James B. Dudley High School
James Benson Dudley High School is located in the southeastern quadrant of Guilford County in the city of Greensboro, North Carolina. Dudley High School was founded in 1929 as the first black high school in Guilford County, in a school system segregated by law. The school was named for James Benson Dudley.
|James B. Dudley High School|
1200 Lincoln St.
|School type||Public, segregated 1929-1970|
|School district||Guilford County Schools|
|Principal||Rodney H. Wilds|
|Schedule||Traditional (Late August - Early June)|
|Hours in school day||Monday-Friday, 8:50 A.M. - 3:50 P.M.|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics conference||NCHSAA All-Metro 4A|
|Sports||15 varsity teams (7 male, 8 female)|
James Benson Dudley Senior High School and Gymnasium
James Benson Dudley Senior High School, September 2012
|Location||1200 Lincoln St., Greensboro, North Carolina|
|Area||3 acres (1.2 ha)|
|Built||1929, 1936, 1959|
|Architect||Hartmann, Charles C.; et.al.|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival, Late Gothic Revival|
|NRHP reference #||03000302|
|Added to NRHP||April 11, 2003|
The high school building was designed by architect Charles C. Hartmann and built in 1929. James B. Dudley Senior High School is a three-story, "U"-shaped, brick building with Classical Revival and Collegiate Gothic design elements. It has a one-story slightly projecting entrance portico with Doric order columns, a stepped parapet, and crenellated stair towers. The gymnasium was attached in 1936. A separate brick gymnasium building was constructed in 1959.
The school was central to the 1969 Greensboro uprising when school officials refused to recognize the validity of a write-in candidate for student council, allegedly due to his activism in the Black Power movement. In 1971 through desegregation, Dudley's student population integrated.
Today, the make-up of the school consists of a diverse student enrollment with a predominately African-American population. Dudley has a traditional education program as well as the Dudley Science, Math, and Technology Academy magnet program. The Science, Math, and Technology Academy provide high-caliber students a strong college preparatory background, which emphasizes mathematics and science along with sufficient writing, research, and technological skills. During their senior year, Dudley Academy Students attend classes on college campuses. Dudley won 2 back-to-back football rings. The school colors are Blue and Gold. Dudley High School has an Advance Vehicle Technology(AVT) Team that competes in an international competition called the Shell Eco Marathon.
- Elreta Melton Alexander-Ralston (class of 1934), first African-American judge in North Carolina, first black woman to graduate from Columbia Law School
- David Amerson (class of 2010), football player for Oakland Raiders
- Clarence Avant, music executive, known as "Godfather of Black Music", left Dudley in junior year (1947)
- Ezell A. Blair, Jr. (class of 1959), African American civil rights activist, one of Greensboro Four, graduated from Dudley High School
- Joey Cheek (class of 1997), speed skater and former inline speed skater, 2006 Winter Olympics gold medalist
- King Virgil Cheek (class of 1955), former President of Shaw University and Morgan State University
- Brett Claywell (class of 1996), actor, played Tim Smith on CW series One Tree Hill and Kyle Lewis on ABC soap opera One Life to Live
- Jeff Davis, football player, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1982-87 and Clemson, 1982 Orange Bowl champion; inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 2007
- Marques Douglas (class of 1995), NFL player for San Francisco 49ers, attended Dudley High School
- Beverly M. Earle (class of 1961), first black woman to represent Mecklenburg County in North Carolina House of Representatives
- Clarence Grier (class of 1983), college basketball player
- P. J. Hairston, North Carolina basketball player, transferred to Hargrave Military Academy for his senior year
- Will Graves, Maccabi Haifa basketball player
- Brendan Haywood (class of '97), NBA player for Charlotte Bobcats, graduated from Dudley High School
- Lou Hudson (class of 1962), NBA player for St. Louis Hawks, 6-time All-Star, graduated from Dudley High School
- Yvonne Johnson (class of 1960), first African-American mayor of Greensboro
- Debra L. Lee (class of 1973), President and CEO of BET Holdings, Inc.
- Joyce Martin Dixon (class of 1952), businesswoman and philanthropist
- Fred Neal (class of 1958), guard for demonstration basketball team Harlem Globetrotters and noted dribbler, attended Dudley High School
- Kenny Okoro, football player
- DeMario Pressley (class of 2004), NFL player for Chicago Bears, graduated from Dudley High School
- David L. Richmond (class of 1959), civil rights activist, one of Greensboro Four, graduated from Dudley High School
- Charlie Sanders (class of 1964), 2007 Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end for Detroit Lions, attended Dudley High School
- George Simkins, Jr. (class of 1940), civil rights activist, NAACP president
- Barbara Weathers (class of 1981), soul singer (with Atlantic Starr)
- Stahle Vincent (Class of 1968); three-year starter at quarterback or running back at Rice University, 1969–71; first African-American to play quarterback in Southwest Conference, 1969; rushed for 1,675 yards, 14th all-time at Rice; picked in 8th round of 1972 NFL draft by Pittsburgh, but ankle and knee injuries ended career after two seasons
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