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Interviews, pictures, and documents found and written about the history of William Penn.

Early History

William Penn's original incarnation as The High Point Normal and Industrial Institute from 1892 through 1924.


The school's education practices, including its efforts to focus on both liberal arts and vocational curricula.


Biographies of William Penn's principals.


Stories and images of students enjoying the William Penn experience.

Civil Rights

How William Penn students got involved and their actions in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Closing and Reopening

The closing of William Penn High School in 1968 and its rebirth as Penn-Griffin School for the Arts in 2003.

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Social Life

What was everyday life like for William Penn Students?


William Penn's proud sports traditions from the early twentieth century through the 1960s.


The story of the school's celebrated marching band and choral programs.

Community Center

Stories of the school's use as a gathering place for local organizations as well as a center for artisitic and political events.


What the legacy of William Penn means to its alumni, their families, and the City of High Point.

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