BOONVILLE — Starmount High School is a small, rural school in Yadkin County. One of three high schools in Yadkin County, this one is special. Not too many people know how Starmount came by its roots. Before Starmount was built, there was a central high school in the county: Yadkinville High School, which now functions as Yadkinville Elementary.
But with growing numbers, Forbush High and Starmount High were put into effect. Starmount itself was built around 1967. It was a totally different school then as we didn’t have as many students and teachers. One of the teachers who has been here since the beginning is Eric Bray. I had the pleasure of interviewing him about the changes and progress at the school.
Bray seems to be a living archive on the school, saying that the “schools were consolidating to better serve the student population.” The county went “from schools that had first through 12th [grades] to a ninth to 12th [division] to get the older generation together to be better served.”
Before the building of Starmount High School, they had schools that were K-12. This means students ranged in ages of 5 to 18 years old, thus a wide span of ages.
Another thing he had to say about the best advancement in education at Starmount is that “technology came around,” and now “we teach at a higher level which makes the students have to think at a higher level. It is bringing higher level work because of the advancements in technology.”
Bray also said that “technology has opened us to the world, and gathering information is much easier… you can find out everything you need to know through the internet, and you can do it during class. Everything is at our fingertips.”
With changes passed down from the Yadkin County Board of Education, it has caused classes to “move at a faster pace which caused us to have to operate at a faster pace which makes us have to teach a topic in a shorter timeframe.”
But all this change has been for the good. The school is helping the community more than ever, such as bringing to the forefront “real world” projects, our new 3-D printer, and a new assortment of clubs. Change is a good thing at Starmount High School.
Like Cody Hemric, principal at Starmount High, always said, “It’s a great day to be a Ram.”
Joe Godfrey is a member of the Starmount High School Journalism Club.