Goodnight Raleigh - a look at the art, architecture, history, and people of the city at night

The Death Of A High School

The gargoyles in the brick structure pictured above once guarded the entrance to Hugh Morson High School. It has long since been demolished, and this was erected in 1978 to preserve the memory of it by alumni. The inscription above reads:

These gargoyles once graced the entrance to Hugh Morson High School. They now face the site approximately 275 yards southeast between Person, Morgan, Bloodworth, and Hargett Streets. Erected in remembrance by former students in 1978

This structure is located on Morgan Street, near where it intersects Blount Street. When doing my routine scientific and exclusive detective work that accompanies each post (a Google search), I found a treasure trove of Raleigh history in the form of a video interviewing the final class of Hugh Morson High School. Some of the interesting facts about Raleigh in 1955 noted by alumni include:

  • The population was around 55,000 people
  • There were 3 high schools: Broughton, Ligon, and Hugh Morson
  • All schools combined their athletic programs to form one team, The Raleigh Caps

The original is hosted on the WCPSS web site but for embedding purposes, I uploaded it to YouTube. There are several incredible photos of Raleigh’s past that are worth checking out in the video below.

UPDATE: Karl (Raleigh Boy) has provided me with the following images of Hugh Morson High School. Thanks Karl!



Discuss Raleigh

  • Recent Comments:

    • Donald DeCoster: Thank you very much for your historical information. It is wonderful and invaluable. I live in...
    • MaikelZ: Admin you should build link pyramid in order to rank goodnightraleigh.com in google. This method is very...
    • Kamie: Just had a childhood flashback of this place. I loved it as a kid in the 90s. I had to call my mom and ask het...
    • Cory B: Today I purchased an incredible scrapbook containing a portion of someones life , I have been able to...
    • Rick Bass: Does anyone remember the restaurant “Midnight Express” at Cameron Village Subway, early-mid...
    • Scott Mihalsky: It is a real shame, a sad travesty to know that once thriving cities are just modern day slums. Such...
    • Al: I have a 1 oz. brown Hicks Capudine bottle I dug from an old earth covered dump site around 1972. The dump was...
    • LJG: And Dorton was design by Mathew Nowicki (or whatever the correct Polish is).


  •