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Chapel Hill High School Reunion

by Charly Mann

Even though high school is not always the best part of our lives, it is a time many former Chapel Hillians look back on nostalgically. While some of us focused on academics, the majority of people I have spoken to from Chapel Hill High School classes between 1948 and 2006 recall their high school years as a time they were most concerned with just enjoying life, which included the pleasures of the opposite sex, music, alcohol, drugs, and just hanging out with friends. I also found a minority who said their time in high school was hard and they suffered because they could not fit in. While they had some good times in those years, their overall experience was not happy. Thankfully all of the members of that minority who went on to college said that was where the fun began in life for them. Several of these people went on to say that the only reason they look forward to their Chapel Hill High School class reunions was to see if they still hated the same people they did in high school. High school was a wonderful time for me. It was the easiest time for me to make great friends, and I had a lot of time to socialize and not take life too seriously.


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sleehrat1      7:22 PM Thu 8/11/2011

I attended school is these two buildings for all but three years. I went to Glenwood Elementary for the 6th grade, Phillips for the 9th grade, and the "new" CHHS for my senior year. I was in the first graduating class at the new high school. 1967.

Lee Wagoner      12:28 PM Thu 7/28/2011

The Wildcat nickname was the original mascot for CHHS. The name was changed around 1969 or so by a vote of the students at the school. Tigers had been the name of Lincoln High, the historically all-black school that lost all it&#39;s identity when it merged with Chapel Hill High School. Some school board members were not pleased with the change and chose the Wildcat mascot when ECHHS came into being. <br \><br \>The school in the background in the photo was known as Franklin Street Elementary School. I attended there in first grade and fifth grade (fifth grade was 1963-64).

Kevin Taylor      11:08 AM Thu 7/28/2011

In 1963 the school board opened Guy B. Phillips Junior High School - the first integrated school in the system and students from the old white and black junior high schools all went to guy B. So at that time, the &quot;building in the rear&quot; in the photo above became an elementary school. I attended 4th grade there in 1963 before moving to Estes Hills Elementary in 1964.<br \><br \>-Kevin Taylor<br \>CHHS class of &#39;72

Kurt Clark      10:28 PM Wed 7/27/2011

Why is it that the other Chapel Hill high school was given such a boring name - East Chapel Hill High School? I would think with all the great current and former residents of town they could have found someone to honor in naming the school. And then their mascot is also so similar - a wildcat instead of a tiger.

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Chapel Hill is located on a hill whose only distinguishing feature in the 18th century was a small chapel on top called New Hope Chapel. This church was built in 1752 and is currently the location of The Carolina Inn. The town was founded in 1819, and chartered in 1851.



What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.

-- Charles Kuralt



Dark Side of the Hill -- Pink Floyd, the creators of the most popular album in history, Dark Side of the Moon, took the second half of their name from Floyd Council, a Chapel Hill native, and great blues singer and guitarist. He once belonged to a group called "The Chapel Hillbillies".



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There would probably be no Chapel Hill if the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees in 1793 had not chosen land across from New Hope Chapel for the location of the university. By 1800 there were about 100 people living in thirty houses surrounding the campus.



The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.





The University of North Carolina was closed from 1870 to 1875 because of lack of state funding.





William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.



The official name of the Arboretum on the University of North Carolina campus is the Coker Arboretum. It is named after Dr. William Cocker, the University's first botany professor. It occupies a little more than five acres. It was founded in 1903.



Chapel Hill's main street has always been called Franklin Street. It was named after Benjamin Franklin in the early 1790s.



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Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill Junior High were on Franklin Street in the same location as University Square until the mid 1960s.



The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.



Sutton's Drugstore, which opened in 1923, has one of the last soda fountains in the South. It is one of the few businesses remaining on Franklin Street that was in operation when I was growing up in the 1950s.



Future President Gerald Ford lived in Chapel Hill twice. First when he was 24, in 1938, he took a law couse in summer school at UNC. He lived in the Carr Building, which was a law school dormitory. At the same time, Richard Nixon, the man he served under as Vice President, was attending law school at Duke. In 1942, Ford returned to Chapel Hill to attend the U.S. Navy's Pre-Flight School training program. He lived in a rental house on Hidden Hills Drive.



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