East Forsyth High School

East Forsyth High School

east forsyth high schoolEast Forsyth High School
2500 W. Mountain Street
Kernersville, NC 27284
Phone: (336) 703-6735
Fax: (336) 727-8546
Website: East Forsyth High School
Hours: 8:55 am – 3:40 pm
Principal: Patricia Gainey
Assistant Principal: Lisa Duggins
Assistant Principal: Walter Johnson
Assistant Principal: Scott Munsie

East Forsyth High School is located in Kernersville, North Carolina and is one of ten high schools in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System. We have approximately 1800 students in grades 9 through 12 with many students taking classes at Forsyth Technical Community College and the Career Center in downtown Winston-Salem.

History of East Forsyth High School

East Forsyth High School first opened its doors to students in the fall of 1962. The new school brought together three communities who had previously been bitter rivals on the athletic field . . . Kernersville, Glenn and Walkertown. Fred E. Lewis, Jr. from Oak Summit School, was chosen as principal and given the task of pulling these factions together.

Before the first bell rang, committees met to determine among other things: a mascot, school colors, a fight-song, and an Alma Mater. The story has been told that choosing a mascot was easy. The Eagle, a very majestic and patriotic symbol, was the unanimous choice, especially during the Kennedy years. E for East, E for Eagles.

Now the school colors were a different story. The Walkertown Wolfpack and the Glenn Bobcats both wore red and white, while the Kernersville Raiders wore maroon and gold. Everyone felt that the committee would surely choose some shade of red.

However, the story goes that the committee debated and debated. Two colors were temporarily chosen, but later rejected. Examples of those colors were placed on certain walls in the school. Do you know where? The old gym lobby had giant orange and royal blue diamonds painted on the wall.

Maybe this wall helped change the committee’s mind. A more conservative, yet regal navy blue and white was finally selected. Silver was added in the early 80′s as an accent color and is moving more toward gray in the 2000′s.

Maxine Blackwell, who had been the choral music director at Kernersville, was chosen to lead the music department. She wrote the Eagles’ fight-song and Alma Mater. Mrs. Blackwell still “kindles in the memories” of many an East alumnus.

Principal Lewis was charged with selecting his teachers and coaches. He chose Carl Clarke from Kernersville to coach football, Jack Musten from Glenn to coach baseball, and Jack Blaylock from Kernersville to coach basketball. Did he get the two Jacks mixed up? Blaylock had played professional baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Musten had gone to college on a basketball scholarship. Mr. Lewis said that he could not make up his mind . . . so he decided that he would witness a basketball game between Glenn and Kernersville. The winning coach would be his basketball coach and the losing coach would take baseball.

Needless to say, Blaylock’s team prevailed over Musten’s team, and Mr. Lewis stood by his decision. Could the athletes from the three rival communities work together? The football team proved that they could and all the fears of separatism dissolved. Success of the football team was reflected in the classroom . . . and a winning tradition was born.

East Forsyth High School Athletics

A full program of interscholastic varsity and junior varsity sports for young women and men is offered at East Forsyth High School which includes: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling.

To be eligible for participation on an interscholastic team, a student must maintain a 2.0 QPA and pass a minimum load of work during the preceding semester to qualify at any time during the present semester. The semester is normally considered half of the academic year. A minimum load is defined as five courses in the traditional school schedule. Evidence of legal age with date of birth must be established and on file with the school. A physical examination, copy of birth certificate, and insurance are required before the student can practice.

Students who participate in and attend extra-curricular functions and athletic events are representing the student body at East Forsyth High School. Accordingly, students are expected to display appropriate behavior at such functions. Athletics require a healthy body, as well as, a healthy mind.

To be eligible to participate in athletics, the student with the consent of his/her parents must agree in writing to submit to random alcohol, anabolic steroid and drug testing. In addition to testing students for alcohol, the students shall be tested for the presence of marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, anabolic steroids and any other drugs the superintendent deems appropriate as recommended by Partnership for a Drug Free NC.

If an athlete or auxiliary participant is suspended out of school, they will also be unable to participate in the extracurricular or sports activity on the day(s) of the suspension. If a student is suspended from school for an alcohol or other drug related violation, the student will be suspended from participation in athletics and/or extracurricular activities for a minimum of thirty (30) school days. Students may be suspended or expelled from such activities for a longer time period at the discretion of the principal or the principal’s designee.

Athletic letters and stars may be earned through participation in a varsity sport at East Forsyth. Displaying athletic letters and stars on jackets is an honor, which is reserved solely for the student who has achieved this recognition.

East Forsyth High School Extra Curricular Activities:

Extracurricular Activities and Clubs: Academic Teams and Clubs, Foreign Language, Future Teachers of America, Family, Career, Community Leaders of America, Art, Junior Civitans, Deans, Girls Service Club, Senior Girls Club, Gospel Club, Hunter Safety, Interact, International, Jr. Color Guard, Key Club, Lions Club, Marching Band/Flags, SADD, SAVE, School Beautification, Senior Eagles, Senior Men Excelling in Life and Leadership

Interscholastic varsity and junior varsity sports: football, cheerleading, track, swimming, basketball, soccer, baseball, golf, tennis, softball, volleyball, cross-country and wrestling

Honor Societies: National Honor Society, Vocational Honor Society

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2 Responses to East Forsyth High School

  1. Kathy Williamson says:

    Do you know if the new walkertown School will offer athletics?. I ask this question because we live in Walkertown but mys son attends East and we were just inform that he may have to attend the new school. The problem with him attending this school is that he has established himself in football and lacrosse and I just want to know how this would affect him.

    • WSFCS says:

      Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for writing. I checked the resources that I have, but I was not able to find the answer to your question. My suggestion is to call the WSFCS (336) 727-2816 and ask who you should contact. My opinion (and I’m not affiliated with the school system) is that any program at a new school is going to fall short of an established program. Further according to the information I have regarding Walkertown High School, “at least 100 rising 11th-graders must commit to the school for it open with an 11th grade.” How good could their athletics program be if they only have a handful of students attending in 11th grade? Again, that’s just my opinion.

      All the best,

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