NCHSAA Hall Of Famer Receives Honor


JAMESTOWN — Ragsdale High School has formally named its gymnasium for a North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Famer.

The school named the gymnasium in honor of Mike Raybon at ceremonies prior to the Ragsdale football game on Friday night.

Raybon was inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame in 2005. He was a long-time athletic director at Ragsdale and was a great wrestling coach as well.

From 1965 to ’84, he was the head wrestling coach at Ragsdale, where he started the program. He posted a 216-45-2 mark in that sport, including seven unbeaten seasons, 14 conference championships and three state championships. He served as assistant principal at Ragsdale for a couple of years and then eight years at Southwest Guilford before returning to Ragsdale in ’95 as athletic director.

He has won numerous Coach of the Year awards at the conference and state level and for years either directed or served as consultant for the NCHSAA state wrestling championships, helping turn it into a signature event. He has also served as commissioner for several high school athletic conferences and for over 30 years was an outstanding wrestling official.