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: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 SchoolLearn now how to permanently name a seat (or seats) at Reynolds Auditorium, and at the same time help create an endowment for the AuditoriumA 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 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, 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.