School annuals provide a snapshot in
time about a community. We were fortunate in Pacolet to have
two high schools that published annuals. Over time, I hope
to be able to scan and put copies of these annuals on this
website. Pacolet High School published their first annual in
1949 and continued up until its close in 1976. I either own
or have access to most of these annuals.
All of the annuals are are presented in the PDF format
that will allow you to zoom in close to see better
detail and also allow you to print any or all of the
Pacolet High School Annuals
1949 - Pacolet High School published
their first annual in 1949 and named it The Tomahawk.
This book can now be read at 1949 PHS Tomahawk
Annual. There are several things
different in this annual than in later books. It is not
printed on both pages, only on the right side. The left page
is blank. An unusual thing about this book also is that the
pages that separate and label the classes and section are in
a bright, full color. Printing in color was expensive and
most later annuals were all in black and white. Much of the
labeling and student and faculty identification in
this book is done freehand in ink and is not typed or
typeset. Later annuals contained little freehand lettering.
This book is now 68 years old. Surviving members of that
senior class are now in their mid 80's. Pacolet High School
in 1949 had 12 grades from the first grade up.
Elementary class teachers are pictured but not their
classes. Students from the 7th grade through the 12th grade
are shown. In 1949, I was in the 6th grade and remember a
great deal about the school as it was then. In some areas
there have been tremendous changes compared to today's
schools. You can read about some of these at School Changes. There have
also been very big changes in the businesses in Pacolet
since 1949. Looking at the advertisements at the end of the
annual, you can see that almost none of them still survive.
1950 - The second annual was
published in 1950 and it can be read at 1950 PHS Tomahawk
Annual. The format of this annual was
the model for most of the following annuals. Again, most all
of the advertisers in this book no longer exist.
1951 - The third annual was published in 1951
and can be seen at 1951 PHS
Tomahawk Annual. One of the unusual
features of this book is that the front and back covers are
identical to the 1950 book except for the year.
B. E. Mays High School
1964 - The B. E. Mays High School published
annuals also. The school opened in 1953 and I am not sure
when its first annual was published. Presently, I only have
one annual from Mays and that is from 1964. I have scanned
that book, the 1964 Panther. It can be read
at 1964 B.E. Mays Annual.
The book that I have has an interesting story. I bought it
from the eBay website on the Internet a few years ago.
Amazingly, the site often has items related to Pacolet and
have bought annuals from Pacolet High School
there also. As far as I can tell, this book belonged to Miss
Laverne Smith. Her name, address and telephone number are
written inside the back cover. However, I cannot find her
listed in the annual itself. The annual is autographed in
several places including on a number of the photographs.
If anyone has a copy of a Mays annual besides
the 1964 issue, we would very much like to have a scan of it
to go on this website. It is a time-consuming process but
can be done on most home scanners. I can take your
individual page scans and put them in the form to be used on
the website. If you are interested in doing this and want
further information please contact me at the email address