North Carolina High School State Cross-Country Meets Before 1956

The NCHSAA began official State Cross Country Championships in 1956.

Brett Honeycutt, in researching old newspaper archives and school yearbooks, has found that some of the larger high schools in the state during the 1930s actually held "State Cross Country Championships".

The four schools who organized the meets were:

"Charlotte". Charlotte HS opened in 1909 and was renamed Central High in 1923. In 1959 it moved to a new campus and was renamed Charlotte Garinger.

"Greensboro". Greensboro HS opened in 1899, and became Greensboro Central in 1911. Then Greensboro Senior in 1929 and Greensboro Grimsley in 1962.

"High Point". High Point HS opened in 1926 and was renamed High Point Central around 1962.

"Winston-Salem". Opened as R.J. Reynolds HS in 1923 in Winston-Salem (North Carolina's largest city until 1948).

State Team Champions
1930: Winston-Salem
1931: Winston-Salem
1932: High Point   Coach: Johnny Eidson
1933: High Point   Coach: Johnny Eidson

Photo of 1929 R.J. Reynolds Boys Cross Country Team
Photo of the 1929 Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds HS Boys Team)
Source: School yearbook, page 129

Team Results:
1. Winston-Salem, 39
2. Greensboro, 46
3. High Point, 66
4. Charlotte, 69

Friday, Nov. 20, 1931, at Hanes Park, Winston-Salem - 2.25 miles

Top 7 Named All-State
 1. Sid Kinney, Winston-Salem, 13:10 (record)
 2. N.T. Sandifer, Winston-Salem
 3. Milford Smith, High Point
 4. Wallace Ellington, High Point
 5. Miller, Greensboro
 6. Koury, Greensboro
 7. Suttle, Greensboro
 8. Lovin, Greensboro
 9. Willard Mollingsworth, Winston-Salem
10. Thompson, Charlotte
11. Beard, Charlotte
12. Billy Patterson, Winston-Salem
13. Barber, Charlotte
14. Aldine Ebert, Winston-Salem
15. Merrill Robinson, Winston-Salem
16. Clark Hubbard, High Point
17. Ramsey, Charlotte
18. Corriker, Charlotte
19. Flint, Winston-Salem
20. Rochelle, Greensboro
21. Ralph Fowler, High Point
22. Irwin Canada, High Point
Photo of 1931 RJ Reynolds State Cross Country Champions
1931 State Cross Country Championship Team: RJ Reynolds)

Team Results:
1. High Point, 33
2. Winston-Salem, 61
3. Salisbury, 63
4. Greensboro, 78

Friday, Dec. 2, 1932, at Hanes Park, Winston-Salem - 2.5 miles

Team Photo: High Point. 1932 State Cross Country Champions

Top 7 Named All-State
 1. Wallace Ellington, High Point, 13:45
 2. Milford Smith, High Point
 3. Holt, Old Town
 4. Carl Hubbard, High Point
 5. Holden, Winston-Salem
 6. Kinney, Winston-Salem
 7. Earnhardt, Salisbury
 8. Creech, Greensboro
 9. Harper, Greensboro
10. Earnhardt, Salisbury
11. Hubbard, High Point
12. Patterson, Winston-Salem
13. Kincaid, Salisbury
14. Melbohn, Greensboro
15. Talmadge Ellington, High Point
16. Sigmon, Salisbury
17. Goodman, Salisbury
18. Flynt, Winston-Salem
19. Thomas Davis, High Point
20. Sandifer, Winston-Salem
21. Cooke, High Point
22. Stone, Winston-Salem
23. James, Greensboro
24. Neese, Greensboro
25. Laurence, Greensboro
26. Sattewhite, Salisbury
27. Williams, Winston-Salem
28. Archer, Greensboro
29. Shultz, Old Town
30. Roberts, Salisbury
High Point Enterprise article on the meet

Old Town was a school located just northwest of Winston-Salem, east of current-day Reagan HS, and just west of the old Northwest HS, which merged with Hanes HS and Mineral Springs HS back in the early 60s to create the current day North Forsyth HS.  Old Town eventually became an elementary school.


1933 High Point Team goes to Nationals: (a "Preview" article)

Newspaper Story in the High Point Enterprise

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