Looking Back: Courtland High School defeats Old Point College

Published 12:17 pm Thursday, October 1, 2020

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By Clyde Parker

Oct. 1, 1920

Defeating Old Point Comfort College, at Fort Monroe, last Saturday, Sept. 25, with a score of 7 to 0, the Courtland High School football team gave every evidence of turning out a representative 11 this year. The two teams were evenly matched. Both played well for so early in the season. The only score of the game came in the second quarter when Hoochie Marks, of Courtland, intercepted an attempted forward pass by Old Point and ran 35 years for a touchdown.

The work of Frank Marks on the offensive and the defensive work of the whole Courtland team stood out prominently. Burton McLemore showed good judgment in selecting his plays and ran back several punts for good gains.

Courtland will play Petersburg High School, at Courtland, next Saturday, Oct. 2, at 3 o’clock. The teams should be evenly matched, and a good game is expected.

The schedule, to date, as arranged by Manager Gillette is as follows:

Sept. 25, Old Point College at Old Point Comfort, Fort Monroe

Oct. 2, Petersburg High School at Courtland

Oct. 6, Franklin High School at Franklin

Oct. 9, Blackstone Military Academy at Blackstone

Oct. 29, Maury High School, of Norfolk, at Norfolk

Nov. 5, John Marshall High School, of Richmond, at Courtland

Nov. 19, Old Point College at Courtland

Games are pending with high schools at Driver, Portsmouth, Hampton and Newport News.


This drawing shows how Courtland High School looked after the expansion to the facllity in 1920. There was an agricultural laboratory, a farm shop, and another space dedicated as a home economics classroom. The entire second story addition was to be used as an auditorium. — Submitted Southampton County Historical Society

Courtland High School enlarged

The 1920 session of Courtland High School started off with a new addition to its building — still under construction. When completed, it will add much to the appearance of the overall two-story building. The lower-floor addition is divided into three rooms, one to be used as an agricultural laboratory, one as a farm shop, and one as a home economics classroom. The entire second story addition will be used as a spacious auditorium.

When the building addition is completed, the agricultural department will be equipped with material mandated by the Virginia Board of Education. The course of study is planned to fit, as nearly as possible, the rural condition of Southampton County. Therefore, young boys who are agriculturally inclined, who are 14 years of age, or older, and are ready to enter high school are invited to come to Courtland High School and sign up for the course.

The work for the coming session will include a course in animal husbandry, for those in their first and second years of high school, and a course in farm management, for those in their third and fourth years. In addition, each class will be required to take a course in farm shop work. Each pupil will also be required to carry a home project, which shall consist of some type of farm enterprise. It will be supervised by the agriculture teacher.

There are still some vacant places in the Courtland area where pupils may board; so come on, boys, and help us make the agricultural course in your agricultural school of Southampton County a success. Let the school help you to fit yourselves for useful employment.