Canton Rewind’s top 5 greatest hits

Canton Rewind launched six months ago as part student project, part community history and part just plain fun.

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So, to rewind on Canton Rewind, here’s what you have shared, commented on and clicked the most:

1. Video offers peek into 1976 Cherokee High

On one of the last days of school in 1976, student Lanny C. Lathem didn’t know he was capturing something rare on film.

1976 Cherokee High School

2. Video: 1960 homecoming parade: Fairy tale dresses and cars

One of the homecoming court members ride in the 1960 Cherokee High homecoming parade through Main Street in 1960. Led by the marching band, cheerleaders and others in backs of trucks, long stretches of convertibles with homecoming royalty wind their way through Main Street during the 1960 Cherokee High School homecoming parade.

Take a look at fashion and cars of the time, as well as glimpses of the architecture and businesses along Main Street and how they’ve changed (or not).

3. Video: 1950s school days

t’s 1957: The 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Canton Elementary have moved into the old Canton High School building now that the new high school, Cherokee, has opened.

In this screengrab from Richard Gray's home movie, a student is wearing a Canton jacket at Canton High School.

4. Video: First day of school in the 1940s

Although Canton Rewind is focused on Canton, this video of the first day of school in Holly Springs from 1940 is a treasure for anyone interested in local history.

Holly Springs Elementary 1940

5. Burger Chief, with a side of 1980s memories

Burger Chief cup A student and part-time worker at Burger Chief in the early ’80s remembers the uniforms, the arcade games, the popular menu items and how Burger Chief, in a way, is a symbol of Canton days gone by.

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