Welcome To Laurinburg Institute

Meet Our Graduates

E.M. and Tinny McDuffie

Laurinburg Institute was started by E.M. and Tinny McDuffie the fall of 1904.

We love educating and developing young minds. Our staff is fully trained and licensed to exceed your expectations.

Only One “Tute”

There’s only one Laurinburg Institute. We take great pride helping to develop young women and men.

Laurinburg Institute Capital Campaign

Founded in 1904, the Laurinburg Institute was a private, day school that served as a public school because there was no other school for Black youth at the time. The Institute added a residential program in the early 1920’s to provide resident housing for students who lived too far away to be transported to the school on a daily basis. 

Well-known alumni of the Laurinburg Institute include Dizzy Gillespie (Trumpeter), Sir John Swan (Bermuda Premier, Member of the British Cabinet), Charlie Scott (Athlete) John Russell (Basketball Referee) Dr. Frances Foster (Ophthalmologist), and Larry Hall, (Current Attorney and former State Legislator, Head of the Democratic Party, and NC Secretary of Veteran Affairs). 

Presently, the Laurinburg Institute is developing a virtual, distance learning program for students in grades 9-12. Phase 1 of the Laurinburg Institute Capital Campaign will complete renovations of the classroom building and provide certified, 9-12th grade, private education that will be open to all students while primarily serving Black students in the region. Phase 2 of the Capital Campaign will renovate, recover, and restore nine historic buildings and campus. When Phase 2 is completed, the Laurinburg Institute will return to providing 9th-12th grade education plus 1 year of post-secondary education for both day and residential students. The Laurinburg Institute is a state-approved educational institution which receives Opportunity Scholarships to cover the cost of education for qualified NC students.

The Laurinburg Institute was severely damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence in 2018. The roofs on all nine major buildings were significantly damaged and rendered the buildings unusable. The Board of Trustees is fully committed to raising all of the needed funds for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Capital Recovery Project. 

The Capital Campaign is a local, state, regional, and national campaign and includes outreach to individual donors, alumni, descendants of alumni, foundations, corporate giving, sponsorships, and government.

For more information and interest in the Capital Campaign, contact:

President, Laurinburg Institute

125 McGirts Bridge Road
Laurinburg, NC 28352


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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurinburg Institute 

Laurinburg Institute

125 McGirts Bridge Road 

Laurinburg, North Carolina 



Laurinburg Institute is a historic African American preparatory school  in Laurinburg, North Carolina. The school was founded in 1904 by Emmanuel  Monty and Tinny McDuffie at the request of Booker T. Washington. Emmanuel  McDuffie was a graduate from Snow Hill Normal and Industrial Institute.[1] 

The school is noted for its output of highly accomplished alumni, including a rich  basketball tradition, having produced several All-Americans, collegiate players,  international players, and NBA players. 


Postcard image of Moore Academic Hall at the  

Laurinburg Institute

Notable alumni 

  • Antonio Anderson, NBA player[2]
  • Renaldo Balkman, NBA player
  • Spider Bennett, ABA player
  • Joe Budden, broadcaster, songwriter, and former rapper
  • Wes Covington, MLB player
  • Charlie Davis, NBA player[3]
  • Joey Dorsey, NBA player
  • Robert Dozier, PBA player
  • Arvydas Eitutavičius, Lithuanian professional basketball player Mike Evans, NBA player and coach
  • Dizzy Gillespie, musician[4]
  • Chris Johnson, NBA player
  • Sam Jones, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, 10x NBA champion and 5x NBA All-Star
  • Earl “The Goat” Manigault, street basketball player
  • Grachan Moncur III, jazz trombonist
  • Billy Reid, NBA Player
  • Quantez Robertson, BBL player
  • Magnum Rolle, Bahamian professional basketball player
  • Charlie Scott, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, 3x NBA All-Star and NBA champion in 1976
  • Jimmy Walker, NBA player
  • Chris Washburn, NBA player
  • Dexter Westbrook, ABA player
  • Shawne Williams, NBA player


  1. Twenty-Five Years in the Black Belt by William James Edwards 2. Antonio Anderson Stats. Basketball-Reference. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  2. Charlie Davis Stats. Basketball-Reference. Retrieved September 14, 2019. 4. Brown, Claude (1980-02-03). “In Love With the Trumpet; Dizzy Author’s Query”. New York Times. p. BR4. At 16, the future father of bebop entered Laurinburg Institute… In 1935 he left Laurinburg Institute and joined his  family at their new home…

The Laurinburg Institute-Snow Hill Institute Connection

The Laurinburg Institute-Snow Hill Institute connection dates to April 29, 1902, when W.P. Evans, a well-to-do Black businessman, wrote Booker T. Washington, requesting an able person to assist in the education of Laurinburg’s considerable Afro-American population. When no help came from those quarters, Snow Hill Institute provided Emmanuel and Tinny McDuffie, recent graduates and newly married, to start a school similar to Snow Hill in North Carolina in 1904. Laurinburg’s charter states:         “Students are taught self-reliance, race pride, independent manhood, and womanhood. They are encouraged to remain at their homes in the South, to buy land, to assist their fathers and mothers, and to educate their fellows.”

Earlier, Snow Hill Institute had, for all practical purposes, beginning with a meeting of Willie J. Edwards and his supporters in the summer of 1890 in Snow Hill, Alabama even though it was not incorporated by the state until 1894. The first schoolhouse was an abandoned crib in the quarters, a run-down, one-room log cabin 18 feet wide and 24 feet long.  It had a dirt floor and a leaky wood shingle roof.  There were only three students.