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Photo of 1963 Durham Hillside Team


Before integration of public high schools occurred in North Carolina the North Carolina High School Athletic Conference (NCHSAC) organized and administered competition among the black high schools of the day.

Over 100 high schools were members and the NCHSAC held classified championships in several sports. The NCHSAC was merged into the NCHSAA in 1968 and disbanded in 1969.

NCPrepTrack.com is attempting to recognize those athletes who were NCHSAC state champions in track and field. We have found that a lot of the results and records have been lost or misplaced. The microfilm collections at Duke University's library of historically black newspapers have been helpful but are incomplete. We are unsure if NCHSAC state track championships were held before 1952. Please help us with missing information by contacting us at this link.

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TEAM CHAMPIONS:
Year Winners

1952 West Charlotte  36 results
1953 Durham Hillside
1954 Durham Hillside
1955 Durham Hillside 118.5
1956 Durham Hillside
1957 Durham Hillside
1958 Durham Hillside 62 3/5
1959 Durham Hillside
1960 Durham Hillside 68
1961 Durham Hillside
1962 Durham Hillside 49
1963 Durham Hillside 46

1964 Group 1: Charlotte York Road 38.5 results
1964 Group 2: Nash Central, Lexington Dunbar 29 (tie)

1965 Group 1: Wilmington Williston 28
1965 Group 2: Lexington Dunbar 45

1966 Group 1: Durham Hillside 27
1966 Group 2: Raleigh Morehead, Lexington Dunbar 23 (tie)

1967 Group 1: Durham Hillside (Hillside's final year in the NCHSAC. Moved to the NCHSAA.)

1968 Group 1: Raleigh Ligon 47 (4A) at Rocky Mount
1968 Group 2: (tie) Burlington Jordan Sellers 40.5 ... (2A/3A) at Burlington
                    Fayetteville Armstrong 40.5

1969 Group 1: Raleigh Ligon 68 (4A) at Rocky Mount results
1969 Group 2: Fayetteville Armstrong 38.5 ... (2A/3A) at Rocky Mount results

(Group 1 was made up of the 4A schools, and Group 2 was made up of 1A, 2A and 3A schools.)

Year Location
1952 at North Carolina College, Durham
1953 
1954 
1955 at Durham Hillside, May 7
1956 
1957 
1958 May 10
1959 
1960 at Winston-Salem Atkins, May 21
1961 at Durham Hillside, May 13
1962 at High Point, May 12
1963 at Fayetteville, May 11
1964 at West Charlotte, May 9
1965 at N.C. College (now NCCU), Durham, May (Group 2 at Hanes Park, Winston-Salem, May 8)
1966 at High Point, May 14
1967 
1968 at Rocky Mount (4A schools); at Burlington (2A/3A schools)
1969 at Rocky Mount (Both Group 1 & Group 2)

4A EVENT WINNERS:
100 Yards - 4A
1952 
1953 
1954 
1955 Frederick Rogers, Durham Hillside, 9.9
1956 
1957 
1958 Francisco, Greensboro Dudley
1959 
1960 Herman Graham, Durham Hillside, 9.9
1961 
1962 Albert Daniels, Durham Hillside, 9.7
1963 
1964 Copeland, Raleigh Ligon, 9.8
1965 Robert Keaton, Wilmington Williston
1966 Billy McKoy, Winston-Salem Atkins
1966 
1967 
1968 
1969 Wallace Horton, Raleigh Ligon, 9.9

220 Yards - 4A
1952 
1953 
1954 Frederick Rogers, Durham Hillside
1955 Frederick Rogers, Durham Hillside, 22.2
1956 
1957 
1958 Francisco, Greensboro Dudley
1959 
1960 
1961 
1962 Albert Daniels, Durham Hillside, 21.9 (record)
1963 
1964 Copeland, Raleigh Ligon, 21.4 (record)
1965 Robert Keaton, Wilmington Williston
1966 Billy McKoy, Winston-Salem Atkins
1967 
1968 
1969 Wallace Horton, Raleigh Ligon, 22.9

