Conceived in turbulent times, built within limited means, commissioned with a progressive vision of education — this was Pinecrest High School on its first day, Sept. 3, 1969. Into this tumultuous time Moore County opened its third and most controversial high school, a crucible designed to mix what had always been separated by race, economics and geography. “The school of tomorrow is finally a reality,” reads the opening paragraph of that first yearbook, Spectrum. “We have problems, but we can and will solve them.” It wouldn’t be that easy.

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