In 1989, a festival was held in downtown Drexel, North Carolina at which time some of the members of the festival committee decided to incorporate a Drexel High School Alumni Homecoming.
During the planning for this homecoming, it was decided to begin a scholarship to honor a great educator and honorable man, Harry L. Hallyburton. Mr Hallyburton was the principal of Drexel High School for many years and was one of the community's outstanding citizens. Mr. Hallyburton was loved and respected by his family, his students, his friends, and his community. In order to maintain this fund; The Drexel Alumni Association was formed. A few years later, the association was able to start another scholarship program honoring a special teacher, Mrs. Faye T. Russell.
All former students, graduates, and friends of the Drexel Schools are encouraged to join this association.