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A Timeline of

CHARLOTTE LATIN SCHOOL


1970

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1969 Announcement of New Private School from  The Charlotte News

1969 Announcement of New Private School from The Charlotte News

Charlotte Latin School opens its doors

What began as a serious conversation between two gentlemen over a fence eventually expanded miles out Providence Road. The school was to be structured as a private, integrated college preparatory institution and provide a classical education. CLS opened its doors with 425 students enrolled in first through ninth grades. The campus consisted of only two buildings and financial restraints limit the school’s athletic program to basketball, cross country, swimming, tennis, golf, soccer, track and cheerleading.

Curriculum would be geared toward the college-bound youngster of ‘average and above-average capabilities.’
— The Charlotte News
First Day of School, 1970

First Day of School, 1970

Original Charter

Original Charter

 
Two-lane Providence Road Heading to Charlotte Latin School

Two-lane Providence Road Heading to Charlotte Latin School

 
 
Frank R. Thies, Jr., Chairman of Latin’s Founding Board of Trustees

Frank R. Thies, Jr., Chairman of Latin’s Founding Board of Trustees

1970 Informational Brochure

1970 Informational Brochure

 
 

Parents Council is Formed

Parents have always been the engine behind Latin.  Every parent is a member of the Parents’ Council which is led by an elected Board.  It was created to support the students, teachers and staff of Charlotte Latin School through community, financial and social activities. May Day Play Day was a crowning achievement of the Council’s first year and became an annual favorite. Joining Parents’ Council is still one of the best ways to become involved with Latin.

A long-running fundraiser for Latin’s Parents Council was the sale of wrapping paper

A long-running fundraiser for Latin’s Parents Council was the sale of wrapping paper

 
I remember distinctly the first day that I arrived on campus to head Charlotte Latin, in August 1976. Not only were there parents already around, helping, but also I had never before seen so many parents at a school being so helpful.
— Dr. Edward J. Fox
 
 
Description of the first May Day Play Day

Description of the first May Day Play Day

Latin’s first Parents’ Council President Cynthia Mitchener

Latin’s first Parents’ Council President Cynthia Mitchener

 
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1971

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First Grandparents’ Day Celebration

A tradition for all students, third grade and younger, this musical revue is an annual event. Grandparents are sent invitations to attend the spring showcase featuring their students in songs, dances and costumed performances.  

 
The opening song for Grandparents’ Day with lyrics by Emilie Williams sung to music of  Hello Dolly!

The opening song for Grandparents’ Day with lyrics by Emilie Williams sung to music of Hello Dolly!

Long-time Lower School music teacher Emilie Williams orchestrated the Grandparents’ Day celebrations for many years

Long-time Lower School music teacher Emilie Williams orchestrated the Grandparents’ Day celebrations for many years

 
 

The HAWK EYE

Latin’s first issue of The Hawk Eye, our student newspaper, is published.

Cover of Latin’s first  The Hawk Eye

Cover of Latin’s first The Hawk Eye

Article from first issue of  The Hawk Eye

Article from first issue of The Hawk Eye

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1974

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First Graduation Class

Thirty-eight Seniors graduated in the Spring of 1974 with all the pomp and pride due such an accomplishment.

 
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Becky Price ‘74 and Callie Clarke Clayton ‘74

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1974 Graduation Program

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Tennis Champions & Football Team

The same year, tennis legend Bev Culbertson, who coached girls’ and boys’ tennis at Latin, led the boys’ team to Latin’s first-ever State Championship.

Latin also fielded its first football team in Fall 1974 under the direction of Coach Bob Patten.

 
Coach Bev Culbertson Earle

Coach Bev Culbertson Earle

Coach Bob Patten

Coach Bob Patten

 
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1975

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SAIS Accreditation

Latin receives accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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1976

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Dr. Edward J. Fox, Jr., begins his first year as Headmaster; Beth Schofield Miller ‘77 is named Latin’s first Morehead Scholar; and the School is awarded its Cum Laude charter, making it the youngest school in the nation to be so honored.

Cum Laude charter

Cum Laude charter

Dr. Fox is a self starter who has good vision for the growth for this School - growth in many ways, not just in number of students, but in the growth of those students themselves.
— Bob Knight, Founder
 
Dr. Edward J. Fox, Jr.

Dr. Edward J. Fox, Jr.

Beth Schofield ‘77, Latin’s first Morehead Scholar

Beth Schofield ‘77, Latin’s first Morehead Scholar

 
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1977

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First Kindergarten Class

Kindergarten is added to Latin’s Lower School for the 1977-78 year, making the Class of 1990 the first class to go Kindergarten through twelfth grade.

 
Latin Line  Article on First Kindergarten Class

Latin Line Article on First Kindergarten Class

 
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First Kindergarten Class


 Choose an Eyry yearbook below to explore another Charlotte Latin decades.

 

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s