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Erwin High School

                                                                                               By Morgan Brown

                      It’s not just goodbye

                                               Erwin School gymnasium

                                                               when Triton became the primary high school for the area,
                                                               one of the county’s three central schools. The shift from
                                                               community schools – Angier, Coats, Dunn, Erwin, Lafay-
        January 1, 1926, the town of Duke became the town      ette, and Lillington – to central schools, Harnett Central,
        of Erwin. The Class of 1926 was the first to graduate from   Western Harnett, and Triton was challenging. For students
        Erwin High School. Over the next 93 years, the campus   and parents, going into a bigger school with new students
        would transition from high school to elementary school,   from different areas was certainly a new experience when
        but no number of changes would diminish the school’s im-  the norm had been for students to attend classes with the
        portance within its community. Once emptied of all books,   same group of people from kindergarten to graduation. The
        desks, and other materials, the doors will close at the end   change of mascot was essentially a change of identity.
        of June and within a few months the building will be torn
        down, the land leveled back out, and within the next year or   As recorded in the final edition of the Hourglass yearbook,
        so, new construction will begin. Board of Education Chair-  Erwin wasn’t always known by its longtime mascot, the
        man Jason Lemons said the overall timeline for demolition   Redskins.  A  letter  jacket  from  1934  sports  the  “Erwin
        and new construction is tentative based on funding and ap-  Lions”  design,  and  this  jacket  is  displayed  in  the  Erwin
        proval from the county and state, in addition to material   Historical Society museum. The exact date of the mascot
        abatement, or the safe removal of hazardous building ma-  switch may not be known, according to Joey Woodworth of
        terials, and finalizing new building plans.            the Erwin Historical Society, but he and current Erwin El-
                                                               ementary principal Thomas Backus noted that the change
        The  final  graduating  class  of  Erwin  High  was  in  1985,   was likely made in the early 1940s. Further elaborating on

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