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Colonial High School

Colonial High School opened In 1958, providing much needed relief for other schools in the area. It began with a dual schedule: High School classes in the morning and Junior High classes in the afternoon.

Rufus E. Jennings was the first principal and Bettis Herlong was the first head coach.

The first Student Council consisted of all female officers:  Judy Harland was the president; Peggy Greene was the vice president; Vickie Caraway served as secretary; and Jo Ann Pope as treasurer.

In 1979 the school celebrated 20 years as east Orange County’s senior high school. Read this Little Sentinel article to learn more about the school’s history and lore.

See photographs of Colonial High School’s early years courtesy of Tim Orwick.

See: Construction and student projects.

See: Colonial High School Football: The Early Years.

See: Colonial High School Parades

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Colonial High Has Birthday

It was 1979 and Colonial High School celebrated 20 full years as east Orange County's high school. This Little Sentinel article provides lots of tidbits about the school's history and lore.


CHS Football: The Early Years

These photographs of the early years of CHS football are supplied
by Tim Orwick, who was a student photographer at CHS during the
first years. (Use the PDF link above to view the document.)
Read more about this high school.


CHS Campus Beginnings

CHS opened in 1958, and student photographer Tim Orwick had captured its formative months. Use the PDF link above to enjoy this historic collection.


CHS Parades

CHS's early homecoming and Christmas parades, photographed by Tim Orwick.


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