Rocky Mount High School

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Rocky Mount High School
Address
1400 Bethlehem Road
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 27803
United States
Coordinates 35°56′31″N 77°48′29″W / 35.9418213°N 77.8080346°W / 35.9418213; -77.8080346Coordinates: 35°56′31″N 77°48′29″W / 35.9418213°N 77.8080346°W / 35.9418213; -77.8080346
Information
Established 1953 (S. Tillery Street)
2012 (Bethlehem Road)
School district Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools
CEEB code 343375
Principal Leondus Farrow
Teaching staff 76.50 (FTE)
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,310 (2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 17.12
Color(s) Navy blue and gold         
Athletics conference Big East 3-A Athletic
Nickname Gryphons
Website
[1][2]

Rocky Mount High School is a public high school in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Established in 1927, the school is in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools.

It is currently a member of the Big East 3-A Athletic Conference.

History[edit]

Public education in Rocky Mount began in 1901. High school programs were established in the following years, but did not have their own buildings until 1915, when the high school department of the Rocky Mount Graded Schools for White Children took over Edgemont School on Cokey Road and it became Edgemont High School. In 1927 -- with the construction of Booker T. Washington High School for African-American students on Virginia Street and the new Rocky Mount High School for white students on Marigold Street -- both races had separate, self-contained high school campuses. The (all-white) Rocky Mount High School moved to a new campus on Tillery Street in 1953 and changed its name from Rocky Mount High to Rocky Mount Senior High. Voluntary integration began in the early 60s when the first African-American students chose to attend Rocky Mount Senior High School under the Freedom of Choice law. A small black student population was maintained at Rocky Mount Senior High until the two schools were merged in 1969. The merger took place in enlarged facilities on the Rocky Mount Senior High campus. The old mascots, the Blackbirds and the Lions, were retired and the student body voted to adopt a new, combined mascot: the Gryphons (Griffins) -- mythological beasts that were part bird and part lion -- chosen from a list of student-submitted names. The former Lions' school colors of royal blue and gold and the Blackbird's former school colors of black and gold were also blended to form the new school's colors of blue/black (a dark navy) and gold. In this manner the two schools further cemented their union into a single entity.[3] The school officially returned to its older Rocky Mount High School name in 2004.[4]

Demographics[edit]

The demographic breakdown of the 1,310 students enrolled in 2013-14 was:

  • Male - 48.1%
  • Female - 51.9%
  • Native American/Alaskan - 0.7%
  • Asian/Pacific islanders - 1.4%
  • Black - 71.8%
  • Hispanic - 4.0 %
  • White - 17.3%
  • Multiracial - 4.8%

67.7% of the students were eligible for free or reduced lunch.[2]

Campus[edit]

In February 2010, the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education and the Nash County Commissioners combined to fund the building of a new campus for Rocky Mount High School.

The 240,000 square foot, $32 million facility has been completed on a near 61-acre (250,000 m2) parcel on the north side of Bethlehem Road - between West Mount Drive and Old Mill Road. The school's address is 1400 Bethlehem Road.

The school officially moved to the new campus on July 10, 2012 and it will open for students in August.

For the first time ever, Rocky Mount High School will field all of its sports programs on-campus - including football, baseball, and track & field.

The school was previously located at 308 S. Tillery Street and was opened in September 1953. Set on just 24 acres (97,000 m2) of land, it was bordered by S. Tillery St. to the east, Hammond St. to the south and Nash St. to the north.

Curriculum[edit]

Rocky Mount High School offers the IB Diploma Programme which has been available to students since 1999 and also offers Advanced Placement courses.

Rocky Mount High School integrated technology into its common core curriculum during the 2013-2014 academic school year after implementing the one-to-one initiative. [5]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Student groups and activities include American Field Service, art club, chess club, First Priority, French club, FBLA, international club, guitar club, key club, Model United Nations club, Quiz Bowl, science club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, student council association, and the Rocky Mount High School Band, a three-time Bands of America Grand National Champion.

Athletics[edit]

Rocky Mount High has had several successful athletic teams and has won 13 NCHSAA state championships - the last one in 2015 (football).

This is a list of those titles:

1962 4-A Football. 1963 4-A Boys Basketball, 1963 4-A Baseball, 1963 4-A Football, 1967 4-A Baseball, 1973 4-A Baseball, 1978 4-A Boys Basketball, 1980 4-A Baseball, 1982 4-A Boys Basketball, 2008 3-A Baseball, 2010 3-A Boys Basketball, 2012 3-A Boys Basketball, 2015 3-A Football

The football team played its games at the Rocky Mount Athletic Complex from 1988 until 2011.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco Systems
  • Mike Easley, former North Carolina governor [6]
  • Phil Ford, UNC basketball All-America, former NBA player, N.C. Sports Hall of Famer
  • Terrell Hudgins, NCAA record-setting receiver for Elon University
  • Kaye Gibbons, award-winning novelist
  • Buck Williams, Maryland basketball All-America, former NBA player, N.C. Sports Hall of Famer
  • Jim Clack, NFL Football offensive lineman/won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, N.C. Sports Hall of Famer
  • Danny Talbot, NC Sports Hall of Fame
  • Allan Gurganus, award winning writer and artist, Guggenheim fellow
  • Kay Kyser, big band leader and radio personality, 1930s and 40s
  • Bill Murray (William D. Murray), college football player, coach, AD (Duke University); College Football Hall of Fame

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rocky Mount High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Rocky Mount High". ed.gov. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  3. ^ http://rmhs.nrms.org/our-school/school-history
  4. ^ Stephens, Spaine (2002-08-14). "School names get makeovers". Rocky Mount Telegram. Rocky Mount Senior High will change over to Rocky Mount High School after the graduation of the class of 2004. 
  5. ^ "Rocky Mount High School". International Baccalaureate Organization. 
  6. ^ Bender, Jaime (2003-05-20). "Easley celebrates Nash Central". Rocky Mount Telegram. Easley, a former Rocky Mount Senior High football player who grew up just outside the city... 

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