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Drew (Parker), Camille ('98) 0609808
Glover, David (Fac/Staff) 0570384
Porter-eley, Amanda ('98) 0520106
Britt (Hall), Deanne ('96) 0518808
Judkins, Marcus ('99) 0514699
King (Lovelace), Tonya ('80) 0514002
Dobie, Stacey ('90) 0513884
Holloman (Jones), Sharika ('96) 0513808
Robinson (Bickell), Kitty ('81) 0491178
Thomas (Ellis), Corlis (LPJHS) 0483424
Jennings, Hope ('88) 0482973
Evans, Candace ('09) 0469495
Clark, Quintus ('87) 0469314
Holmes (Ross), Ashley ('04) 0468892
Swann, Joe ('78) 0467346
Hanns (Jones), Dorothy (Dottie) (LPJHS) 0466914
Stringfield (Edler), Joyce (LPJHS) 0466175
Blizzard, Isaac ('91) 0466105
Taylor, Shelia ('90) 0465937
Jackson, Robert ('79) 0465404
Lucas, JOHN (LUKE) ('88) 0448868
Gibbs, Rico ('00) 0448845
Robinson (Bickell), Kitty ('81) 0448790
Newby (Brown), Alice (LPJHS) 0448785
Holmes, Trevis ('99) 0448353

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Alumni of Surry County High School - Welcome

Behold, the Mighty Blue and Gold!!

Since 1976, over 2,100 students have graduated from Surry County High School. As classmates scatter after graduation, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay in touch with high school friends.

To make this task a little easier, this free website provides alumni news, details on coming reunions and other events.

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Go Cougars!!

SCHS Alum selected as 2012 commencement speaker

Dr. Keinya Holmes ('96) will deliver the keynote address during Surry County High School's commencement exercises on June 9, 2012. The public is invited to attend the graduation ceremonies that begin at 10 a.m. at Luther Porter Jackson Middle School. Holmes, 1996 class valedictorian, completed her professional studies in Dentistry at Meharry Medical College in 2003 following completion of the B.S. in Biology from Norfolk State University. She is an Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Hampton University. She instructs General Biology and General Microbiology lecture and laboratories at both the Hampton campus and the Virginia Beach campus.

Lady Cougars Win State Basketball Championship!!

The Surry County Lady Cougars basketball team captured the Virginia High School League Group A, Division 1state championship with a 61 - 58 victory over J.I. Burton, March 12, 2010 at VCU's Siegel Center. The young lady who stole the spotlight more than any other was RaeChaun Edwards, a newcomer to Surry who transferred in this season from North Hardin High in Kentucky. Edwards, a 5-foot-6 junior who starts at point guard, finished with 31 points, eight rebounds and seven steals. The first quarter featured six lead changes and.....

SCHS Alum Appointed Surry County Supervisor

The Surry County Board of Supervisors selected David Harrison '06, the new Claremont District representative at their board meeting on August 4th. Harrison is the son of the late Reginald Harrison, who died recently while serving as chairman of the Board of Supervisors. Harrison will serve as supervisor until the November 2011 election.



SCHS Alum Appointed to Virginia Board of Nursing

On August 19, 2009, Jeanne Ellis Holmes ('76) was appointed by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to the Virginia Board of Nursing for a term of four years beginning July 1, 2009, and ending June 30, 2013. Holmes, daughter of ....

SCHS Alum Executive Director of Sigma Gamma Rho

Rachel White-Morris '96 is the Executive Director of Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc. a Cary, North Carolina based international sorority which has over 90,000 members throughout the United States, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Africa and Korea. Morris graduated from St. Augustine's College in 2001....

SCHS Alum Joins OB/GYN Practice in Stafford, VA

Dr. Sherlonda Shaw-Asante ('97) recently joined the Women's Health and Surgery Center located in Stafford, Virginia. An honor student at Surry County High School, she obtained her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). At EVMS, she was the recipient of a four year scholarship from the .....

SCHS Alum Named Finance Director

On July 14, 2011, the City of Franklin, Virginia hired Melissa Motton-Rollins '85 as its new city finance director. She has 14 years experience in municipal government with an emphasis in finance and budgeting. She graduated from Virginia Union University.....

SCHS Alum Places 2nd in Gospel Play Competition

Allen Ellis ('84) recently placed 2nd in the National Black Gospel Play Competition held in Nashville, Tennessee for his stage play, "Once Upon a Quiet Place".  Ellis is the owner of The Total Arts Theater.....

