JUNIUS H ROSE PROFILE
Junius Harris Rose Profile
BY MACIE WRIGHT NOVEMBER 25, 2014
Junius H. Rose High School is the place where students will spend four years of their life working hard and making memories, but who is Junius H. Rose, the man behind the school? Junius Harris Rose was born in 1892 and attended Trinity College, currently known as Duke University, for his undergraduate studies. After graduating from college, Rose became a principal in Kinston until 1915. After he left Kinston, he went on to be a principal in Bethel until 1917. He served a stint in the U.S Army after he left Bethel, but returned to Eastern North Carolina two years later. In 1919 he came to Greenville and became principal at Greenville High School. Only one year after arriving in Greenville, Rose became the Superintendent of Greenville City Schools in 1920. He later attended Columbia University and earned his Master’s Degree in 1926.
Rose was not only very involved in the school system of Eastern North Carolina, but he was very involved in the community by serving as the American Legion Commander for North Carolina as well as the Assistant State Director for Civil Defense. By serving in both of these offices, he worked to promote veterans’ affairs and civil defense in the state of North Carolina. Rose worked with the Governor’s Commission on Employment of Physically Handicapped, Governor’s Commission on Library Resources, North Carolina Conference Board of Christian Educators and many more organizations.
Rose was an accomplished man and had an impact on the citizens in North Carolina, but he had a special influence on the student body that attended Greenville High School. He was known to go out of his way to talk to the students face-to-face to congratulate them and to show his care for their well-being and education. He was always ready to help students with financial aid for college and he wanted to see all of the students succeed in whatever they wanted.
Retired Vice Principal Ella Harris knew Rose growing up and later as a fellow colleague. She knew him as a little girl when he would walk into her classroom as the superintendent
“Mr.Rose had a special presence during all of my 12 years of schooling in the Greenville City Schools,” Harris said.
Junius Harris Rose High School, the school that has helped shape of all the students who walk in the door, was named after an incredible man.
“Mr.Rose’s leadership and demeanor encouraged and empowered students to be good and do good things,” Social studies teacher Steven Hill said.
Rose was an accomplished and loved man who made an impact at this school and left an everlasting influence on not only the student body, but the faculty and alumni as well. Rose passed away on March 28, 1972 at the age of 80, but his lasting impact and legacy will live on with Junius H. Rose High School.
Information taken from: Hill, Steven A. Behind the Names / by Steven A. Hill. Fountain, NC: RA Fountain, 2010. Print.