I graduated from Wake Forest High School.
I have two sons and three granddaughters who graduated from Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. I have three grandsons, a granddaughter and a great granddaughter who are now on track to graduate from the reborn Wake Forest High School. It will be nice to share my alma mater with them.
I also have a daughter who didn’t graduate from anything, except Meredith College. She went to Cardinal Gibbons, was a graduation marshal, skipped her senior year, got her GED and went to Louisburg College. While there, she was a graduation marshal but transferred to Meredith before she got her two-year associates degree from Louisburg, and finally graduated from something, Meredith, with honors.
But back to Wake Forest and Rolesville High Schools. When I attended Wake Forest, in the building on Sycamore Street with the white columns that is now part of Wake Forest Elementary School, we were the Red Devils.
Then, the school got a football team and became the Bulldogs. Through all those years, Rolesville High School was an arch rival.
When the county decided to merge the two schools, it was not a really happy meeting of minds or loyalties as the Bulldog and whatever mascot Rolesville had at the time were retired and replaced with a Cougar. But time passed and everybody adjusted, and now I feel a little sorry for all the people who graduated from Wake Forest-Rolesville. I know how it feels to lose part of your identity. At least students at the newly reborn Wake Forest High School will still get to be the Cougars.
There is bound to be some sadness, but it is exciting, too, for each town to have its own middle school and high school again. Let the rivalries begin anew!
— Jean McCamy is a Wake Forest artist.