440 Yards - 4A
1952 William Brown, Statesville Morningside
1953 
1954 
1955 A. Glenn Miller, Durham Hillside
1956 
1957 
1958 
1959 
1960 
1961 
1962 James Black, Durham Hillside, 50.9
1963 
1964 Owen Coward, Durham Hillside, 51.5
1965 
1966 
1967 
1968 
1969 Taylor, Raleigh Ligon, 51.5

880 Yards - 4A
1952 
1953 
1954 
1955 Robert Epps, W-S Atkins
1956 
1957 
1958 Leroy Sanders, Durham Hillside, 2:06.7
1959 
1960 
1961 
1962 Donald Fozard, Durham Hillside, 2:02.7
1963 Donald Fozard, Durham Hillside, 2:03.6
1964 Donald Fozard, Durham Hillside, 2:02.6
1965 James (Jimmy) Jenkins, Asheville Stephens-Lee  "New Record"
1966 Robert Jenkins, Asheville Stephens-Lee
1967 
1968 
1969 Anderson, Raleigh Ligon, 2:09.4

Mile - 4A
1952 
1953 
1954 
1955 Robert Epps, W-S Atkins
1956 
1957 
1958 Leroy Sanders, Durham Hillside, 5:23.0
1959 
1960 
1961 
1962 Donald Fozard, Durham Hillside, 4:41.0 (record)
1963 Donald Fozard, Durham Hillside, 4:41.3
1964 Donald Fozard, Durham Hillside, 4:32.2 (record)
1965 
1966 
1967 
1968 
1969 J. Walker, Raleigh Ligon, 4:50.4

120 Yard High Hurdles - 4A
1952 
1953 
1954 
1955 James McClain, Durham Hillside
1956 
1957 
1958 Robert McNeil, Durham Hillside, 15.8
1959 
1960 Levi Dawson, Durham Hillside
1961 
1962 
1963 
1964 Harding Kirkley, Charlotte York Road, 15.1 (record)
1965 Tony Ford, Durham Hillside, NT
1966 
1967 
1968 
1969 William Grimes, Booker T. Washington, 15.4

180 Yard Low Hurdles - 4A
1958 Robert McNeil, Durham Hillside, 22.0
1959 

180 Yard Low Hurdles - 4A
1961 Levi Dawson, Durham Hillside 20.0
1962 Charles Davis, Durham Hillside, 20.7
1963 
1964 Harding Kirkley, Charlotte York Road, 19.9 (record)
1965 Harding Kirkley, Charlotte York Road, 21.1
1966 Tony Ford, Durham Hillside, 21.3
1967 
1968 
1969 Milton Taylor, Booker T. Washington, 22.0

220 Yard Low Hurdles - 4A
1952 
1953 
1954 
1955 James McClain, Durham Hillside
1956 
1957 

220 Yard Low Hurdles - 4A
1960 Otis Wright, Durham Hillside
1961 

440 Yard Relay - 4A
1952 
1953 
1954 
1955 Wilmington Williston
1956 
1957 
1958 
1959 
1960 
1961 
1962 
1963 
1964 
1965 
1966 
1967 
1968 
1969 no result listed

Sprint Medley Relay - 4A
1952 
1953 
1954 
1955 Durham Hillside
 (Frederick Rogers, Nathan Weaver, Leroy Brown, ??)
1956 
1957 
1958 Greensboro Dudley
1959 
1960 
1961 
1962 
1963 Greensboro Dudley, 3:48.3
1964 Charlotte York Road 3:44.4
 (Harding Kirkley, Culbreth, E. Kirkley, King)

880 Yard Relay
1960 Durham Hillside
1961 
1962 
1963 
1964 Raleigh Ligon, 1:33.5
1965 West Charlotte, 1:32.1 (record)
1966 Winston-Salem Atkins
1967 
1968 
1969 Fayetteville E.E. Smith, 1:29.8

Mile Sprint Medley - 4A
1969 Raleigh Ligon, 3:54.9
(Thomas, Walker, Johnson, Taylor)

