The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is taking time out of the start of the Thursday, May 20 meeting to honor a very special group of young men – the Grimsley Senior High School Whirlies Football team that managed to do something no other Grimsley football squad had been able to do in 61 years – win the state championship.

The resolution honoring the team will be read by Commissioner Justin Conrad, a Grimsley grad.  It’s clear Conrad is excited about the victory because he was talking passionately about it at a commissioners meeting the night before the Whirlies brought home the gold.

“I can’t not mention the fact that my Alma Mata, Grimsley High School, in the state championship tomorrow,” Conrad said at the board’s Thursday, May 6 meeting.  “So, let’s go Whirlies!  Let’s win that championship and bring it back to Greensboro!”

When the school won the championship in 1960, it was called Greensboro Senior High. Two years after that victory, the school’s name was changed to Grimsley.  This year, under the newer name, the team won the 4-A football championship by beating Raleigh’s Cardinal Gibbons High School 28 to 8.  The two teams battled it out at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill on Friday, May 7. 

Grimsley football, which, six years ago, was a program in the dumps with just two victories in the season, has had a remarkable turnaround.  This season, the high-flying Whirlies went undefeated and shellacked arch-rival Page 42 to 7.

During the pandemic the commissioners haven’t allowed many people at the meetings, however, in recent months, those being honored by resolutions have been allowed to attend, say a few words, and accept a framed copy of the resolution.