EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION IN TROUBLED TIMES

THE LAURINBURG INSTITUTE EXTENDS A LEGACY OF LEARNING TO STUDENTS ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA

LAURINBURG, NC—In 1904, Emmanuel and Tinny McDuffie a teenaged, newly-married couple who had just graduated high school, walked 468 miles from southern Alabama to Scotland County, North Carolina. While walking, day and night, they had to hide from nightriders and the KKK who would harm or kill them just because they could.   

The McDuffies arrived to educate African American students in the tiny hamlet of Laurinburg, North Carolina and the Laurinburg Institute has been successfully educating students for over 116 years ever since. Laurinburg Institute alumni include: John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, legendary jazz trumpeter, Charlie Scott, UNC basketball legend and the South’s first black scholarship player, Dr. Frances Foster, leading female Ophthalmologist,  North Carolina newly-appointed District Court Judge, Frances McDuffie and many others.

In the 2021 school year, at least 300 North Carolina-based 9th-12th grade students will be able to attend the elite Laurinburg Institute, long known for college prep curriculum, small, exclusive classes and excellent teachers on their distance learning platform.  As an accredited and a North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship participating institution, state scholarship funds are available to financially qualified students. 

No high school still operating in America or the state of North Carolina has educated minority students for as long as Laurinburg Institute.  Frank “Bishop” McDuffie, Laurinburg’s President and the 3rd generation family leader of the school said, “Excellent teaching in tough times is what we’ve always done very well at Laurinburg. We have master teachers who are tremendous at taking students from where they are and elevating them to where they need to be.  It’s private school education at a public school cost.”

Scholarship requests for enrollment and placement of new students into Laurinburg Institute for the 2021 school year are open.  Complete the Laurinburg admission application here.  Application for the NC Opportunity Scholarship program will become available on February 1, 2021.  Contact the Laurinburg admissions office at 910-276-0684 for more information.