THE website forRJ Reynolds High School Alumni and Friends!You are at the right place to learn about what great things are happening at RJR, as well as information on the Class reunions (we have been informed of), and of the various initiatives of your RJ Reynolds High School Alumni and Friends organization and the RJR Staff. Also, we offer links to on-line videos of recorded school performances staged at Reynolds Auditorium (such as concerts performed by RJR's Band, Orchestra and the Choirs, the two schools plays, and The Follies).Reynolds High School became an Arts Magnet school in 2007. Since then...
The words today are the same as in 1949 when they were first written:
- Graduation rates have increased from 63% in 2007 to 87.4% in 2019 (and it should be noted that the State changed the way graduation rates are reported. RJR's graduation rate is above the district and state average).
- College attendance rates have increased from 74% in 2008 to 87% in 2019!
- Dropout rates have decreased from 7.3% in 2008 to 1.96% in 2018!
- Scholarships have increased from $8.5 million is 2009 to $11 million in 2019!
Amid the pines she proudly stands!CONGRATULATIONS to the RJ Reynolds High School Class of 2022If you would like to receive periodic updates from the RJR Alumni, merely send an email to RJRdirectory@aol.com (with the subject line of "add me to the list"). Also, please inform your classmates about this website....so that a lot more of the 40,666 Reynolds High School alumni (as of 2021-2022) will know what great things are taking place "amid the pines."Articles posted on this webpage have been categorized.You can click on the following links to view all of the posted articles.
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Videos of Q&A's staged by RJR Alumni President Harry CorpeningBelow are the most recently posted articles...Past RJR Principal Dr. Leslie Alexander has been named Superintendent of Watauga County Schools, effective July 1stRJR students make local headlines by getting the School Board to unanimously pass a resolution promoting gun safetyRJR's boys lacrosse teams have made the N.C. Athletic Association's playoffs EVERY YEAR since 2010...and this year is no exceptionThe ceremony where RJR Principal Stan Elrod was scheduled to posthumously receive the prestigious Anne Spencer Sports Connector Award (aka "The Annie") by the National Sports Media Association has been postponed to October 12thThe video of a May 5th recorded Zoom conversation between RJR Alumni President Harry Corpening and Alumni Vice-President Karen Morris, in which they discussed Karen's recollections of all the planning and goals that surrounded the creation of the Arts Magnet Program at RJR in 2007.The ceremony where RJR Principal Stan Elrod was scheduled to posthumously receive the prestigious Anne Spencer Sports Connector Award (aka "The Annie") by the National Sports Media Association has been postponed to October 12thThere are RJR students participating in creating radio shows for local NPR radio station WFDD via a program called "Radio 101"...which is a for-credit Honors-level class. The theme of this series this school year is "Miseducated: A Series on Teen Sexual Health." Hear students talk openly, honestly and intelligently "on air" about sex.A video of the entire 2023 Arts Hall of Fame induction Ceremony at Reynolds Auditorium on the evening of March 30th that was a VERY SPECIAL event...with some VERY emotional acceptance speeches and two FABULOUS jam sessionsThe video of the AMAZING production of "The Wizard of Oz" (staged by RJR's AWESOME Theatrical Arts Department) that had over 100 students participating in this spring semester musical playRJR Teacher AmyBith Harlee and RJR Alumni President Harry Corpening staged a February 4th recorded Zoom conversation where they discussed how the Alumni can help some 38 students pay for the expenses involved in them participating in a planned New York City weekend trip in April for students who take performing arts courses (so they can see first-hand how folks in performing arts make a career in those professions). THE GOOD NEWS: FUNDING HAS SEEN RECEIVED, AND ALL 38 STUDENTS WILL BE PATICIPATING!A recorded March 4th recorded Zoomed conversation between Alumni President Harry Corpening and RJR Dancing Boots Coach Hannah Womack (where they discussed, among other things, a VERY easy way that past members of "THE Boots" can honor the 65th birthday of the Dancing Boots...by making a donation supporting this renowned group. MANY THANKS to ALL those past members who sent in donations!!Learn about the renown local artist Nicholas ("Nick") B. Bragg and the 8 foot-long mural he created, that celebrates RJR's upcoming 100th birthday.A challenge to ALL of RJR Classes from the Class of 1954 to match (or surpass) them in raising funds for any of the three RJR Alumni initiativesOn December 16th, the portrait of past RJR principal Dr. Leslie Alexander was unveiled, along with a notebook that gives a description of each person who's portrait hangs in RJR's Media RoomThe recipients of the RJR Alumni Teacher of the Year award and the winners of the two $1,000 Alumni Scholarships (that are given out annually)a video of a Nov. 4th recorded Zoom conversation between RJR's Director of Choirs (Josh Settlemyre and RJR Alumni President (Harry Corpening), that allows you to learn why the renowned Reynolds High School a cappella groups rival those of many college programsa video of the 2022 Fall Choral Concert that gives further proof that RJR's Choral Department is truly one of the best in this part of the countryRJR's Department of Choirs is staging a fundraising campaign to assist them in maintaining their ranking as one of the VERY BEST public school choir departments in this part of our countryA plan has been created that will greatly expand the Demon Pantry (which primarily exists to immediately give food to students who come to school hungry). Once completed, this project will FOREVER end the problem of there being hungry students at RJR!
An opportunity to create a prominent permanent marker at RJR for yourself that can help the RJR Alumni create an endowmentthe winners of the 2 RJR Alumni $1,000 Scholarships for 2021-2022 and the RJR Teacher of the Year for 2021-2022 (who received $1,000 from the RJR Alumni) have been announcedThe 2021-2022 RJR Class of 1968 Memorial Scholarship (now worth $32,000 over 4 years) has been awarded to Jarod BrownFor the FOURTH consecutive year, RJR was named a National Magnet School of Excellence by the Magnet Schools of America organizationBelow are permanently posted articles...Learn now how to permanently name a seat (or seats) at Reynolds Auditorium, and at the same time help create an endowment for the AuditoriumA listing of the various ways you can make a tax deductible donation to the "RJ Reynolds High School Alumni and Friends" organization
PLEASE consider the RJ Reynolds High School Alumni & Friends organization in your estate planning
A listing of the various ways you can make a tax deductible donation to the "RJ Reynolds High School Alumni and Friends" organization
A listing of the students receiving RJR Alumni $1,000 scholarships, as well as the RJR Staff members being awarded $1,000 by the RJR Alumni for being selected as the Teacher (and in some years Principal) of the Year. (Each honoree has their picture shown, as well as their answers to questions posed by RJR Alumni President Harry Corpening. This list covers the last 12 school-years).
RJR Class Reunions and Notices
How to receive weekly RJR Communications emails
Follow RJR via social media to learn what going on "amid the pines" in real time
Learn how to raise money for RJR by merely shopping at grocery stores
Reynolds High School Alumni and Friends" organization: click here ( * ) to send an e-mail to Harry Corpening (who is the President of this organization). Please put "RJR alumni" in the subject line.