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50th anniversary celebration of the opening of Hibriten High School set

LENOIR, NC…Hibriten High School officially opened its doors on August 26, 1966. Plans are currently underway to mark their 50th anniversary with a celebration that will take place on Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1 at Hibriten High School in Lenoir, NC. During Friday night’s Homecoming festivities on September 30 all former football players, cheerleaders, and Homecoming queens will be recognized. There will fun and festivities for all.

Alumni from the band and chorus will also be recognized and included in a special alumni performance.  Former members of the band will gather at 5 pm on September 30 in the band room for a meet and greet. Former band members that are interested will march into the stadium with the current band and play in the stands.  Former members of the chorus will join this year’s current chorus for the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.

A welcome ceremony and celebration will take place on Saturday, October 1 beginning at 10 am in the theatre. They would like all former students and staff to attend.

They are currently collecting Hibriten High School memorabilia, which would be displayed throughout the weekend and which would be carefully returned to all owners. If anyone has memorabilia from his/her time at Hibriten contact Elaine Crisp at: steveelainecrisp@charter.net or contact the school at 758-7376. Memorabilia can be dropped off between 9/19 and 9/30. Please place items in a box and label with name and graduation year.

Please contact Sally Beck (sbeck@caldwellschools.com) at Hibriten High School (758-7376) if you would like more information. They hope all former and current members of the Panther family will join them for a weekend of celebrations.

If you would like to be a part of their planning committee or have a suggestion to enhance their celebration, please click here.

Hibriten High School Website


The first principal at Hibriten High School was Mr. Kenneth Roberts.

Hibriten High School Class of 1967 (the first class to graduate from the school)
Hibriten High School Class of 1967 (the first class to graduate from the school)
Hibriten High School back parking lot in 1967
Hibriten High School back parking lot in 1967

Panther's Pause First Edition October 1966

Panther’s Pause First Edition October 1966 (larger and more readable PDF file)