Glory Days: Eastern Randolph

Glory Days: Eastern Randolph

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Eastern Randolph High School 1968-1969


ER1969 car and students

ERHS students pose for a photo by a car in the school parking lot shortly after the school opened in 1968

Eastern Randolph in 1968-1968

ER1969 principalThe 1968-1969 school year marked the first for Eastern Randolph. Much of the school was still not completed by the time the first day of classes rolled around. Eastern Randolph marked the combining of five small area high schools into one. When Eastern Randolph first opened there was no gymnasium. W.J. Taylor Jr. took command of the school as principal during the first year of Eastern Randolph. Much of the other faculty and staff included:
Guidance Officers  Carlos King and E. S. Thomas Jr
Librarian   Nancy T. Hampton
English Department Head    Wynona W. Langley
Math Department Head    Abram P. Brower
Science Department Head    Margaret U. Shaw
Agriculture and Industrials Department Head   Harold Snider
Business Department Head   Irene Frazier
Social Studies Department Head    William M. York Jr.

ER1969 basketball team

The 1968-1969 ERHS Basketball Team

The very first football for the Wildcats finished with a 5-5 record with some impressive wins over Jordan Matthews and Trinity. The Wildcats faced off against Trinity (W 18-14), Durham Jordan (L 0-14), Jordan Matthews (W 26-0), Mount Tabor (L 7-13), Southern Alamance (L 7-33), T. Wingate Andrews (L 7-13), Randleman (L 0-13), Western Alamance (W 14-13), and Reidsville (W 3-0). Head coach for the Wildcats was A.P. Bower. Senior football players included Johnny Ward, Boyce Goldston, Bobby McPherson, Chip Dameron, Terry Williams, John Lovett, Charles Ammen, Jimmy Johnson and Ronnie Cheek. There was no gym to practice basketball in, so the basketball teams had to practice and sometimes play in five different gyms around the area.  Bill Kirkman was the head men’s coach.  Mr. Whatley was the head women’s coach.



One of the first clubs at Eastern Randolph was the Future Business Leaders of America. Something surprising…. Look at this photo of the FBLA. All those pictured are women.  Perhaps it is a product of the late 60’s with the Civil Rights Movement and the escalating Vietnam War, but women are obviously looking more and more toward the workplace. I prelude to what will be very prevalent in the coming decades – women entering leadership roles in the workforce.

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