Appalachia Training, Central, &  Bland  Schools
               Home of the Mighty Buffalos


Home of "The Mighty Buffalos", the "winningest" football team in Southwest VA, and NE Tennessee.  The buffalo represented the mascot of three schools;  Appalachia Training, Central High School, and James A. Bland High School. 

First and only high schools educating minority students in Wise and Lee Counties and the City of Norton, VA.  Minority students, prior to the existence of these schools, had to leave home to attend a boarding high school in another area or state to further their education beyond 6th grade.  Click History tab to read more about these schools.


THE GREAT GOLDEN GATHERING being held in July!  East Tennessee and SW Virginia Black Schools closed in 1965-1966. 


Celebrating the legacy of these schools, i.e., the teachers, and all alumni and attendees is the purpose of this website.  All are welcome to join this site to share information about yourself, your family, to communicate with each other, and to give news about the community where we grew up.

If there are any bloggers out there, this site has been opened up to allow members to post your own blogs to share your thoughts, etc.  

Not a member, click the Join tab on the menu bar above, no fee required.  As a member, you can send private emails to other members, post blogs, and keep your own private collection of photos.

Join now and have fun using this website.

If you would like to make a suggestion to add functionality, or would like to recommend changes, contact me through the contact page on this site.  Hope all of you enjoy using the site.

Don't forget about the school apparel store located to the right of this page with a link.  The products sold are of excellent quality and you can select the color and the logo of your choice.  Take the time to browse.  All proceeds will be donated to a scholarship program in the Wise and Lee county communities.  If you would like to see a different school mascot and school names on a particular apparel or accessory that is currently not provided, let me know.  I will do my best to get your desires met.




ATCB Schools - Online Apparel Store 

Purchase apparel and/or accessories with the school mascot and school names.  You have a choice of design and and color.

ATCB Apparel Online Store













Appalachia Training, Central High, and James A. Bland Schools
P.O. Box 216, Big Stone Gap, VA. 24219 

Webmaster: Lynn Shorter Hanks


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