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District History

From North Carolina's limited funding of rural Orange County schools in the mid-19th Century to the education of a diverse and globally-oriented student body in the 21st Century, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools possesses a rich history of struggle, change, and growth. Use the resources here to learn more about how our district came to be the educational institution it is today.

District History Videos

On the occasion of our Centennial in 2009, CHCCS produced the following series of videos about the history of our district.

CHCCS The Beginning (1909-1929) chronicles the establishment of the district in 1909 through the late 1920s.

CHCCS The Rise of African-American Schools (1916-1953) details the opening and rise of African-American schools that occurred in Orange County, NC after the abolition of slavery in the United States.

CHCCS Desegregation (1954-1961) looks at the struggle and transformation that the school district underwent during the years of desegregation in the Southeastern United States.

Explosive growth took place in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina from the 1960s to the new millennium. CHCCS Unprecedented Growth (1962-2009) chronicles the unprecedented addition of new schools to the district.

District History Timeline

Follow an interactive timeline of significant events occurring in the CHCCS district between 1839 and 2009.

CHCCS district history timeline graphic

CHCCS Leaders by Year

This chronological list contains Superintendents, Principals, and School Board members who have served CHCCS throughout our 100+ year history.

2009 Centennial Celebration & Events

On May 4, 2009, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools turned 100 years old. In order to commemorate this special occasion, the district held a year-long Centennial Celebration.