Grimsley High School is one
of the oldest institutions of public secondary education in
It was founded in 1899, and it is currently
part of the Guilford County
system. The school has an enrollment of around 1,800
students in grades 9-12. Grimsley has a reputation for higher
academics, being ranked the 84th best school on the nation by
in 2008, and has consistently been
in the top 100 for the past 3 years. However it has fallen out of
the top 100 in 2009 ranked 119.
The main campus has 10 buildings. The Main building was built in
1929, and other buildings have been added subsequently. The campus
consists of the Main building, which has offices on the first
floor, English classrooms on the second floor, and Social Studies
on the third floor. The Old Science building houses the math
classrooms, as well as some science classrooms on the second floor.
The rest of the Science classrooms are located in the New Science
building. There is a Home Economics building. The Media Center has
two classrooms as well as a library with over 18,000 books and 28
computers. The cafeteria has a small lunchroom on the first floor,
though due to its small size most students eat outside on in to
Grove or on the front lawn. The second floor of the cafeteria has
classrooms that house the Business and Marketing department, as
well as a few Foreign Language classes. The Music building contains
the band, orchestra, and chorus rooms. The Vocational building has
a number of various electives. Across a service road from the
campus is the robert R. Sawyer Gym, which had the largest
unsupported concrete beams ever built when it was new. The
Auxiliary Gym has a weight training facility as well as a smaller
basketball court and some classrooms for health classes.
renovated library provides access to resources and technology for
student use, including access to resources at the local University of North Carolina at
Covered walkways were built in 1999, but because of the separated
nature of the campus, students frequently traverse outdoor areas.
The Grove, a large outdoor area between the main and music
buildings is a popular spot for eating lunch and hanging out. It
consists of a mulch ground covering, and several large trees which
provide shade to a plethora of picnic benches.
Colors and Mascot
The school's colors are blue and white, and its mascot is the
"Whirlie," a tornado-like symbol. The school's original color was
purple, but because it was hard to find the matching purple when
football uniforms had to be changed and because they faded easily
in the wash, it was changed to blue and white. The mascot was
originally the Purple Whirlwinds, but local papers found that to be
a mouthful and shortened it to Whirlies. Later, during the 1980s, a
costumed mascot in the form of a bird, known as the "Whirlie Bird,"
came into existence. The costume has since then fallen into disuse,
making only very rare appearances and existing only in the memories
and stories of old. There used to be a strong rivalry between
Grimsley and High Point
Central High School, as well as a rivalry between Grimsley
Guilford High School. Grimsley's current, and longest standing
rival is Walter Hines Page High School.
The rivalry is celebrated every year with a
spirit week before the game, and the game usually attracts crowds
of over 10,000.
Grimsley is a 4AA school with a strong athletic program, with
sports programs in soccer, basketball, football, tennis, swimming,
lacrosse, golf, baseball, wrestling, track, cross-country,
volleyball, among others. A "boosters program," alumni, and the
annual Grimsley-Page rivalry football game generate much of the
funding for both the sports programs and other needs of the
Grimsley has one of the largest high school football stadiums (with
a 400m track) in the state and services many local events that
include fundraisers, special olympics, the NCCA East-West All-Star
Game and an annual fireworks display for the city on Independence Day
The school has 2 gyms, the larger for most indoor sports such as
basketball and volleyball, while the smaller has been converted
into locker rooms, a weight room, classrooms and practice areas.
The larger gymnasium has an attached pool building opened to the
public. The basement of the building also serves as ROTC
classrooms. The tennis courts are located next to
the main gym building, behind which is a practice field for the
football, soccer and softball teams. The baseball field is located
behind the football stadium opposite the main campus of the school.
A trail in the woods is also accessible via the practice soccer and
lacrosse fields behind a nearby middle school (Kiser Middle School)
for cross country training.
- Ethan Albright American football
player Washington Redskins
- Rick Dees '68, radio disc jockey
- Joe Inman '65, PGA
Tour Player, PGA Champions Tour Player
- John Inman '80, PGA Tour Player 1985-1995, UNC Men's
- Donna M. Lee, CEO/Founder PLANIT NOW, NFP; former longtime
publicist of Academy Award winner
- Mark McGuinn '86, American country
- Carl Pettersson '96, PGA Tour Player
- George Preddy
- Ted Tally '70, Screenplay writer.
- Rachel Rodriguez '04, CNN producer/writer
- Anna Rodenbough '05, goalkeeper
for UNC women's soccer team (2006 national
- Will Robinson
'07 Editor of The
Chronicle , a daily student newspaper at Duke University.