Jordan-Matthews High School

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Jordan-Matthews High School
Motto It's a great day to be a jet
Type Public
Gender Coeducational
Principal Martin McDonald
Asst. Principal Ileana Herrera Lobo
Students 800
Grades 9-12
Location 910 East Cardinal Street,
Siler City, North Carolina, USA
District Chatham County Public Schools
Colors Royal blue and gold
Nickname Jets
Website jmhs.chatham.k12.nc.us
Jordan Matthews High School
Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City, NC.
Jordan-Matthews Jets
School Jordan-Matthews High School
Conference Mid-State
NCHSAA 2A Division
Athletic director Sandy Morse
Location Siler City, NC
Football stadium Phil E. Senter Stadium
Basketball arena Frank N. Justice Gymnasium
Nickname Jets
Colors
     Royal Blue       Gold
Website Jordan-Matthews Athletics

Jordan-Matthews High School is found in Siler City, North Carolina. This high school is a 2-A classification with about 800 students and 60 staff members.[1] It is often referred to as J-M. Its county rivals include Chatham Central High School (Bear Creek, NC), and Northwood High School (Pittsboro, NC).

In 2012, U.S. News ranked Jordan-Matthews as the 4th best high school in the state of North Carolina.[2]


Basic Information[edit]

The school team is the Jordan-Matthews Jets. The team was originally the Blue Phantoms,[3] but changed when the schools were integrated in 1968−69[4] to avoid controversy over the resemblance to the KKK. The school's colors are royal blue and gold.

The school offers a block style schedule which allows students to take eight classes a year. A wide variety of AP classes and career development classes are offered here. In 2009 Us News and World Report assigned JM a Silver Medal as one of the best high schools in America.

Sports and clubs are popular activities at the school. Some clubs such as AIM, DECA, FBLA, and HOSA compete at district, state, and national levels. In the past, sports such as women’s tennis, golf, and men’s basketball and soccer have won state championships. The book "A Home on the Field", was written by the Jordan-Matthews soccer coach, Paul Cuadros.

Notable alumni[edit]

Student population[edit]

Chatham County, where the school is located, has experienced an influx of Hispanics over the last ten to fifteen years. The number of Hispanic children enrolled in school has increased by 598% from 1990 to 1998. In the 2010−11 school year, of the 732 students, 42% were Hispanic, 36% were White, 21% were Black, and less than 1% were American Indian or Asian.[5]

Faculty/Staff[edit]

The current principal is Martin McDonald. The current assistant principal is Ileana Herrera Lobo. The first Hispanic assistant principal in the history of Chatham County since the county was formed in 1757 was Dr. Norma Quinones, who was employed at Chatham Central High School in 2002-2003.

Athletics[edit]

The Wells Fargo Cup is awarded to a school in each conference that exhibits an outstanding athletic program. Points are awarded for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in each sport. JM has just been awarded their 5th cup in a row in 2012. In addition, there is a sportsmanship award that is voted on by the coaches of each sport. In the past, no school had ever won both awards the same year. This is the third year of the last four that JM has won both. This is a testament to JM's skills and how they exhibit them.

Boys Varsity Basketball: Head Coach, PJ Lowman

Girls Varsity Basketball: Head Coach, Mel Dark

Junior Varsity Boys Basketball: Head Coach, Chris Eaves

Varsity Football: Head Coach, Marty Scotten

Junior Varsity Football: Head Coach, Darrell Bean

Varsity Baseball: Head Coach

Junior Varsity Baseball: Head Coach

Softball: Head Coach

Boys Varsity Soccer: Head Coach, Paul Cuadros

Girls Varsity Soccer: Head Coach, Troy Palmer

Athletic facilities[edit]

Frank N. Justice Gymnasium- Has a small/unique style and known for a pumped atmosphere, recently renovated, Home to Basketball teams

Jimmy Warford Field- Brand new scoreboard put up in 2010, College/Major league field dimensions, Home to Baseball teams

Phil E. Senter Stadium- Field is well kept, directly behind the school, Brand new scoreboard put up in 2011, Home to Football, Soccer, and Track teams.

6 Tennis Courts- Home to Boys and Girls Tennis

Jets Softball Field- Behind Phil Senter Stadium's Concessions/Locker Rooms, Home to Softball

Football[edit]

The Jordan-Matthews Jets, are members of NCHSAA Division 2-A and The 2-A Mid-State Conference. Under head coach Marty Scotten, the Jets have been a football powerhouse throughout the years, making claim to 3 straight 10+ wins seasons. In recent years, The Jets have consistently been ranked in many local and state media polls making them a team to watch. The football team is regarded as one of the centerpieces of their conference which in that list are included Cummings High School and Reidsville High School. Jordan-Matthews is in its 2nd year as being a part of the Mid-State 2A conference and they've continued their huge success that they had while playing as 1A.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pate, R. (2008). JM 1 Stop. Retrieved Nov. 17, 2008, from Jordan-Matthews High School, Siler City, NC. Web site: http://www.jmhs.chatham.k12.nc.us.
  2. ^ "Top North Carolina High Schools | Best High Schools". US News. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Sports of Chatham
  4. ^ A Brief History of the Schools of Chatham County...continued...
  5. ^ Burritt, S. (2000). Siler City, North Carolina, Chatham County. A Community Diagnosis Including Secondary Data Analysis and Qualitative Data Collection, 16-18. Retrieved from database.

Coordinates: 35°43′25″N 79°27′04″W / 35.7234737°N 79.4511317°W / 35.7234737; -79.4511317