South Granville High School
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|South Granville High School|
|701 N. Crescent Drive
Creedmoor, North Carolina 27522
|School type||High school|
|Motto||"In partnership with the community, we will continually improve all educational services to prepare our students today for a successful tomorrow"|
|Color(s)||Light blue and white|
Located in Creedmoor, North Carolina in the county of Granville. The school of South Granville High was built in 1962 as a replacement high school for the already existing Creedmoor High (also located in Creedmoor; later known as the Creedmoor School). The Creedmoor School built in 1909 served as the grammar school for the lower end of the county as South Granville officially became the high school. South Granville served as school for grades 9-12 up until 1970 when the Creedmoor School (a former high school) burned to the ground because of an electrical fire. South Granville soon became the leading high school in the southern part of Granville County. To replace the Creedmoor School the county built Creedmoor Elementary School in 1972. Since the Supreme Court case of Brown vs. Board of Education the schools of North Carolina worked to become integrated. In Granville County this did not become true until late 1969. The black high school of G. C. Hawley (est. 1936) located a mile away from South Granville became the junior high school in 1970 taking the grades of 5-8 and South Granville became the high school with grades of 9-12. In later years South Granville became renowned for its academic programs and organization successes. The school became home to three subsidiary schools all contained in the same building thanks to the . In 2007 the school separated into three "small schools" the School of Business & Global Communications, the School of Health & Life Sciences, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. This caused a lot of community stirrup and protesting. After hundreds of complaints from parents, students, and teachers the Granville County School Board decided to discontinue the schools of Business & Engineering. The School is now known as the School of Integrated Technology and Leadership. South Granville has a very popular Athletic department, with many Sports. The Baseball Program at South Granville is one of the most popular in East Central North Carolina. Since 1964 the South Granville athletics has had a heated rivalry with J. F. Webb High School located at the northern end of Granville County in Oxford.
The school will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in the year 2012. A celebration is currently in the works.
Renovations and additions
The school was originally a small building with about a few hundred kids in attendance, but additions were made to the school over the years, as more students moved into the Creedmoor area. A new wing was formed onto the back part of the building in the late 1980s. In 1992 the school added a new entrance to the building (containing a lobby, auditorium, band room, restrooms, and auxiliary gym). In late 1998 the county added another wing to the school on the south end of the building which housed more classrooms. This was called the 'Science Hall' because it housed the majority of the science classes. In 2004 trailers were brought in to house the growing student population since there were no more classrooms to teach them in. Following the peak in attendance the county decided in 2008 to add an addition to the 'Science Hall' in which they would house the mathematics department. Along with the new addition a newer entrance was added as an administration wing. Thanks to the new addition and the opening Granville Central High School the school was able to shed 5 of the trailers as they were no longer necessary.
2005 Mercury scare
In October 2005, South Granville was closed for three days after two students stole mercury from an unlocked cabinet. They allegedly passed it around and took it home, potentially exposing dozens to mercury's toxic vapors. Health officials conducted air quality tests. Fourteen classrooms had mercury vapor levels higher than the recommended level by the Environmental Protection Agency. The officials recovered most of the mercury from the boy's house buried in his backyard. The two students were expelled from the school for the rest of the year, and the science teacher was suspended pending on board investigations (he was found innocent and retained his job). A month later school officials said a student found a small amount of mercury in a boy's bathroom. Teachers placed the mercury in a bottle and turned it over to emergency management officials. Officials said air quality tests conducted that night revealed "no evidence of additional mercury at the school."
2011 mold, asbestos, and pests
On March 21, 2011, the WTVD ABC11 I-Team visited South Granville High School after receiving reports of black mold and asbestos around the school. One mother said that her child was having asthma-related health problems that may be related to the black mold.
One classroom, which had a "Do Not Enter" sign on the door, was recorded by the I-Team. The video showed several floor tiles missing and asbestos where the tiles had once been. The tiles began to come up around September or October after water leaked from the ceiling and got under the tiles. After four to five months of complaints being sent to administration, the teacher and students were finally moved to a vacant classroom.
In this classroom, the air conditioning units were covered with black mold. Students had the option of turning on the air conditioner when it was too hot in the classroom, but chose not to because the black mold was thought to have already made several people in the room sick. Their only option was to open the windows and hope for a breeze. After nothing was done about the black mold for almost two months, a student's mother contacted ABC11's I-Team to investigate the situation. A recent report had claimed that the school did not have a major problem with mold. The report told which classrooms were checked. These classrooms were still in good condition on March 21. However, the majority of the classrooms that were not checked had minor to major amounts of black mold. Somehow, only the classrooms that complied with safety standards were checked when the report was done.
Also on March 21, South Granville's auditorium was closed to students and teachers so that it could be sprayed for termites. Aside from termites, cockroaches have been a major concern throughout most of the school. Reports of rodents have been received as well.
Vikings Kick Cancer
In 2010, the South Granville Vikings football team hosted the first annual "Vikings Kick Cancer" pink football game. The game is played in honor of the Cynthia Twisdale, who was a Business teacher and FBLA adviser. The first game was played against Northwood High School, and saw the Vikings wear donated pink jerseys, and northwood wearing black jerseys with pink trim. Police and school security officials also wore pink uniform tops. Before the game there were silent auctions, bake sales, and many more fund raising activities. The game also had many invited guests such as the NCSU Cheerleading Squad, Stormy, the mascot of the Carolina Hurricanes, and Wool E. Bull mascot of the Durham Bulls. Northwood also had fundraisers at their school as well and the team captains donated the check the Vikings team captains before the kick off. All together nearly $7,000 was raised and donated to the Play for P.I.N.K. organization.
- Total students (estimated) – 1063
- Male – 56%
- Female – 44%
- Total teachers – 60
- Student/teacher ratio – 18:1
The Sports Program includes
- Basketball (Men & Women)
- Soccer (Men & Women)
- Tennis (Men & Women)
- Cross Country
- Track & Field
- Golf (Men & Women)
Clubs and academics
South Granville is widely known for its many clubs and organizations. The school has charters in various organization such as Relay for Life and others.
- The Future Farmers of America FFA,
- Relay for Life
- Future Business Leaders of America(FBLA)
- Future Teachers of America (FTA)
- Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC)
- National Honor Society along with its subsidiaries
- Key Club
- Choral Arts
- Vocational Education
- Auto Mechanics
- Home Economics
- Visual Arts
- Student Council
- Theatre Arts
The South Granville Theatre Department has presented many Musicals and Spirit Concerts such as, Aladdin 1992 Disney Film, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Twas the Night Before Christmas and Saturday Night Live presents Celebrity Jeopardy with Alex Trebek & Sean Connery.
- William Jeffery Johnson – Left-handed pitcher drafted in the 6th round by the New York Yankees
- Matt Harrison – Left-handed pitcher drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 3rd round (#97 overall). He was traded to the Texas Rangers.
- Pratt Maynard - Third-Round pick Catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers