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 the RJR Staff. Also, we (during non-Covid times) 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, as well as students participating in dance, piano and guitar, as well as students performing in the yearly school play, as well as other events such as the Key Club Follies).Reynolds High School became an Arts Magnet school is 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 ratges 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 froom 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 2020If 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 39,875 Reynolds High School alumni (as of 2019-2020) will know what great things are taking place "amid the pines."Below are RJR-related articles for the 2020-2021 school year:At the July 28th meeting of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board it was decided there would be universal wearing of masks by all studentsMr. Clavin Freeman has been approved by the School Board as the next Principal at RJR, and will start on August 2ndWe have decided to create an endowment with The Winston-Salem Foundation, and we are now trying to raise $25,000 needed to do thisDr. Leslie Alexander, RJR's Principal since 2015, will be moving to the School System's central office to be an area superintendent for leadership developmentRJR students will get exclusive use of Hanes Park track and surrounding athletic fields between 2:30 pm - 7:00 pmRJR alums Johnny and Dino Cortesis announced that their Cloverdale Kitche restaurant in Cloverdale Shopping Center closed for good on June 18thA posting of a 50-year history of RJR titled "Amid the Pines * A History of Reynolds Senior High * 1923 - 1973"A link to an informative video between RJR Athletic Director Brad Fisher and RJR Alumni President Harry CorpeningMichael Swain, a RJR Class of 1968 grad and President of Cahill & Swain, announced that this 71-year old mens store retail organization will be permanently closing on March 27thSalem College announces that its is making dramatic changes so that eventually all its classes have one goal: preparing women to take leadership roles in health-related fields.Links to videos of two FABULOUS musicals performed at Reynolds Auditorium by RJR's Theater Arts DepartmentThe lead article (accompanied by a large color picture) in the March 22nd edition of the local newspaper was about how the pademic affected the recruitment of RJR senior quarterback Caden DavisJohnathon Hamiel, RJR's Director of Instrumental Ensembles, has an article he wrote posted on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System websiteAn interview staged via Zoom between Richard J. Reynolds Memorial Auditorium Manager Mrs. Elizabeth May and RJR Alumni President Harry CorpeningPlease consider making a tax deductible donation to stock the Demon Pantry (which feeds hungry students and gives out needed toiletries)3 recently finalized VERY entertaining one-song videos created by the 3 prestigious RJR a capella choral groups that should bring a smile to your faceDr. Lee Kirsch, a volunteer who served as the team doctor for RJR athletic teams for over 20 years, died over the Christmas breakThe video of an interview Alumni President Harry Corpening staged on Oct. 9th with RJR Principal Dr. Leslie Alexander...during which she brought up several causes for which funding is needed (including the Dancing Boots)Below are links to RJR-related videos for the 2019-2020 school year:The AMAZING video created to celebrate RJR's 2020 Class Day (which in earlier times was called Senior Day)Link to the UPDATED Professionally recorded video of the opening night performance of the RJR spring musical: "Into the Woods"A video of the 2020 version of "Reynolds Revue Amid the Pines" (which occurred on January 29th) that was a welcoming event for next fall's incoming freshmen and their parentsVideo of the FABULOUS 2019 RJR Holiday Showcase that features the RJR Choir with with amazing performances by the RJR Jazz Band and also the Dancing BootsVideo of the opening night performance of RJR Drama Department's fall play "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Below are RJR-related articles not specific to any specific school-year
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).
To contact us at the "RJ 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.