West Yadkin

released February 8, 2011

West Yadkin

Pictures from news conference:

Classmates Violet Pardue Cheek & Joe Brown

News Conference Attendees

Principal Lyon & Joe Brown


Notes from news conference:

WEST YADKIN news conference, February 8, 2011, 11 AM, at WEST YADKIN SCHOOL 4432 Old US 421 Highway, Hamptonville, N. C. 27020

JOE BROWN, 1959 graduate of West Yadkin High School, announces the release of his latest book, entitled “WEST YADKIN”.  This book begins with the opening of West Yadkin School on October 9, 1935 and covers the next 32 years through the final high school class in 1967.

The construction of West Yadkin School was made possible by the approval of a school bond in 1934, despite our country still feeling the effects of the Great Depression.  Mr. W. N. Ireland, the first principal, was the driving force behind the new school.  According to newspaper reports, funds were not available to equip the library and Science department.  Mr. Ireland and the first teachers at West Yadkin went throughout the community and raised the needed funds to supply books and the equipment.  This hard work and dedication was typical of the staff of West Yadkin over the next 32 years.

‘WEST YADKIN” covers many good memories over these 32 years, from the first class of nine graduates to the class of 1967, which was the largest class of 64.  Pictures of all of the graduating classes are included in the book.  Good times in sports highlight the girls basketball team of 1946, which won the prestigious Winston Salem Journal and Sentinel tournament.  This team and the 1939 Boonville girls team are considered to be the best girls teams ever in Yadkin County.

In 1952, June Wood became the only West Yadkin sports star to make All State, as she led another great girls basketball team, coached by Mrs. Geneva Steelman.

WEST YADKIN boys basketball teams won back to back Yadkin County championships in 1954 and 1955.  We always had good baseball teams.  Then in 1967, the last football team had a record of 9-1 and finished ranked # 5 in the state.

We must also remember a very sad memory, the night of January 29, 1957, when our Gym burned down.  Our basketball teams were homeless for two years.

Most important, we received an excellent education at WEST YADKIN.  We had great teachers and outstanding principals, Mr. Ireland and Mr. Wright.  God truly blessed us here at West Yadkin.

THANK YOU to all of the WEST YADKIN HIGH SCHOOL graduates and former teachers for their helpful information that made this book possible.  Enjoy the book about your school, WEST YADKIN.

“WEST YADKIN” is dedicated to the memory of Mr. W. N. Ireland, who was the principal for the first ten years and to the memory of Mr.  C. C. Wright, Jr., who was the principal from 1946 to 1974, the last seven years being with the elementary school. 
First copy books will now be presented to Mrs. Barbara Ireland Holmes  and to Mrs. Carole Wright Bartol in memory of their Fathers.

“WEST YADKIN” is also dedicated to the memory of teachers, Mr. C. R. Wright, Mr. Joe Cash and Mr. George Holmes and the late Doctor Spencer A. Bell, who was a strong supporter of West Yadkin.

Brown will recognize Mrs. Ola Pinnix Dobbins and Mrs. Mary Groce Davis, who are two of the nine graduates of the first class in 1936.  They are presented with First copy books.
Also being honored and presented with First copy books are teachers, Mrs. Helen Wishon, Mrs. Mildred Matthews, Mr. Hoyt Reece, Mr. H. C. Moretz and Mr. John Moretz. 

This book is available at Diana’s Bookstore in Elkin, North Carolina, here at West Yadkin School or from Joe Brown at 336-996-7752 or email.
Visit the author’s website at www.HaystackPress.com.  THANK YOU!