Land was purchased for building a new high school on October 10, 1950. On January 2, 1951, the school board voted to name the school Fred T. Foard High School after Dr. Fred Theopheolus Foard, a member of the Catawba County Board of Education from 1923 to 1931. Construction began on the high school on June 4, 1951. The school was originally built on 25 acres (100,000 m2) and would hold 455 students.
The mascot is the Tiger and the school colors are Columbia Blue and White. The athletic department also uses Navy Blue to accent the main colors. Fred T. Foard is a North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A school. Teams representing the school have won 13 North Carolina state championships, 11 in women's sports with 6 volleyball state titles, 3 in women's basketball, and 2 in softball. The men's sport teams have won 2 state titles, both in wrestling in 2011 and 2013.