Dr. Ralph Llewellyn Fike was born March 14, 1905 in Union, S.C. and received his B.A. Degree from Wofford College in 1926.
Dr. Fike began his career by serving on the faculty of Charles L. Coon High School in Wilson, 1926-1928. After receiving his medical degree from Medical College of the State of South Carolina in 1932, he returned to Wilson to open his medical practice. Dr. Fike maintained his interest in public education, serving on the Wilson County Board of Education from 1938 until 1958, the last five years as its chairman.
Dr. Fike held many titles and received numerous honors, but among the most noteworthy were being elected president of the North Carolina School Board Association, president of the Fourth District Association, and being named Layman of the Year in Education in 1956.
When a new high school was planned for Wilson in the late 1950s, the Wilson County Board of Education honored Dr. Fike by naming the school after him.
Ralph L. Fike High School opened its doors to students on October 9, 1958.
"He made friends by being one,
And on his friendship men relied;
In every deed that need be done
He made the Golden Rule his guide."
By Will Taylor, at portrait unveiling of Dr. Ralph L. Fike on May 26, 1960