James B. Dudley High School
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 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. 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.
- David Amerson, American football player
- 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.
- Marques Douglas, NFL player for San Francisco 49ers, attended Dudley High School
- DeMario Pressley, NFL player for Chicago Bears, graduated from Dudley High School
- 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.
- Vonii K. Bristow, starring role in Find a Way (2013) and role in Frat Brothers (2013), graduated from Dudley High School class of 2010.
- P. J. Hairston, North Carolina basketball player, transferred to Hargrave Military Academy for his senior year.
- Ronald McLeish Lee, internationally renowned fine art photographer with permanent collection at the High Museum of Art-Atlanta, and permanent installation at Gate E12 Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
- 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.
- Bluford Library. "Willie Grimes". North Carolina A&T University. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- "Jibreel Khazan (Formerly Ezell Blair Jr". The Greensboro Four. Video Dialog Inc. Retrieved 2008-01-21.