Buildings Then and Now
Today - 2007
On the top floor or the 3rd floor, what used to be the E & D groups,
are now classrooms
for the High School students. E group was half of the floor towards the
and D group was the other half of the floor closest to Upper School.
The rooms on the 2nd floor, C group, which was under E group, are now
school administrators and the Morganton Regional Resource Center for
the Deaf and
Hard of Hearing. B group is
the infirmary where most of the rooms are
reserved for those recovering
illnesses. What used to be the TV room is now
divided into the nurses' station and an entrance area for those on
The rooms on the first floor or A group are now classrooms for the younger
students, although a couple of these rooms are file rooms, storage rooms,
All the old group supervisor rooms are now break rooms/teachers lounges.
My Rooms at Hoffmeyer Hall
I'm still surprised that I remember the location of
the dormitory rooms
names of my roommates during my first and last year in school. My first
in D group was
room number 303, which was easy to remember, and it was the 2nd
from D Group
Supervisor's room, Archie Johnson ('65), which was also
his first year
employed at NCSD as the
dorm group's supervisor.
The next two years, I rotated to C and B group, which was on the second
mentioned earlier, now occupied
with offices in the old C group area and the school's
infirmary in the B group area. All of first floor was the A group, where I spent my last
two years, are now occupied by
classrooms. As mentioned on the previous
page, I remember very well,
during my first
PE class in the fall of '65, the exercise
room was located in the A Group's
1st room next to the
My First Room at Hoffmeyer Hall
I arrived at NCSD in the fall of 1965, actually, one week after school
started. For some
reason, at the time, new students arrived one week later after the regular
first room in
HH was in D group's room, as previously mentioned was number 303, now
numbered 329 after
the additions of offices in the old TV room area of E group and
the old E group's
supervisor room into a teachers' break room.
My first room at HH is now a classroom taught by, believe it or not, by
the wife of one
of our Classmates, Donnie's wife, Terri. I honestly did not know this until June
36 years to
the day we graduated from this great institution.
Now this was my
corner of the room. My bed was positioned
between the black
chair under the window and the filing cabinet on the right. The desk
that I shared with
Spence Jones was located where the bookcase is now. I
will proudly brag
that the coffee mug that you see on the first shelf is our
Class Coffee Mug
from our 35th Reunion.
Leon Barnwell's bed was next to the window. Notice the air
Mrs. Terri Crump's desk is behind the student desk in the
of the picture.
Tony Long's ('73) bed was near the door. Ironically, the
sign on the door says
"I love this place!" Above the door frame is safety glass, now
paper/cardboard. During our times, it was against dorm rules to cover it,
presumably, to prevent us from having any lights on after bedtime.
This was Spence Jones' corner of the room. His bed was
positioned at the left of the
TV where the bookcase is now. There were wooden closets where the TV and the
positioned in this picture. The concrete block outcropping that you see to
the TV actually covers one of the internal steel pillars of the framework
structure. If you look at Spence Jones'
picture on the previous
page, you can
still see a part of this outcropping not hidden by the closet.
The Hallway of D Group Today - 2007
Standing at the old D group's TV room looking towards the
end of old E group's
hallway. The opening just past the electrical panel leads to the stairway
to go to Upper School. The first door on the right was the Supervisor's
room or his living quarters. Today's modern safety amenities can be seen
in this picture: Looking at the very top of the picture, just past the
a smoke detector; Exit sign over the stairway door; middle right of
is an updated fire alarm pull station; just past the first door on the
the fire alarm flasher; and the series of U shaped hooks that you see in
corner of the ceiling next to the pipes are communication wire holders,
series of wires did not go to this end of the hall and was installed for
possible use in the future...
Standing at the fire doors between the old D and E group
floor, this was
taken looking towards the D group's TV Room. As mentioned in the above
caption, notice the U shaped hooks for the communication wiring, telco,
TV cable, network wiring for computers. Today's technology, eh?
June 7, 2007
A True Then and Now Picture - While I was on the
third floor, I found that
a previously removed poster board exposed the original color scheme that
painted on the walls of all the hallways of Hoffmeyer Hall.
June 7, 2007
My Last Room at
My last room is now partitioned into two rooms. In this picture Jimmy
Gibb's bed was
at front, near the door, and Donnie McLamb's bed was next to the window.
This is the other side of the paneled partition and looking through a new
bed would be were the two mimeograph machines are located and my bed was
the window. The wiring from the radio
station went out this window.
The Hallway of A Group Today - 2007
This is the first floor hallway, standing next to the restroom, (on the
not visible) where we used to have a washer and a dryer, facing towards
TV room where the pool table used to be. Note the carpet and the ceiling
that has been added since our school days.
Unless indicated, all pictures on this page was taken on June 7, 2006.
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