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May Marchbanks - Chapel Hill High School Principal

by Charly Mann

May Marshbanks was the principal of Chapel High School from 1955 to 1970. During that period she was the only woman high school principal in North Carolina. Since she retired she has been Director of the Department On Aging for Harnett County, NC. She is now 92, and the last we heard was still working full time.


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Carol J      7:01 AM Mon 1/2/2012

This building was torn down when the new high school was built. It stood where University Square and Granville towers is on Franklin street now. The old junior high was next door.

Alex      10:01 AM Wed 5/18/2011

Woah... I'm currently a sophomore, and this is wacky! Where is this building? It looks nothing like the high school now!

Dani (im a girl)      9:26 AM Mon 2/28/2011

Im currently a Junior at Chapel Hill high school and i think it's so cool to see this old picture. Does anyone know where this building was? does it still exist? why on earth did we change location! that school looks so nice! Everybody should come see the new High School . It might be exciting!

DAVE TURNAGE      3:36 PM Fri 2/5/2010

I graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1950. Miss Marshbanks was then our chemistry teacher. She was, certainly, one of the best teachers I ever had. When I attended NC State after graduating, I found my freshman chemistry class there to be almost a repeat of what I had learned at CHHS. I will always remember her as a great lady!<br \><br \>Dave Turnage, CHHS class 0f 1950

cre'56      4:40 PM Sun 8/23/2009

Miss Marshbanks was such a great math teacher and also an organist who played at our graduation in Hill Hall.

Alice Hogan      10:14 AM Mon 3/30/2009

I always found Ms Marshbanks a little intimidating. She really inspired respect and good behavior. You would not want to be sent to her office.

S Merritt      4:21 PM Sun 3/29/2009

I love how much great Chapel Hill stuff you have here. My mom use to work at Crowell Little Ford when It was downtown in the building that the Zoom use to occupy. I think I may have some photos of the building then that you can use.

Tony G.      1:34 PM Sun 3/29/2009

Thank you for showing me the picture of the high school I attended in the 1950s. It brings back great memories. I have not been back to CH since 1974, and really need one more chance to visit the town.

Gary67      6:59 PM Sat 3/28/2009

I&#39;m amazed. I graduated in 1967, and have been retired for six years.

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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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