Apex High School

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Apex High School
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Apex, North Carolina
United States
Type Public high school
Established 1920 off of intersection of Hwy 55 then moved in 1976 off of U.S Hwy 64 on Laura Duncan Road
Principal Dr. Dickson
Grades 9 - 12
School color(s) Black and Gold
Mascot (1920 To 1970 yellow jackets) changed in 1970 to the Cougars
Newspaper Legacy
Feeder schools Salem Middle School
Apex Middle School

Coordinates: 35°44′42″N 78°50′16″W / 35.74500°N 78.83778°W / 35.74500; -78.83778

Apex High School is located in Apex, North Carolina in the United States. It is part of the Wake County Public School System and is on a 4x4 Block Schedule.


The school posted the seventh highest average SAT score in the Raleigh Durham area: 1658 with 85.7% of students taking the test.[1]

Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year all students at Apex High will convert from the 7-point grading scale to the 10-point grading scale.



Apex High School fields varsity teams for the following sports: Men's/Women's Basketball, Football, Men's Baseball, Women's Softball, Women's Volleyball, Men's/Women's Soccer, Men's/Women's Lacrosse, Men's/Women's Tennis, Cross Country, Track & Field, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Cheerleading, Men's/Women's Swimming.

Apex High School is the home of the 2013 NCHSAA and 2005 Men's Lacrosse State Champions(Coach John Hayden), the 2006 Men's Soccer State Champions, the 2007 Women's Soccer State Champions, the 2010 Women's State Volleyball Champions, the 2011 Women's Swimming State Championship, and the 2007 (defeating East Chapel Hill), 2008 (defeating Charlotte Catholic), 2009 (defeating Charlotte Catholic), 2011 (defeating Myer's Park) Women's Lacrosse State Champions. 2014 NCHSAA 4A Men's Basketball State Champions (defeating Lake Norman). Men's Basketball coaches 2014 (Head Coach David Neal, Assistant Coaches-Isaac Bristol, Jeff Cropper, and Forrest Moog). The Apex High School Football program reached the 4A West Playoff appearance against rivals Green Hope High School, falling short to make it to Round Two. This was the first time in five seasons they have made it to the playoffs.

Clubs and activities[edit]

Apex High School offers 45 different clubs and activities: Academic Decathlon, Amnesty International, Art Club, Chess Club, Chorus, Cougar Club, Dance Club, DECA, Drama Club, Driver's Education, Environmental Club, FCA, FCCLA, French Club, FTA, German Club, GSA, Inline Hockey Club, HOSA, International Ambassador Society, International Thespian Society, Japan Club, Key Club, Legacy (Newspaper), Marching Band, Minority Empowerment Society, MSA, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Orchestra, Pink Ribbon Club, Programming Club, Spanish Club, Poster Club, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, Step Team (Alpha Chi Sigma), Student Council, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Students Taking Action Now: Darfur (STAND), Teenage Democrats, Teenage Republicans, Teens Against Poverty, Yearbook, Ultimate Frisbee/Disc Golf Club, Step Team, Video Game club, Model United Nations, Debate Club, Lacrosse Pep Band, Jazz Band, BOOST Club, and Writer's Club.

The Ultimate Frisbee team earned the unofficial title of 2010 Tri-9 Conference Champions in its first year of existence by defeating Holly Springs High School in a home-and-home series, 15-11 and 15-13. In 2011, they achieved 4th place in the North Carolina high school state tournament.

Foreign languages[edit]

Apex High School offers French, German, and Spanish. Many other language courses are available online.


Apex High School also features Concert and Marching Band. Under the direction of Paul Rowe, the band currently has three band classes: Concert Band I, Concert Band II, and Concert Band IV (Wind Ensemble). Marching Band is currently an extracurricular activity. The Apex high marching band has won numerous awards among competitions in North Carolina and Virginia including grand champion. The marching band has performed at Disney World and on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Apex concert bands have consistently placed Superior at state concert festival and have, in recent years, placed the 2nd and 3rd largest numbers of students in All District and All State honors bands.

The Apex High School Chorus, directed by Heather Copley,[citation needed] is made up of 140-180 voices, male and female. The ages of students range from fourteen to eighteen. Each year Apex has students who participate in the North Carolina Honors Chorus, and the North Carolina All State Chorus. They have received superior ratings in festivals in and out of state over the course of Heather Copley's reign as director. They have won first place awards in Atlanta, Georgia; Williamsburg, Virginia; Norfolk, Virginia; Orlando, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; and Annapolis, Maryland. They have performed by invitation and auditions at Carnegie Hall in New York City; The Biltmore House Candlelight Tour in Asheville, North Carolina; the North Carolina Music Educators Conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; the Heritage Festivals of Gold in Chicago; and the Memorial Day Invitational Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Apex is known for its outstanding Women's Chorus. The Apex choirs have also toured Italy and Switzerland. They also performed in the London International Choral Festival in London, England. Apex High School maintains three different choir classes - Choral Ensemble (informally known as the Intermediate Women's Chorus), Concert Chorus (Men's Chorus), and Special Choral Ensemble Honors (Honors Women's Chorus). Each class studies and sings a variety of music from each genre. These choirs perform in concerts throughout the year.

Apex High School Orchestra is known for having strong players who participate in the NC Eastern Regional Orchestra, NC Honors Orchestra and the Raleigh Sinfonietta. Under the direction of Todd Miller, they perform at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. They play music from all periods of Classical music and modern pop music. Apex High School is also known for its Guitar Ensemble, also directed by Miller. The guitar program is the only one in Wake County Public School System. It performs at the school and places in downtown Apex, such as the Halle Cultural Arts Center Halle Cultural Arts Center. The guitar program plays music from the Baroque and Renaissance eras.


Apex High School features an AOIT (Academy of Information Technology) program. AOIT works to integrate the use of technology into the standard high school curriculum though projects promoting the use of technology in preparing research, conducting presentations, and communicating with teachers and other students. Through the AOIT program Apex High School is also able to offer technical courses covering topics such as the use of desktop applications and introductory programming. The applications courses range from Applications I, covering the use of applications such as Microsoft Office, up to E-Commerce I which covers static web development including XHTML and basic JavaScript and a new capstone course for Seniors: Digital Video and Media. Programming courses offered cover four different programming languages starting with Visual Basic .NET (Computer Programming I) followed by C# (Computer Programming II), SAS (SAS Programming I), and Java (AP Computer Science A).

GSA activities[edit]

On 2013's World AIDS Day, Apex High School's GSA scattered over 10,000 condoms in the school's bathrooms to raise AIDS awareness.


  1. ^ deBruyn, Jason. "High schools with highest SAT scores in Raleigh-Durham area". Triangle Business Journal. 

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