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 2021If 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 40,239 Reynolds High School alumni (as of 2020-2021) will know what great things are taking place "amid the pines."Below are RJR-related articles for the 2021-2022 school year:the lead article in the June 21st edition of the local newspaper was about retired principal Bob Deaton being surprised by a 90th birthday party for him staged at RJR by some of his former studentsVideo of the 2022 Spring Semester RJR Dance Showcase that featured amazing choreography performed in many different and varied sets by over 100 studentsa front-page newspaper article about a group of female members of the Class of 1970 that recently attended their Class Reunion and who have been hiking together in different parts of the world for yearsVideo of RJR Alumni President presenting a battery-powered public address speaker to the RJR Department of Choirs during the Spring Choral ConcertVideo of the RJR and Wiley Middle School Orchestras performing their Spring Concert on May 10th at Reynolds AuditoriumData collection has begun for the next RJR Alumni Directory (which will be published next year). Details are given concerning how to submit that information.RJR recently received the pictured cash register that was specifically made for Reynolds High School in 1927. Do you happen to have an old picture from a relative taken at RJR that shows this cash register? Or do you have an old RJR yearbook that has a picture of this cash register in it?Video of a conversation between RJR Alumni President Harry Corpening and Dr. Mary Margaret Frank (an outstanding member of the Class of 1987 who is the Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the Darden Business School at the University of Virginia)Video of RJR's Theatre Arts Department's March 11th staging of their "SPRING SHOWCASE" (which features some amazingly talented RJR student actors and actresses)9 were inducted into RJR's Sports Hall of Fame on Friday evening, January 28th, during the boys basketball game with ParklandThe video of RJR's 2022 A Cappella Jam for Hope concert featuring some amazingly talented student singers from various local high schoolsThe video between renowned thespain (and RJR alum) Alan Toy and RJR Alumni President Harry CorpeningThe 2022 (16th annual) much anticipated A Cappella Jam for Hope will be staged on Saturday evening at 7:00 pm at Reynolds AuditoriumA historical document researched and written by Alumni President Harry Corpening: "The Early history of Winston-Salem…and Wachovia Bank, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, the Hanes companies, Hanes Park, and RJ Reynolds High School & Richard J. Reynolds Memorial Auditorium”Video of the 2021 RJR Holiday Showcase featuring the renown RJR a cappella choral groups as well as the Dancing BootsThe video of an end-of-the-fall semester Q&A interview between RJR Calvin Freeman and RJR Alumni President Harry CorpeningLearn now how to permanently name a seat (or seats) at Reynolds Auditorium, and at the same time help create an endowment for the AuditoriumWe have decided to create an endowment with The Winston-Salem Foundation, and we are now trying to raise $25,000 needed to do thisa very entertaining and informative video of a Zoom interview of RJR Director of Bands Josh Settlemyre by Alumni President Harry Corpeninga video of the RJR and Wiley Middle School Orchestras jointly performing their "Winter Concert" at Reynolds Auditorium on December 3rd. FYI: RJR's Orchestra teacher Deborah Shebish teaches at both schools.An article that tells about RJR's first football team that regrettably had a player die while playingThe Class of 1968 awarded its 23rd annual scholarship this year (valued at $25,000). Learn the history about why this was created, and how anyone...incuding YOU...can help support this scholarship fund.Calvin Freeman (RJR's new Principal) and Alumni President Harry Corpening stage a recorded one-hour Q&A interviewRJR's AWESOME Theater Arts Department will stage the hilariously funny comedic musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" starting on Thursday evening, Oct. 21stThe death of RJR football player Matthew in 2008 led to the creation of the Matthew Gfeller Foundation (which started the researching of concussions in youth sports). On Oct. 11th, the WFU School of Medicine joined 12 other schools in a $10 million grant study on this topic. The funding provided by the Gfeller family to the Matthew Gfellow Foundation was what started all of this research.Pictures and Q&A with 2020-2021 Alumni $1,000 Scholarship recipients and the RJR Teacher of the Year (who also received $1,000 from the Alumni)September has seen a Mt. Tabor student shot and killed on-campus, guns confiscated from a Mt. Tabor and a Reynolds student, and guns shots fired near Parkland High SchoolA committee of the Board of Education recommends that improvements be made at a RJR practice field next to Hanes Park. Read an article about this, and electronically sign a petition urging the School Board to vote for this.A historical document detailing the simultaneous creation of RJ Reynolds High School, Richard J. Reynolds Memorial Auditorium, and Hanes ParkAt 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. Calvin Freeman has been approved by the School Board as the next Principal at RJR, and will start on August 2ndDr. Leslie Alexander, RJR's Principal since 2015, has moved 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 pmA 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 CorpeningPlease consider making a tax deductible donation to stock the Demon Pantry (which feeds hungry students and gives out needed toiletries)Below are links to RJR-related videos from pre-pandemic school years: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 parents
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.