According to former principal Robert Moore, the New Hanover High School student union was first opened in the 1954-55 school year.
“I am not aware if it was the first high school in N.C. or the nation to have a student union,” Moore said.
“It was really nice and, along with the memorial classroom and gym, it was a great addition for New Hanover High School.”
New Hanover is the oldest high school in service in New Hanover County. It was the largest secondary public school in North Carolina when it was completed in the 1920s.
The county Board of Education began acquiring land on the 1300 block of Market Street in 1914, as the nearby neighborhoods of Winoca Terrace, Carolina Heights and Carolina Place were rapidly growing. A cornerstone for the new building was laid in 1919, and the first classes were held in the center block in 1922. Its adjoining wings were completed in 1925.
The main building was designed by Wilmington architect Leslie N. Boney. The school gymnasium on Princess Street, also designed by Boney, was built between 1930 and 1940.
The auditorium, Brogden Hall – named for legendary football, basketball and baseball coach Leon Brogden – was completed in 1954, designed by Boney’s firm. For many years the largest public venue in New Hanover County, Brogden Hall was the scene of Azalea Festival pageants in the 1950s and ’60s, and is still frequently used for public concerts.
Date posted: November 10, 2011
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