Richard J. Reynolds High School
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|Richard J. Reynolds High School|
|301 N. Hawthorne Road
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
|Oversight||Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools|
|Conference||4-A; Central Piedmont Conference|
High standards, diverse community. Historically recognized location. National Historic Registry.
Richard J. Reynolds High School and Richard J. Reynolds Memorial Auditorium
|Location||301 Hawthorne Rd., Winston-Salem, North Carolina|
|Area||27.4 acres (11.1 ha)|
|Architect||Keen, Charles Barton|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Early 20th-century industrial|
|NRHP Reference #||90002139|
|Added to NRHP||January 11, 1991|
Richard J. Reynolds High School now the Richard J. Reynolds Magnet School for the Visual and Performing Arts (often simply R. J. Reynolds High School or Reynolds) is a high school in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Named for R. J. Reynolds, the founder of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the school opened in 1923. The school colors are black and gold, and the school's mascot is a Demon.
Made possible through the philanthropy of Katherine Smith Reynolds-Johnston, the widow of R. J. Reynolds and the mother of Zachary Smith Reynolds, who donated the land for the School and the Auditorium.
The School and Auditorium sit on a piece of land known as "Society Hill". The complex consists of five buildings, three of which are contributing buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. They are the High School Building (1922-1923), the Power House (1923), and the Auditorium (1923-1924). They were designed in the late 1910s by architect Charles Barton Keen of Philadelphia and built as part of a single project.
Original plans for the School included two grand school buildings sitting on either side of an Auditorium. Construction on the School began in 1919, under the direction of Reynolda House architect Charles Barton Keen. The first classroom building was finished in 1923, but construction on the second building was delayed and eventually abandoned after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. In the early 1990s, the high school building was thoroughly renovated and restored to its original appearance with some modern updating (e.g., a computer lab to replace the former language lab, and central air-conditioning).
The R. J. Reynolds Memorial Auditorium is on the campus and is often used for school functions. The auditorium was constructed in 1924, and a formal opening was held the same year, with Harry Houdini performing. An extensive renovation was completed in 2003. A customized acoustical shell was added to Reynolds Auditorium in 2009.
A fine arts/performing arts building, named the Judy Voss Jones Arts Center for a member of the class of 1968, is on the campus between the R. J. Reynolds Memorial Auditorium and Hawthorne Road. Reynolds became a magnet school for the arts in fall of 2007.
R. J. Reynolds is a long-time chief rival of the nearby Mount Tabor High School. This rivalry is fed by the fact that many students developed friendships across school lines. The schools are close enough that neighborhood friends often wind up split between the two schools.
More recently, a rivalry has formed between Reynolds and the new Reagan High School due to several students and teachers having left Reynolds to attend or teach at Reagan, including former principal Stan Elrod, and former basketball head coach Howard West.
From March 30-April 2, 2007, the R. J. Reynolds Key Club, along with several R. J. Reynolds Junior Civitan members, played a basketball game for 72 consecutive hours to raise money for UNICEF, breaking the Guinness World Record although the Record is not recognized by Guinness.
Notable graduates include:
- Richard Burr – United States Senator
- Carter Covington – television writer and producer
- Kenny Duckett – former NFL wide receiver
- Mitch Easter – Musician, record producer
- Ben Folds – Musician
- Mary Garber – Class of 1933, Pioneer female sportswriter, inductee National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame
- Lois Patricia (Peaches) Golding — High Sheriff of Bristol, England, 2010-11.
- Tommy Gregg – former Atlanta Braves outfielder
- Julianna Guill – Actress, appeared on One Tree Hill and the 2009 Friday the 13th
- George Hamilton IV, Country music singer, member of the Grand Ole Opry
- Othello Hunter – The Ohio State University and Atlanta Hawks basketball player
- Burgess Jenkins – Actor, currently playing Billy Abbot on The Young and the Restless. Also appeared in Remember the Titans and One Tree Hill 
- Marc Johnson – former professional skateboarder and recipient of Thrasher Magazine's 2007 Skater of the year award.
- Anthony Levine – Professional football player, currently with the Baltimore Ravens
- Melissa McBride – Actress, currently plays Carol on The Walking dead
- Stuart Scott – former ESPN anchor, sportscaster and media personality
- Reyshawn Terry – former North Carolina Tar Heels and Dallas Mavericks basketball player
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