Mile Relay - 4A
1952 
1953 
1954 
1955 Durham Hillside
 (??, Nathan Weaver, Joe Thomas, Levern Mangum)
1956 
1957 
1958 Greensboro Dudley, 3:39.0
1959 
1960 
1961 
1962 
1963 
1964 Charlotte York Road, 3:31.5
 (Covington, Maple, King, Harding Kirkley)
1965 Charlotte York Road, 3:29.7 (record)
1966 Durham Hillside, 3:36.4
 (Tony Ford, Harvey Hinton, Tippy Dark, Gus Thompson)
1967 
1968 
1969 Fayetteville E.E. Smith, 3:45.6

Long Jump - 4A
1952 William Brown, Statesville Morningside
1953 
1954 James McClain, Durham Hillside, 21-3
1955 James McClain, Durham Hillside, 20-7
1956 (tie) Willie Watkins, Durham Hillside & Floyd Watson, Hillside (distance NA)
1957 
1958 D. Thomas, Durham Hillside, 21-6
1959 
1960 
1961 
1962 
1963 
1964 Thomas, High Point William Penn, 22-10
1965 
1966 
1967 
1968 
1969 Marvin Franklin, Wilson Adkin, 18-0.5

High Jump - 4A
1952 
1953 
1954 
1955 Winfred Daniels, Durham Hillside, 6-1.5
1956 Leondras Kincy, Durham Hillside, height NA
1957 
1958 
1959 
1960 
1961 
1962 Franklin, William Penn 6-0
1963 Dale Norman, Durham Hillside, 5-11
1964 Horace Robinson, Raleigh Ligon, 6-4 (record)
1965 Joseph Ferguson, Wilmington Williston, 6-0
1966 
1967 
1968 
1969 Walton, Raleigh Ligon, 5-7

Pole Vault - 4A
1952 
1953 
1954 
1955 Winfred Daniels, Durham Hillside, 
 Tie with someone
1956 
1957 
1958 
1959 
1960 
1961 
1962 
1963 
1964 Not contested
1965 
1966 
1967 
1968 
1969 no result listed

Javelin - 4A
1952 
1953 
1954 
1955 Winfred Daniels, Durham Hillside, 152-8
1956 
1957 
1958 
1959 
1960 
1961 
1962 
1963 
1964 Not contested
1965 
1966 
1967 
1968 
1969 No result listed

Shot Put - 4A
1952 
1953 
1954 
1955 Winfred Daniels, Durham Hillside, 43-6
1956 Ernest Barnes, Durham Hillside, distance NA
     2nd place: Robert McAdams, Durham Hillside
1957 
1958 
1959 
1960 
1961 
1962 
1963 
1964 Grant, Jacksonville, 47-8
1965 Doug Wilkerson, Durham Hillside 51-8
1966 Billy McKoy, Winston-Salem Atkins
1967 
1968 
1969 McNeal, Raleigh Ligon, 45-8.5

Discus - 4A
1952 Harry Nesbit, Statesville Morningside 113-0
1953 
1954 
1955 Edward Jackson, Durham Hillside
1956 Ernest Barnes, Durham Hillside, distance NA
     2nd place: Robert McAdams, Durham Hillside
1957 
1958 Nunn, Durham Hillside, 114-1
1959 
1960 
1961 
1962 
1963 Wesley Clement, Durham Hillside, 131-2
1964 McAfee, Charlotte York Road, 131-3
1965 
1966 Thomas Covington, Durham Hillside, 131-3
1967 
1968 Michael Harrison, school unknown 137-0
1969 McNeal, Raleigh Ligon, 132-7.5


