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Burch High School

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School type  Public, High School
Closed  June 2011
Mascot  Bulldog
Color  Red white blue
Funding type  State school
Status  Closed
Address  Delbarton, WV 25670, USA
Founded  1921
Ceased operations  June 2011
Burch High School
Coordinates  Burch High School: Old Burch High School:
Established  1921; 96 years ago (1921)
School board  Mingo County Board of Education
District  Mingo County School District

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Burch High School (BHS) was a public high school in Delbarton, West Virginia. It was closed in June 2011.


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In 1916, under the leadership of Lee District board members James A. Farley, Bill Maynard, John Pinson, District Supervisor Lacy Chapman, and Superintendent of Schools Sam Curry, the plan for a new high school was started.

In the fall of 1918, Frank Totten and Claude Dove, principals of the Rock House and Upper Elk schools respectively, were brought to Mingo County to organize the new school. These two principals organized a third-class high school in 1919 at Rock House. In the fall of that year, they moved the new Rock House High School to Upper Elk with Claude Dove as principal. After moving, Rock House High School was promoted to a second-class high school.

In the fall of 1921, Rock House High School moved back to Rock House as a first-class high school and the school's name was changed to Burch High School.

The first graduating class, in 1922, comprised twenty-one students. Of this 1922 class, two became attorneys, five went on to become doctors, and twelve became teachers. James Bertram "Bert" Curry (1901–2004), the valedictorian of the class, became a very successful carpenter, and lived to the grand age of 103 years.

First Graduating Class

  • Valedictorian - James Bertram "Bert" Curry, Carpenter
  • Beatrice Spears, Attorney
  • Matilla Spears, Attorney
  • Roy Curry, DDS
  • William Wirt Curry, DDS
  • Carl Dove, DDS
  • James Robert Farley, DDS
  • Sam Farley, DDS
  • Lace Chapman, Teacher
  • Tilda Curry Chafin, Teacher
  • Averel Clark, Teacher
  • Ethel Clark, Teacher
  • Lula Curry, Teacher
  • Cecil Evans, Teacher
  • Mary Evans, Teacher
  • Sallie Farley Gates, Teacher
  • Elizabeth Perdue, Teacher
  • Ida Roach, Teacher
  • Ida Scott, Teacher
  • Frank Totten, Teacher
  • In June 2011, Burch High School closed its doors for the last time. The 90-year-old school was consolidated with Gilbert, Matewan, and Williamson high schools to form Mingo Central High School, which opened in August 2011. The new school sits at an elevation of 1,940 feet on a 90 acre site along the King Coal Highway in Delbarton, WV (approx. 7 miles southeast of Delbarton).


  • Claude Dove
  • O. C. Van Camp
  • R. E. Remish
  • H. D. Fleming
  • Marion D. West
  • W. A. Collawn
  • Troy Floyd
  • Wayne B. Curry
  • Henry C. Justice
  • James Blevins
  • Bradford Justice
  • Jada Hunter
  • School Song

    The School Song of Burch High School was adapted from Sam Houston State University's "Alma Mater". It was most commonly played or sung at Burch High School class assemblies and sporting events.


    Burch High School earned four state basketball titles.
    Boys' Basketball - 1957(B), 1989(A), 1991(A), 1993(A)

    Boys' Coaches (unknown sport)

  • Kenny Davis
  • Homer Swan
  • Charles Wrighter
  • H. D. Fleming
  • W. A. Collawn
  • Ervin Bridgewater
  • Troy Floyd
  • Henry C. Justice
  • Noah Maynard
  • Baseball

    The first Burch baseball team was formed in 1952 by Coach Jake Maynard. The team lasted till 1957, then went through a 19-year period with no baseball team. The team returned in 1976.

    Boys' Baseball Coaches

  • Jake Maynard, 1952
  • Bill Young, 1953–1954
  • Bud Hale, 1955
  • Villis Stepp, 1956–1957
  • Dick Montgomery, 1976
  • Bill Smith, 1977–81
  • Glen Stafford, 1982–91
  • Calvin Curry (volunteer coach), 1992
  • Don Spence, 1993–94
  • Walt Catron, 1995–96, possibly until 1998
  • Larry Carter, 1999–2011
  • Hank Starr, 2011
  • Thomas Hoffman, 2002–03
  • David Hunt, 2004
  • Larry Maynard (volunteer coach), 2005
  • Thomas Hoffman, 2006
  • Ed Randolph, 2007–08
  • Butch Joplin, 2009–11
  • Basketball

    BHS won the first-ever basketball state title by a Mingo County high school in 1957 (Burch (27-1) 58, Barrackville (24-4) 54), under coach Bill Young. John Maynard, a future Burch head coach, played on that team under the old Class B division.

    Burch then won the Class A title in 1989 (Burch (23-2) 70, Bishop Donahue (20-5) 61), with Coach John Maynard; then two more in 1991 (Burch (23-3) 67, Peterstown (25-1) 53), and in 1993 (Burch (24-3) 70, Doddridge Co. (14-12) 42), under Coach Mike Smith. On March 16, 2011, the Bulldogs played their final basketball game. Burch played its final home basketball game, on February 25, 2011 against Regional Christian School of Delbarton, WV.

    State Basketball Titles

    Old Class "B"
    1957 (State Title) vs. Barrackville (58-54 FINAL)

    Class "A"
    1989 (State Title) vs. Bishop Donahue (70-61 FINAL)
    1991 (State Title) vs. Peterstown (67-53 FINAL)
    1993 (State Title) vs. Doddridge County (70-42 FINAL)

    Boys' Basketball Coaches

  • L. T. Hulenbright (Only lost 1 game in 1922)
  • Bill Young (Old Class B State Championship 1957)
  • Charles Hale
  • John W. Maynard (Class A State Championship 1989.)
  • Mike Smith (Second best school record in 1982, 19 of 20 games. Class A State Championship 1991, 1993.)
  • Kevin Hatfield
  • Boys' Junior High Basketball Coaches

  • Rush Curry (Best junior high record, 26 straight games in 1946.)
  • Villis Stepp
  • Girls' Basketball Coaches

  • Sally Farley (Lost 1 game in 3 years.)
  • Lucille McDonald
  • Bill Smith (Won Burch's only girls state title in 1990)
  • Boys' Football Coaches

  • Mack Hall
  • Phillip Sizemore
  • Sidney Copley
  • Mike Smith
  • Doug Ward
  • Dave hunt
  • Edward Randolf
  • Butch Joplin
  • Walter Catron
  • Villis Stepp/Kenny Maynard-1961


    Burch High School Wikipedia

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