin (December 2002). "James Benson Dudley Senior High School and Gymnasium" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  3. ^ North Carolina Advisory Committee on Civil Rights (March 1970). Trouble in Greensboro: A Report of an Open Meeting Concerning Disturbances at Dudley High School and North Carolina A&T State University. 
  4. ^ Bluford Library. "Willie Grimes". North Carolina A&T University. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jibreel Khazan (Formerly Ezell Blair Jr". The Greensboro Four. Video Dialog Inc. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  6. ^ http://www.nfl.com/player/demariopressley/1988/profile

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