2A/3A EVENT WINNERS:
100 Yards - 2A/3A
1969 Alford, Fayetteville Armstrong, 9.9

220-yard dash - 2A/3A
1969 Everette, Perquimans Winfall, 23.2

440-Yard Dash - 2A/3A
1969 Peoples, Fayetteville Armstrong, 54.5

880-Yard Run - 2A/3A
1969 J. Lewis, Fayetteville Armstrong, 2:07.5

Mile Run - 2A/3A
1969 Rouson, Roper, 4:49.6

120-yard High Hurdles - 2A/3A
1966 Steven Clay, Jordan-Sellers
1969 Ronald Taylor, Nash Central, 16.3

180-yard Low Hurdles - 2A/3A
1966 Steven Clay, Jordan-Sellers
1969 Ronald Taylor, Nash Central, 20.9

880-Yard Relay - 2A/3A
1969 Nash Central, 1:34.1
(William McNair, Ronald Taylor, Williams, Harris)

Sprint Medley Relay - 2A/3A
1969 Burlington Jordan Sellers, 3:56.2

Mile Relay - 2A/3A
1969 Fayetteville Armstrong, 3:39.8

Broad Jump - 2A/3A
1966 Johnny Warren, Jordan-Sellers
1969 Maloy, Perquimans Winfall, 19-1.5

High Jump - 2A/3A
1969 no result given

Pole Vault - 2A/3A
1969 no result given

Shot Put - 2A/3A
1969 Worsley, Roper, 46-9

Discus - 2A/3A
1969 Michael Harrison, Nash Central, 133-6

Compiled by Brett Honeycutt and George Phillips.

Before desegregation, more than 300 historically black high schools once operated in North Carolina. As of 2016 only five remain, and Durham Hillside is the oldest. The other four are: West Charlotte, Greensboro Dudley, Winston-Salem Carver, and Winston-Salem Atkins.

Additional items of interest that we've able to find in archives of NC newspapers:

Although the NCHSAC merged with the NCHSAA in 1969, we have found in old editions of the Carolina Times that an "NCHSAC State Meet" was held in 1970, with Henderson Institute winning.

The NCHSAC did continue to have NCHSAC Championships in basketball and football past 1969 (from newspaper clippings found in the Carolina Times).

Results from the final official NCHSAC State Meets (1969)

The program for Durham Hillside's 1956 Awards Day recognized Hillside's Ernest Barnes for setting a "New N.C.N.H.S.A.A. Shot Put Record" at the Henderson Institute meet of forty-four feet and five inches.

Brett Honeycutt found an article from 1967-68 that said there were 170 NCHSAC schools and 50 of them participated in track.

The Carolina Times reported May 25, 1963 that at the Carolinas AAU Meet 17-year-old Hillside junior Donald Fozard ran 4:23.7 to place 6th in the Mile, and that he ran 4:25.8 as a sophomore to finish 3rd the previous year.

Retired Raleigh News & Observer sportswriter Tim Stevens, in his 2013 book covering the history of the NCHSAA and other former NC state associations, has five pages on Raleigh Ligon legend Pat White. Ligon opened in 1952 to replace Washington High. White, the 9th child in his family grew up in Chavis Heights, near Ligon, in extreme poverty. He was a two-time high school All-American as a quarterback, All-State in basketball, and a state champion in track and tennis. White reportedly ran the 100-yard dash in 9.7 (although it's unclear if it was in the state meet).

Recruited by Syracuse, Michigan State, Minnesota and others, White chose Morgan State in Baltimore. Sadly, White died of cancer July 9, 1964, just weeks after his graduation from Ligon.

Winner in four events in 1966: Winston-Salem Atkins' Billy McKoy

Forsyth County's first athlete to break 10 seconds in the 100-yard dash: Issac Howard

This 10/21/16 story mentions Robert Tabor and James Poag, track athletes at Salisbury J.C. Price High School (1922-1969):
Price High School Sports Hall of Fame inducts seven - SalisburyPost.com

We are interested in learning more about a legendary athlete at Raleigh Ligon HS during the early 1960s, William Dean "Pat" White. This story about White appeared in the October 24, 2010 News & Observer. (Alternative link)  He reportedly was a state sprint champion, and could run 100-yards in 9.7.  Contact us (click here for our email) if you have information on him or other former NCHSAC State Champions.


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