Brevard’s first high school opened in 1908. Almost from its beginning Brevard High had
intramural sports. The earliest record
of teams competing against other schools are from 1922 when a men’s basketball
team was formed. Baseball, football,
track and tennis teams were added in the 1920s, as well.
In the early 1920s with a fast growing enrollment plans were
made to construct a new high school. An
August 22, 1924 Brevard News article
states, “In order to cut down the cost, the Board of Education cut out the
swimming pool which was in the original plan.”
This would have been an indoor pool in the basement of the school and
may have led to the addition of a swim team.
Girls began playing inter-school basketball during the
1925-26 school year. These early teams
wore black uniforms with loose fitting bloomer-style shorts. Vera Jones Stinson talking about the first
game they wore shorts stated, “We were so busy trying hide behind each other
out of embarrassment, we lost the game.”
|First Brevard High football team, 1925.
Brevard High School played their first football game on
October 10, 1925 against Canton. Their
first win was a 6-0 victory over Weaverville on November 27. Initially all games were played during the
In 1945 the Brevard Athletic and Recreation Association was
formed with the goal of providing improvements to the athletic fields at
Brevard High and Brevard College. The
Blue Devils played their first night game on October 5, 1945. Approximately 500 people attended the game
despite a cold and rainy night. Three
weeks later the second night game draw over 2000 people.
The Blue Devils won their first State Championship in 1960
under Coach Cliff Brookshire. In 1963
the team made history when it became the first integrated high school team in
North Carolina. That team finished the
season with a record of 10-1-1 and was the Class AAA Co-Champions. The championship game was a very somber
affair as it was played on November 23, 1963—the day after President Kennedy
was assassinated. The championship
trophy is on display at the Library with the Hometown Teams exhibit.
As schools went through the integration process of the
mid-1960s cheerleading squads lagged behind.
At Brevard High African-American girls tried out for cheerleading every
year but were led to believe they were not talented enough. Finally in 1970 the African-American students
protested by refusing to leave after school one-day. There was a lot of controversy involving
students, parents, community members and the School Board before an
African-American girl was selected and added to the squad as an alternate. She was only allowed to cheer at home games
High athletes participate in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country,
football, golf, softball, soccer, tennis, track & field, volleyball and
Cheer on the Blue
Devils this coming Friday evening when they meet Tuscola High for the 2015 Homecoming
information for this column are provided by the Rowell Bosse North Carolina
Room, Transylvania County Library. Visit
the NC Room during regular library hours (Monday-Friday) to learn more about
our history and see additional photographs.
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