SCHS Alum selected as 2011 commencement speaker

Shannon O. Pierce ('94) will deliver the keynote address during Surry County High School's commencement exercises on June 11, 2011. The public is invited to attend the graduation ceremonies that begin at 10 a.m. at Luther Porter Jackson Middle School. Pierce, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,  is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Language and Literature and a JD law degree. She is Senior Counsel, Gas Operations & Interstate Transactions, AGL Resources in Atlanta, Georgia.

SCHS Alum starts new tax business

Tryphenia Ellis-Johnson ('79) and her husband are an entrepreneurial team and have succeeded in starting their own tax service business in North Laurel, Maryland. The couple, married 22 years ago, has always wanted to own a business.....

SCHS Alum uses skills to become successful actor

Professional actor Antonio D. Charity ('90) has appeared on several popular television shows, a number of movies and as played major roles in theater productions since he left Surry County in 1995. Although he considers acting a "God-given talent" that he's alwas had, he first pursued this course during his freshman year by joing the high school's Repertory Company and Drama Club.....

SCHS Senior signs with University of Richmond

Surry County High School quarterback Montel White ('10) made a decision. The 6-foot-5, 202-pound lefty is headed to play college football at the University of Richmond on a full scholarship. White, the son of Kenneth White ('79) and Melvanette Hardy-Whte ('81), is happy .....

SCHS Alum dies at 46

Pearl Lavetta Lyttle-Thomas ('81), 46, entered into eternal rest on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at her residence. A native of Surry County, she was born on Nov. 14, 1962, to Mr. Joe Earl Lyttle Sr., and the late Mary Clarke Lyttle. She was a graduate of Surry County High School. She was a devoted member of Mount Nebo Baptist Church....

SCHS Alum earns National Scholars honors

Clyde Ellis ('09), Surry County High School’s 2009 valedictorian, is one of 22 college-bound students in the country to receive a scholarship through the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program. He was selected from over 750 applicants. Ellis  will attend North Carolina A&T in the fall and major in biological engineering...

"Coach Bear" Jones, beloved teacher, dies at 56














Beloved SCHS teacher Larry D. Jones, known to most as Coach "Bear" passed away on December 26th 2008. He was 56 years old....

SCHS Alum promoted to Lieutenant

The Virginia State Police promoted Earnest B. Poole, Jr. ('82) to Lieutenant, Fifth Division (Chesapeake) on April 10, 2009. He became a Virginia State Trooper in 1986 and will be responsible for over 250 sworn members and the incident commander for all field operations in the Fifth Division, which covers most of the eastern portion of Virginia. He holds a B.S. degree in Criminology and started his career in 1983 with the Smithfield Police Department.

SCHS Alum Wants You to Get In Shape!!

John R. Butler ('81), born and raised in Surry County, is doing his part to enhance the lives, spirit, mind and people in the Northern Virginia area through proper fitness and nutrition. He is founder of TriJohn Fitness and Wellness Center and holds several certifications through the International Fitness Association.....

Alum new doctor in Surry Medical Center

Final preparations are being made to get the new Surry Medical Center ready for patients. Surry native, Dr. Valencia Jones-Williams (’86), will serve as the primary care physician for the practice located on Route 10 adjacent to.....

Miracle in Surry County

Ten years ago, Essence Magazine published a 2,600 word story by Newsday reporter Katti Gray that examined Surry County Public Schools climb from a C to an A. The feature length story was hailed by education experts as "one of the year's most inspiring stories .....

SCHS Alumni Spotlight: Melissa Rollins ('85)

The spotlight shines on: Melissa Motton-Rollins ('85). She is Director of Finance & Information Technology for Surry County, Virginia and oversees the preparation of the County's annual comprehensive financial report and all issues related to the County's....

SCHS Alum YouTubed: Pastor Glen Lyttle, Sr. ('83)

Glenn Lyttle, Sr. ('83) is pastor of Olive Branch Baptist Church located in Suffolk, Virginia. The church has a membership of 300 and draws members from Suffolk, Smithfield, Norfolk and surrounding areas. He and his wife are parents to three children.

SCHS alum named NFS Corporate Secretary

On March 1, 2008, Howard D. McFadden ('82) was named corporate secretary for Norfolk Southern Corporation. The SCHS alum joined the Fortune 500 company as a tax department attorney in 2001 and ....

65 Students Graduate SCHS

Before he spoke, Surry High School salutatorian Craig Montie Evans took a deep breath ....

Lillie M. Bell Retires From SCHS!!

Longtime Surry County High School Science Teacher Lillie M. Bell has retired after 47 years of service. Please send well wishes to: 528 Hollybush Road, Elberon, Virginia  23846.

Bell celebrated her 69th birthday on May 26th.

