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Randleman High School 1943-1944

 

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RHS in 1943-1944

 

Randleman High School in 1944

Class of 1944

Class of 1944

Back in 1944, Randleman High School was located in what is now the Randleman Commons. The senior class consisted of forty-three students and was led by their class officers Wayne Loflin (President), Lucy Frazier (Vice-President), Marie Garner (Secretary), and Richard Allred (Treasurer). During this time the senior class was able to choose their own class colors, a class motto, and class mascots. The class colors for the class of 1944 were black and gold. They chose “conquering ever” as their class motto and for their mascots the senior class chose Anita Freeze and Butch Coltrane. The class of 1945 consisted of forty-five students and were led by Charles Fulp (President), Doris Wood (Vice-President), Loretta Parker (Secretary), and Norma Jean Toomes (Treasurer). There was not a lot to do in school back in 1944. Students had an option of three clubs to join and the three clubs on campus were the Beta Club, Glee Club, and the Future Farmer’s of America Club. The 1944 Beta club consisted of mostly girls as did the Glee Club. The Future Farmer’s of America Club on the other hand was made up of all boys. Most of the students on campus joined the Glee club and the  Beta club was harder join since it was an academic based club. Sports at Randleman in 1944 were not as plentiful as they are today. In fact, Randleman High School only had two sports teams back in 1944. They had a boys’ and a girls’ basketball team.

1943-1944 Boys' Basketball team

1943-1944 Boys’ Basketball Team

The boys’ basketball team (known as the basketeers back then) was made up of sixteen players who were led by head coach D. R. Reynolds. The team had a pretty good turn out for practice each day as anywhere from eighteen to twenty boys would show up. The 1944 team was centered around their four seniors Binford Farlow, Charles Daniels, Rchard Allred, and Leonard Surratt. The rest of the team was made up of freshmen and sophomores including Joe Brookshire (who would later have a big impact on Randleman baseball). The team played twenty-six games during the 1943-1944 season and finished with a 16-10 record. The basketeers finished their regular season on February 18th with a win 46-43 win over Ramseur in the best game of the season. Randleman moved on and was seeded third in the tournament that was held in Asheboro. The Randleman basketeers had three players who surpassed the one hundred point mark during the ’43-’44 season. Cleo Hayes finished with a team high 193 points, senior Charles Daniels came in second with 188 points, and Binford Farlow (also a senior) finished with 148 points. As a whole the team scored a total of 760 points to their opponents’ 686 points.

1943-1944 Girls' Basketball team

1943-1944 Girls’ Basketball Team

The girls’ basketball team (known as the “Blue and White sextet”) also had a pretty impresse 1943-1944 season. In nineteen starts the ladies of Randleman finished with fifteen wins and ranked fourth in county standings. Two of the losses for the Blue and White sextet came at the hands of Seagrove’s all-Senior sextet (which had gone undefeated four years in regular season competition). Randleman also fell to Gray’s Chapel twice by the closest score possible. One of the Gray’s Chapel games was settled by a charity throw after the game was over. One of the high points of the season for the Blue and White sextet came when they easily defeated Ruffin who had been unbeated in the twelve previous starts. Things looked bright in the coming years for the ladies of Radleman as there were only two seniors on the ’43-’44 squad.

The world in war in 1944
As students headed to class during the 1943-1944 school year their thoughts were probably not as focused on school as they were the war that was waging in Europe. World War II was in full force and yet the students still had to go about their daily lives as best they could. Some of the male students did not return to school in the fall as they enlisted to help their country end the war that had been going on since 1939. During 1943 and 1944 the Allies had made plays against Japan in hopes of bring down the country that had solidified the US’s involvement in the war. The summer of 1944 also brought the arrival of D-Day as the troops invaded the shores of Normandy.

On the home front
While war was waging in Europe the people of America were trying to go about their daily lives while awaited word about their loved ones over seas. The country was just coming out of the Great Depression that had knocked the US down for several years. During 1943 and 1944 the average cost for a gallon of gas was fifteen cents and the average cost for a new house was between $3,400 and $3,600.

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