Thanks to my frequent collaborator S.M. Stevens and her grandmother Willia Jones Turner for sharing this document.
On 5 October 2004, the Wilson Daily Times printed a reader-contributed photograph taken in October 1938 during Fire Prevention Week. The photo depicts Tyrus Bissett (later chief of Wilson Police Department) with principal Edward M. Barnes during a visit with students at Darden High School.
In 1939, Spencer J. Satchell penned original music and lyrics for an alma mater for Charles H. Darden High School.
We sing a song of adoration, a song full of love and praise,
For the school that is our inspiration, for the place where we spend our high school days
We dedicate our thoughts to thee, thoughts of true love and good will
Loyal students we will always be, as we journey o’er the rugged hills
Dear ol’ Darden High!
We laud thee to the sky, we sing thy name in reverence,
Praise Darden High! Darden High!
We raise our Alma Mater, Darden High!
Although from thee we must part, this song will linger within
Yearning and longing in our hearts, for our Alma Mater we will sing
We strive to do our best, while we proudly sing thy name
May we love, work and be blessed, this is our beloved refrain!
Pittsburgh Courier, 9 December 1945.
Apparently, librarian Margaret J. Gillespie lived in Wilson only briefly before her marriage to George Cooper of “Little” Washington, N.C.
Wilson Daily Times, 7 June 1984.
Jesse A. Henderson, leaning on bass drum, and other Darden High School marching band percussionists, circa 1947.
Photograph from collection of Hattie Henderson Ricks, in possession of Lisa Y. Henderson.
From In Retrospect: “In 1933, the first [Darden High School] football team was formed under the leadership of Robert Kornegay. The Trojan Mascot was selected as a result of a contest held in the fall of ’33. The colors ‘Blue & White’ were also formally selected at that time.”
Here is the earliest known photograph of a Trojans gridiron team. The date is somewhat ambiguous, but the photo was taken no later than 1941, when several of the players graduated.
From the Darden Alumni Center, a graduation photo of the 1944 class: