C.H. Darden High School

Dorothy H. Ellis celebrates her 100th birthday.

From the 7 July 2019 edition of Wilson Times:

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Dorothy Hammond Ellis of Wilson was honored at her 100th birthday July 3 in the fellowship hall of Calvary Presbyterian Church by her daughter, Cynthia Ellis, goddaughters and church family.

“Dorothy H. Ellis is a beloved retired schoolteacher who taught eighth grade at Darden High School starting in 1942. She and her husband, Coach [James C.] “Shank” Ellis went on to teach at Coon Junior High School until they retired early in 1979. While teaching at Darden, she was asked to use her basketball skills to coach the boys basketball team while the men went off to fight in World War II.

“Dorothy Ellis was born July 3, 1919 in Cheraw, South Carolina.”

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Dorothy H. Ellis and James C. Ellis in the 1949 edition of the Trojan, the yearbook of C.H. Darden High School.

Headed to college.

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Wilson Daily Times, 15 September 1948.

Howard University

  • Doris V. Smith
  • Mary Frances Diggs (1930-1971), daughter of Edgar and Mary Grant Diggs
  • Charles Seville Plater (1929), son of Simon T. and Ruth Jones Plater
  • Thomas Levi Peacock(1928), son of Levi and Eloise Reavis Peacock
  • Norma Adelaide Carter Murphy (1931-), daughter of Luke and Eunice Godette Carter
  • Hoover Curtis Bowens (1928-2007), son of Jacob and Flossie Cobb Bowens

A&T College

  • Edward Kerphew Harris (1930-2007), son of Benjamin and Pauline Artis Harris
  • Winford Lee Morgan (1931-2000), son of James and Addie Fisher Morgan
  • Wade Nicholas Lassiter (1928-??) and Harvey Green Lassiter (1926-1998), sons of Jesse C.K. and Lessie Dew Lassiter
  • Harold Cannady
  • Leonard Elroy Barnes Jr. (1929-1967), son of Leonard E. and Beatrice Taylor Barnes
  • Walter Rufus Stephens (1926-2014), son of James H. and Parnella Jackson Stephens
  • James Thomas Jones (1927-2011) and John Wesley Jones (1925-2004), sons of Wesley and Martha Taylor Jones

From the 1951 edition of The Ayantee, the yearbook of North Carolina State A.&T. University.

N.C. College [now N.C. Central University]

  • Helen Woodard
  • Ralph Cornell Gay (1928-1992), son of Albert and Annie Bell Jacobs Gay
  • James Henry Spivey Jr. (1930-??) and Glenda Vermell Spivey Middleton (1927-2006), children of James H. and Mary Clark Spivey
  • Eva Elnora Coley Jarrett Oxendine (1929-), daughter of David H. and Eva Speight Coley
  • Preston Walter Diggs (1928-), son of Edgar and Mary Grant Diggs
  • Hattie Moye Floyd (1929-1985), daughter of Ambrose and Mattie Moye Floyd
  • Thomas Dawson
  • Laura Mae Murphy Baker (1925-1988), daughter of Clarence and Mittie Wilkes Murphy
  • Victoria Whitehead McCray (1928-2017), daughter of John H. and Victoria Ennis Whitehead

Shaw University

  • James L. Nicholson Jr. (1929-2018), son of James and Celestia Nicholson
  • Donnie L. Joyner Freeman (1928-), daughter of Eddie and Annie Wynn Joyner
  • Eva L. Carter (1928-2017), daughter of Willam and Eva Overton Carter
  • Doug Melton 
  • Nathaniel Gray Hodges (1929-), son of Nathaniel and Bessie Sutton Hodges
  • Helen Harris
  • R.J. Dancy

J.C. Smith

  • Mamie Ruth Ellis (1930-2004), daughter of Oscar and Mamie Bynum Ellis
  • Roderick Taylor Jr. (1928), son of Roderick and Mary J. Pender Taylor
  • Ellis Brown Jr. (1921-1989), son of Ellis and Margaret Scarborough Brown

Barber-Scotia

  • Ann Battle
  • Van Royall
  • Doris Joyner
  • Pauline Deloris Harris (1927-), daughter of Benjamin A. and Pauline Artis Harris

Virginia State

  • Annie Miller Stokes (1930-), daughter of James and Viola Reese Stokes
  • Frances Williams 

West Virginia State

Saint Augustine

  • Mary Knight
  • Richard Barnes
  • Virginia Ward
  • Margaret Evangeline Speight Williams (1929-1998), daughter of Theodore and Marie Thomas Speight
  • Marian Anderson 

Livingstone College

  • Trumiller Wimberly
  • Christine Snow

Temple University

  • Katheryn Spells (1927-2004), daughter of Neros and Nancy Taylor Spells

Cortez Peters Business School

  • Beatrice McNeil (1928-2007), daughter of Matthew and Ola Belle Jiggette McNeil
  • Ozie L. Pender (1928-2010), daughter of Albert and Mary Pender

Winston-Salem Teachers College

  • Agnes Hoskins (1929-), daughter of Lonnie and Gertrude Simms Hoskins
  • Charity Wells (1930-1978), daughter of Willie and Mamie Holland Wells
  • Bertha Cobb

Darden expansion.

This 1940 plat map shows the boundaries of additional land proposed to expand the campus of Charles H. Darden High School, referred to here as a “school site for colored people.”

(Note that the property was purchased in part from Louise Fike and Hadley Blake, whose names were memorialized in nearby streets laid out in the 1950s — Fikewood and Blakewood.)

Plat Book 2, page 152, Register of Deeds Office, Wilson County Courthouse.

A song of adoration.

In 1939, Spencer J. Satchell penned original music and lyrics for an alma mater for Charles H. Darden High School.

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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!