Richard Rankin

Gaston Day School
Headmaster

Biography

Richard Rankin is an educator, historian, conservationist and native of Gaston County and Stanley Creek.  He was assistant professor of history and vice president for institutional advancement at Queens University of Charlotte for 13 years. Since 2001 he has been headmaster at Gaston Day School.

Education

Rankin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in history from UNC Chapel Hill.

Expertise

He has written five previous nonfiction books on state and local history and outdoor life.

Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 13, 2015
    For much of the 19th century, amateur botanists like Stanly County’s Kron sisters expanded what was known about North Carolina’s native flora.
  • plancharlotte.org
    May 27, 2015
    Aided by some surprising coincidences, a curious and determined librarian located the Gaston County site where a famous French botanist first recorded the bigleaf magnolia tree.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 27, 2015
    Aided by some surprising coincidences, a curious and determined librarian located the Gaston County site where a famous French botanist first recorded the bigleaf magnolia tree.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 23, 2015
    No tree on the Rankin property was more prized by those who lived there than the southern red oak known as the Rankin Oak. But its main influence was on the lives of those who lived under its massive branches. What became of the huge tree?
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jan 21, 2015
    Most people around the Gaston County town of Stanley today know nothing about fox hunting. No one hunts foxes here anymore. Once upon a time, however, things were different.