2009 SCHS Wall of Fame Inductees

On April 29, 2009, nine alums and five coaches were inducted into the Surry County High School Wall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held during the William H. Miller Scholarship Banquet. The Wall of Fame recognizes former athletes, coaches and contributors that have been instrumental in making the SCHS athletic program a success.

Commencement address to the 2008 Graduating Class

The following address was delivered by Joshua Scott '96 to graduating seniors at the Surry County High School Commencement exercises on Saturday, June 14, 2008....

Never Forget....

To remember and honor our deceased classmates, educators and school board members published obituaries are available for viewing....

SCHS Alums to perform at Hampton Jazz Festival

Darryl "Dee Dee" Rawlings ('82) and Shevonne Newby ('88) are members of Forte, a Smithfield-based jazz band. The group will perform at the 2009 Hampton Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 27, 2009.....

"Going Out a Champion: The Coach Joe Ellis Story"

"Going Out a Champion: The Coach Joe Ellis Story" is the touching biography of longtime Surry County High School basketball coach Joe Ellis. Written by his wife, Doris M. Ellis, the book is an inspiring celebration of Joe Ellis ....

Local awards and scholarships

Information on local awards and scholarships presented to Surry County High School graduates...

Cougar Nation: News and Notes

Check here for the latest in alumni news....

SCHS Trailblazer ........ Cecilia Mickens

First in an  occassional series on Surry County High School Trailblazers: Cecilia Mickens, 30-year veteran music teacher and composer of the Surry County High School "Alma Mater", remembers when she literally had to leave it at the door. The piano that is.....

Sudden loss for the Cougar Alumni Family

Longtime Surry County High School Guidance Counselor Linda Wooden died on Tuesday, February 19, 2008.....

Sad day for the Cougar Alumni Family.....

The obituary of beloved Surry County High School Guidance Counselor William Glover (who served from 1978 - 1988).....


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    Many thanks to Pernell Watson, Jr. ('83) and James W. Johnson II ('86) for volunteering to be administrators of the new site!

    SCHS Alum Appointed Adjunct Professor

    Claude R. (Russ) Joyner, II ('76) was recently appointed an adjunct faculty member in the Math Science Institute at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. An honor student and member of the National Honor Society while a senior at Surry County High School, Joyner is the Technical Fellow for Space Systems and Mission Analysis for Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. With over 30 years of experience in aeropsace, he provides the engineering expertise.....

    SCHS Alum dies at 35

    Daryl E. Harrell '94, of Richmond, Virginia, departed this life Friday, July 15, 2011. He was 35. He was a graduate of Surry County High School and studied mortuary science at John TylerCommunity College. He was preceded in death by.....

    SCHS Alum dies at 45

    Bernice Doswell-Holloman '85, wife of Stanley Holloman '83, quietly and peacefully passed away at home on Saturday July 30, 2011, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. To mourn her passing, she leaves behind ....

    SCHS Alum dies at 46

    Tarzan Flowers ('83) departed this life Monday, November 8, 2010, at Medical College of Virginia. He was 46. Flowers was a member of the Surry County High School football team and a friend to many. A homegoing service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 13, 2010 at Mount Nebo Baptist Church. Internment will be in Booker T. Memorial Park. Viewing from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Home and two hours prior to the service Saturday at the church. Arrangements by Poole's Funeral Home.

    SCHS Alum dies at 50

    Alfred G. Harrison, Jr. "A.G." ('77) departed this life on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at Sentara Obici Memorial Hospital. He was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church, a 1977 graduate of Surry County High School and 1981 graduate of Virginia State University....

    SCHS Alum promoted to Major General

    In October 2009, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that President Barack Obama nominated Brigadier General Michael T. Harrison, Sr. ('76) for appointment to the rank of Major General. A native of Surry, Virginia, Harrison assumed the duties of Deputy Director for Requirements on August 24, 2009. He has served in a variety of Joint Staff and Army Staff positions to include two assignments in the Office of the Chairman.....

    SCHS Alum: Gifted, Talented and Troubled...

    Almost 20 years ago, Jean Claude Pierre Hill ('78) was a model young man, a brilliant student with a bent toward weight lifting and ambitions toward being a brain surgeon. Then it all went wrong. On April 9, 1991, Hill was arrested and charged with the murder of an insurance executive and the wounding of two others in Philadelphia. The murder garnered national headlines .....

    SCHS Alum Dies at 47

    Roberta Lynn Bailey-Martinez ('81) departed this life suddenly on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at Henrico Doctors Hospital, Richmond, Va. She was a 1981 graduate of Surry County High School, and a graduate of the School of Nursing at Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Va....

