Friday, September 17. 1971
This year will be a new adventure in education for
Rocky Mount Senior High. We have become an en
tirely new school in many respects. With the gra
duating class of 1971, all students who had attended the
old Rocky Mount Senior High and the old Booker T,
Washington High School were promoted from RMSH.
This means that all the students now attending RMSH
have attended no other high school in the Rocky Mount.
We also have a brand new Sophomore class who has
experienced two years under the new Three-Junior-
High-School-Plan. This means that these students have
had two years to get to know each other and establish
relationships with their fellow students.
Most important, we have a completely new slate of
administrative leaders, filling the vacancies left by Mr.
V. J. Colombo, promotion of Mr. John Langley and the
vacancy left by the retiring Mr, R, D. Armstrong.
These men were instrumental in the integration of the
two high school and deserve a substantial amount of
credit for their actions. To these men go our deepest
thanks. But these men have been replaced by two new
comers, new to RMSH but certainly not new to the field
of education. Mr. Elton Newbern, a veteran of seven
years as teacher and principal of Bertie Senior High
in Bertie County, takes the reigns as the new leader
of RMSH. Holding down the position of Associate
Principal, Mr. Roscoe Batts hais ten years of ex
perience as Principal of Parker Jr. High School.
To these fine educators we wish much success at
their positions and should offer them our complete
co-operation, for this could very well be a year of
tremendous growth and change for RMSH.
BUY A Sv)BSeMPTl0|4?
Let us praise the Rocky Mount School System, for
they finally gave us five minutes to get to class. After
many somber experiences of being late for class,
we finally have enough time to get to our destination
breathing normally and still in one piece.
O. K, One problem has been solved (for the time
being, at least—I wonder if in ten years the stu
dents demand 56 minutes to get to class and have
four minutes of class time.) But there are many more
to be tackled. One of the most distressing things around
RMSH is the clock situation. It is amazing how fast
the time flies around here. Just the other day, I was
walking from the office to Room 110 and we all know
that Room 100 is only about 80 yardi? from the office.
It seems very strange that I left the office at 2:30
and arrived at 110 and found the clock telling me it was
6;42 1/2, I know I’m a slow walker but this is unbe
So, we would like to thank the Administration for
giving us the 5 minutes to get to class, but could you
please do something about these clocks?.;-!
Where’s The Pep Band?
Heaven forbid? What has happened to the sound of
music at our pep rallies? Can it be possible that we
will no longer have the fine pep band at our assemblies
to spur our fine football team to victory?
The pep band is (or should we say “was”) a
great asset to the student body of RMSH. Their
presence seems to make everyone want to get up and
cheer to the top of his lungs. And haven’t we always
been told that a team can’t win without support?
Surely the support can’t win or lose a game but it
could account for a little more hustle on our fine foot
Around The Campus
You are new holding in your
hands the product of three
months oftoil and worry assem
bled by one of the hardest work
ing bunch of people that I have
ever met. These people are the
1971-72 GRYPHON Staff. This
group of individuals should re
ceive your vote of thanks, for
they began working on this paper
in mid-June In order to get it
to you at this time.
First of all, I would like to
say “welcome back” to those
who have attended RMSH in pre
vious years. To the new Sopho
more class, I would like to ex
tend a warm welcome from my
self and the staff. I hope that
your stay at RMSH will be as
enjoyable as all other students.
It is a fine school, and with
your help and envolvement it
can become an even better one.
Next, I would like to say that
this column will appear in each
Timas Are Changin’
Come gather 'round people
wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
around you have grown
And except it that soon you’ll
be drenched like a bone.
They’ll see the game you’re
And you better start swim
ming or you’ll sink like a
For the times they are a’-
Come Senators and Congress
men please heed the call.
Don’t stand in the doorway.
Don’t block up the hall, ; 'jj ‘
For he that gets hurt will be he *;.
who has stalled, ' .
’Cause the battle outside rag
Will soon shake your windows
and rattle your walls.
For the times they are a’-
By RICHARD NEWMAN
issue of the paper, along with a
regular Sportlight column by
our sports Editor Ray Brinn.
It will be the purpose of this
column to give me a chance to
speak my mind on events hap
pening in and around school.
If anyone has something he
would like to get off his chest,
there will also be a column
called “Speaking Out ’71”, in
which a person can express
himself in a “letter-to-the-
editor” type column.
This year promises to be a
fantstic one. We have a very
excellent group of educators,
headed by Mr. Elton Newbern,
Mr. Roscoe Batts, and Mr. Ro
bert Miller. We have a fine
student body and a sports pro
gram which has strong hopes of
bringing home a State Cham
pionship. Our best wishes to
these facets of RMSH.
Finally, I would like to say
that we are going to try a few
new things with this paper that
have never been done before. It
you like the ideas, tell us, and
if you have any other ideas on
what students want to see in this
paper, let us know, for we can
not put out a paper with the
things you want to see unless
we know what tl^?e things are.
We hope you efljoy this, our
first issue of the GRYPHON.
Around three years ago, a
group was formed composed of
musicians who had achieved
success with other bands. Steve
Stills and Nell Young (of Buf-
faloe Springfield), David Cros
by (of The Byrds) and Graham
Nash (of The Hollies) began
working under the Crosby,
Stills, Nash and Young ban
ner. That band has come and
gone and the string of solo al
bums has begun, Steve Stills 1
and 2, Neil Young’s "Gold
Rush” and “Crazy Horse”, and
David Crosby’s “If I Could On
ly Remember My Name” are
fine examples of the talent ex
hibited by these musicians. But
Graham Nash’s “Songs For Be
ginners” is by far the best of
the offspring LP’s.
With the help of Crosby,
Stills, Jerry Garcia and Rita
Coolidge, Nash scored with the
Top 40 hit, “Chicago” from the
LP. The other material ranges
from old folk-rock to gentle
love songs. “Military Mad-
nass” and “Man in the Mirror”
remind me of the good old 1965
English rock. “Be Yourself”
and “Chicago” are slow-tem-
po numbers, very good, but
“Chicago” tends to remind me a
little to much of Neil Young’s
“Ohio”. The highlight of
“Songs for Beginners” is a
very simply worded love song
entitled “I Used To Be a King”.
This is a fine example of the
music we heard In the sixties
and a look into the direction
we are headed. “Songs for
Beginners”-give it a listen.
Member of Columbia Scholastic Press Association
Men^r of Quill and Scroll, I.H.S.H.S.J.
wnrmp Richard Newman
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BUSINESS MANAGER ^
ADVERTISING MANAGER TCTesaW^in
Colette Rawls, MeUssa Pittman
^ ■ Debbie Griffin
gjjj Mike Taylor
8tb .. • • • ■ • • Henrietta Sdlers. Becky Roberson
Janet Barkboose, Ray Brinn, William Farmer, Sue Ford,
Sabrina Gardiner Mona Macky, Jo Safy.
ADVISOR M«. Margaret Williams
PRINCIPAL Mr. Eltwi Newbern
associate PRINCIPAL Mir. Roscoe Batts
ASSISTANT principal Mr. Robert Miller