In 1939, when President Franklin Roosevelt decided to move Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday, North Carolina was having none of it. Governor Hoey announced that he decided it would be “unwise” to change the date, and so it was determined that North Carolinians would “observe Thanksgiving this year on the same date they have had the holiday for 75 years – the last Thursday in November.”
While many returning World War II servicemen took advantage of the G.I. bill to attend college, there were also veterans who needed to finish high school. In Raleigh, a program was established at Hugh Morson High School where classes were held for veterans each day from 4:15 until 9:45 p.m. in “all high school subjects for which there is a sufficient demand.” Writer Elizabeth Blalock reported in 1946 on the success of the fledgling program.