These photo descriptions of Louis T.
Moore’s historic photographs are cour-tesy
of New Hanover County Public
Library, Louis T. Moore collection (edit-ed
only for length).
Top: The massive yellow brick build-ing
replaced Wilmington High School,
which was located in the Tileston
School building at Fifth and Ann streets.
In 1922, with an enrollment of 840 stu-dents,
it was the largest high school in
North Carolina and was New Hanover
County’s only white high school until
the mid-1960s. At a distance in the
center of the photo is Trinity Methodist
Church. In the plaza at the intersection
of Thirteenth and Market streets, is the
World War I Memorial. It was unveiled
on May 20, 1922 and funded by local
school students and the Wilmington
Chamber of Commerce. The memo-rial,
which lists the names of all New
Hanover County’s World War I dead, was
moved to the high school campus, in
front of Brogden Hall. Photo c. 1920s or
Middle: View is from 14th Street, look-ing
northwest. Wilmington High School,
located in the Tileston School building
at Fifth and Ann streets, was replaced
by New Hanover High School when the
first class graduated in 1922.
Bottom: Students pose in front of
New Hanover High School with Trinity
Methodist Church in the background.
Trinity Methodist Church was organized
in August, 1889, as the Market Street
Methodist Mission. The church met in
Giblem Lodge at Eighth and Princess
streets, but soon moved to a church
at 9th and Market streets. In 1920, the
church hired Leslie Boney to design a
building at 14th and Market streets and
by that time — the church’s name had
changed to Trinity United Methodist
Church. The neoclassical revival building
is a temple-form structure that employs
pressed metal, wood and tile. Services
were first held on December 4, 1921.