Rocky Mount High School
|Rocky Mount High School|
|1400 Bethlehem Road
Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 27803
|Established||1953 (S. Tillery Street); 2012 (Bethlehem Road)|
|School district||Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools|
|Principal||Mr. Leondus Farrow|
|Teaching staff||81 (as of 2009-10)|
|Enrollment||1,215 (as of 2009–10)|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.0 (as of 2009-10)|
|School colour(s)||Navy blue and gold|
|Athletics conference||Big East 3-A Athletic|
|Website||Rocky Mount High School|
It is currently a member of the Big East 3-A Athletic Conference.
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 1927 with the construction of Booker T. Washington High School for black students and Rocky Mount High School for white students. Voluntary integration began in 1963 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 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 for a new, combined mascot of the Gryphon. The school officially returned to its older Rocky Mount High School name in 2004.
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 and baseball.
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.
Student groups and activities include American Field Service, art club, chess club, First Priority, French club, FBLA, guitar club, Model United Nations club, Quiz Bowl, science club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, student council association, and the Rocky Mount High School Band.
Rocky Mount High has had several successful athletic teams and has won 12 NCHSAA state championships - the last one in 2012 (boys basketball).
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
The football team played its games at the Rocky Mount Athletic Complex from 1988 until 2011.
- Mike Easley, former North Carolina governor 
- 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
- Tom Smith, musician,inductee into Jazz Education Hall of Fame.
- 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 Talbott, ACC Football Player of the Year (1965), ACC Athlete of the Year (1966), N.C. Sports Hall of Famer
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