    SCHS Alum Dies at 48

    Wyatt Clayton '83, son of Dorothy F. Clayton and the late Melvin L. Clayton Sr., departed this life on Feb. 20, 2011. He leaves to cherish his memory, his son, Tramine Cypress; two grandchildren, Tramere and Tramiah; a brother, Melvin M. Clayton (JoAnn); sisters, Marshall Judkins (David), Linda Clayton (Tazewell), JoAnne Robinson (William), Janice Whiting (Glenn), Melody Clayton, Dana Adams (Glenn); a godson Jamal Hill; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.....

    SCHS Alum Joins Riverside Regional Medical Center

    Dr. Dana Davis-Covington ('97) recently joined the hospitalist team at Riverside Regional Medical Center. An honor student at Surry County High School, Davis-Covington earned her medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) where she also completed residency training in internal medicine. Prior to EVMS, she attended Norfolk State University (NSU) on a full scholarship as a DNIMAS scholar. She graduated summa cum laude from NSU in 2001. While a student at Surry County High School, Davis-Covington made history.....

    SCHS Alum Lisa Clark dies at 38

    Valisa "Lisa" Clark '90, 38, of Surry County, Va., died May 1, 2011, at her residence at Runnymeade. She is survived by her mother, Gabriella (Gaye) W. Clark; a brother, Marvin Clark; maternal grandmother, Rebecca J. Wooden; paternal grandparents, Oldie and Geneva Clark of Albion, Mich.; nephew, Marcus Clark; aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles, and a host of cousins.....

    SCHS Alum Voice of WTOP Radio in Washington D.C.

    Veronica Robinson ('85) is a familiar radio voice to many in the Washington D.C. area. A reporter for WTOP radio (103.5 FM and 107.7 FM) she has been doing radio for over 16 years. She started out in Petersburg, Virginia....

    SCHS Alum Earns Realtor Designation

    Tamara Brown-Inzunza ('91), Associate Broker and Real Estate Agent for McEnearney Associates, Inc., recently earned the distinction of Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE). She is one of less than 2,000 agents nationwide (out of over 1.2 million Realtor's in the U.S.) who holds the CDPE designation. A graduate of James Madison University, Brown-Inzunza started working in the real estate field on.....

    SCHS Alum Joins Tidewater News Staff

    Nicholas Langhorne ('05) recently joined the Tidewater News as a full-time staff writer covering Franklin, Virginia. He joined the newspaper after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2009 with a degree in ......

    SCHS Alum Livens up Courthouse With Paintings

    The art of Alonzo Saunders ('88) recently draped the lobby and first-floor waiting area of the City of Hopewell courthouse. The approximately 30 images included a moving collection of paintings depicting African-American women. A resident of Petersburg, Virginia, Saunders has a distictive style and versatility.....

    SCHS Alum Shares Her Story

    Mechelle Lynnette Savedge Blunt ('79) is best known to older alums for her role as Dorothy in the Surry County High School production of "The Wiz" back in the late 1970's. She was recently featured in the Tidewater News "Know Your Neighbor" feature....

    SCHS Alum helps homeless, poor and unemployed

    Shannon Omia Pierce ('94), regulatory counsel at AGL Resources, is passionate about the pro bono work she has done, especially for nonprofit groups serving the homeless, the poor and the unemployed ...

    SCHS Alum has No. 44 jersey retired

    On December 27, 2007, Edward Barham ('06) became the first athlete to have a jersey number retired from Surry County High School ....

    SCHS Alums Published Authors

    Looking for a good book to read? Check out these published titles by John Butler ('81), LaSonya Slade ('94) and Adriene Newby-Allen ('86) ......

    SCHS Alumni Spotlight: Michael J. Smith ('80)

    The spotlight shines on: Michael J. Smith ('80). He is Director of Research & Development Operations for ITT Corporation's Advanced Engineering and Sciences Division and runs a $500 million program with over 20 subcontractors. In 2006, he was named a winner of the the Minorities in Research Sciences Senior Investigator Award by Science Spectrum magazine...

    SCHS Trailblazer: Newton M. Taliaferro

    Second in an  occassional series on Surry County High School Trailblazers: Newton M. Taliaferro, was the first black to serve on the Surry County School Board when he was appointed.....

    SCHS Alum an NBA Official

    Olandis Poole ('86) has risen through the ranks of basketball officiating through the years. You'll see him wearing No. 50 if you're watching a National Basketball Association (NBA) game......

    SCHS Alum named to HPEDC Board of Directors

    Ruffin Price, Jr. ('80) is a member of the High Point Economic Development Corp. (HPEDC) board of directors. The 19-member HPEDC board of directors  mission is to work to retain existing business and industry in the City of High Point, North Carolina.

    Price is the owner of Ruffin Price Insurance Agency, Inc. and a graduate of Virginia State University.

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