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School History

Six schools in the Seventy-First Township consolidated in 1924 to form one: McPherson, Glendale, Haymount, Kornbow, Westover, and Galatia. The new school built on the Glendale site was named after the township. The township was named from the Scottish immigrants who were descendants of the 71st Regiment of the Scottish Highlanders. They fought a war of rebellion against the British in the 1700’s but were defeated at the Battle of the Culloden Moore in 1746. After their lands were confiscated; their clan chiefs executed and kilts and bagpipes outlawed, many of the Highlands Scots emigrated to North America and settled in the Sandhills of North Carolina.

The original school was built in November 1924 consisting of one two story building with thirteen classrooms for grades one through twelve. A total enrollment of three hundred sixty-seven enthusiastic and dedicated students opened wide its doors of learning. On May 25, 1925, Seventy-First inaugurated its first graduation. A class consisting of five members achieved the first commencement exercise.

The original building now houses the Seventy-First Classical Middle School.

Image of the old building of Seventy-First High School, built in 1962

SFHS built in 1962

In 1962, a new building was built across the street and in the fall of that same year,  the first classes were held in the new building.  The wing at the back was added in 1965. The school was growing so rapidly that huts were added in 1966 and each year until 1972 and again in 1973 until 1976. Another new wing was added in 1967.

The spring of 1973, new tennis courts, new football bleachers, and other improvements were added to the athletic field. In the 1972-1973 school year, Seventy-First received full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  A new vocational building and a new greenhouse were officially opened for the 1974-1975 school year. Construction of the newest wing was begun in the fall of 1988 for use in the 1989-1990 school year.

Student enrollment continued to soar until it reached 2,544 in 1976-1977 school year making Seventy-First the most populated secondary school in North Carolina. Douglas Byrd High School was opened in 1972 to alleviate the growth at Seventy-First, as was Westover High School in 1977. Since 1977,  enrollment has been stable.

Another major change for the system occurred in the summer of 1985 when the Cumberland County and the Fayetteville City school systems merged to form the Cumberland County School System, making this the fourth largest system in the state. To date, Seventy-First High School is one of the seventeen high schools in the Cumberland County school system.

The community is a composite of suburban housing areas, mobile home parks, apartments, and farm land. Seventy-First High School exists for the benefit of the youth of its community and is dedicated to that purpose.

The principals of the school since its opening has been:

Year: Name:
1924- 1926 Mr. J. W. Carroll
1926- 1928 Mr.C. C. McMillan
1929- 1931 Mr. J. H. Taylor
1931- 1945 Mr. J. W. Coon
1945- 1968 Mr.L. E. Auman
1968- 1976 Mr. R. C. Lewis
1976- 1982 Mr. K. S. Edge
1982- 1995 Mr. G. C. Patterson
 1995- 1996 Ms. Mary  McDuffie
 1996-1999 Mr. Conrad Lopes
 1999-2007 Dr. Tina Poltrock
 2007-2010 Mr. Alton Miller
 2010-2012 Dr. Vanessa Alford
2012-present Mr. Myron Williams
Seventy-First High School, located at 6764 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC has a  population of 1,565 students, 140 faculties, and staff this school year 2016-2017. It has 100 classrooms, a greenhouse, two gymnasiums, an auditorium that can accommodate 300 people, a media center, and a cafeteria.
Image of the arial shot of the Seventy-First High School Compound School picture taken from across the street

 

School Song   Image of Music notes
Mission Statement
 Live for her honor, work for her fame.
We pledge devotion to her name.
Seventy-First her colors red and white,
Leads forth her sons and daughters on the right.

The faculty and staff of Seventy-First High School is committed to providing a safe and caring school environment which promotes high academic success, prepares students for global competition and interaction with diverse groups, and provides a foundation for good citizenship.

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Published by Betty Houghtaling on August 23, 2017
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