Vinson High School


The former Vinson High School on Piedmont Road is now home to Vinson Middle School.


HUNTINGTON Prior to 1934, Huntington's Westmoreland neighborhood had no high school.
Students who wished to go on to high school, had to do so at Huntington High,
Ceredo-Kenova High or Buffalo High.

In 1934, Westmoreland's Vinson Junior High (named for one of Wayne County's most prominent families)
 was redesignated Vinson High School. Even so, those students who needed courses such as
 chemistry, physics, geometry and trigonometry had to take them elsewhere.
 (The Vinson curriculum would later be expanded.)

The new high school's first graduating class in 1935 numbered only four students -
Frederick T. Compton Jr., Dorothy Mae Humphreys, Emma Hazel McCloud
and Charleston Allen Wilson.

In their book about the neighborhood, "The Gate to Westmoreland," Dr. Willard Daniels Jr.
 and Paul Faulks credit Bernard Caldwell, a teacher and coach at the new high school,
with successfully proposing the new school's mascot and colors. The tiger mascot
 and the orange and black colors would remain throughout the school's 64-
year history. Caldwell had "borrowed" the mascot and colors
 from his alma mater, Georgetown College in Kentucky,

In 1952, a "new" Vinson High was built on Piedmont Road. Students moved to the new
 building from the old high school building on Hughes Street, a few blocks east and
one street south. The new building was made possible when Wayne County's
 voters went to the polls in 1950 and approved the
 county's first-ever school levy.

Over the years, Vinson made a name for itself in high school athletics. Its football
team won five state titles between 1948 and 1957, and the basketball squad
took off in 1966 when it won the first of four state championships.

In 1998, Vinson High, Ceredo-Kenova High and Buffalo High were
consolidated in one new school  Spring Valley High.


Note:  This Article and picture appeared in the Herald-Dispatch Newspaper on March. 12, 2019.


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