Needham B. Broughton High School

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Needham B. Broughton High School
Address
723 St. Mary's Street
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27605
United States
Coordinates 35°47′25″N 78°39′09″W / 35.7902°N 78.6524°W / 35.7902; -78.6524Coordinates: 35°47′25″N 78°39′09″W / 35.7902°N 78.6524°W / 35.7902; -78.6524
Information
School type Public
Founded 1929
NCES School ID 370472001839[1]
Principal Mr. Stephen Mares
Vice principal Katherine White
Diane Lockwood
Michael Lentz
Mike Ludwick[2]
Teaching staff 122.41 (FTE)
Enrollment 2,174
Schedule type Modified Block, 4-period (A-B Day)
Hours in school day Monday-Friday, 7:25A.M-2:18P.M
Color(s) Purple and Gold          
Fight song Cheer Broughton
Sports 18 varsity teams
Nickname Capitals
Degrees IB Diploma
Programs IB Programme
Website
Broughton High School June 2007.jpg

Needham Bryant Broughton High School, or simply Broughton High School, is one of the flagship schools of the Wake County Public School System. It is located at 723 St. Mary's Street, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. Broughton was named after the Raleigh businessman and politician, Needham B. Broughton, who contributed much to the public schools of the area. Broughton is currently ranked 410th in Newsweek's list of the top United States schools.[3] It runs on a 4x4 modified block schedule (A Day-B Day which allows students to go a whole semester without missing a "core class" or a foreign language), and is the only school in Wake County to do so. Broughton is known for its castle-like stone facade and tall bell tower. The architect was William Henley Deitrick, FAIA.[4]

Academics[edit]

It offers over 25 Advanced Placement (AP) courses to challenge the upper tier of its students, as well as several International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. The school offers four foreign languages: French, German, Latin, and Spanish. Broughton has produced eight UNC Morehead-Cain Scholars, three NC State Park Scholars, and one Wake Forest University Reynolds Scholar in the past five years.[4][5]

Sports[edit]

Broughton's sports teams play under the name "Capitals." The school has 18 varsity teams (the newest of which are the lacrosse and gymnastic teams) that compete with other 4-A schools in the CAP-8 conference and with schools around the state.[6] Broughton's main sports facilities are the 3,000-seat Capital Stadium and the Holliday Gymnasium (the only "4A" high school gym in North Carolina that can house the entire school population). In 2013, Broughton finished second in the Under Armor Finding Undeniable competition, which is a $140,000 prize toward a high school athletic program.

Arts[edit]

Broughton not only strives to produce strong academic and athletic programs, but a strong arts program as well. It has a well known band, orchestra, and chorus, among other groups. The "Carolina Spirit" show choir was known as the top show choir in the country during the 1990s, winning an unprecedented 6 consecutive Showstoppers National/International Championships. In 2007 the drama department, led by Bill Hagen, created a production of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 Broadway play A Raisin in the Sun.[7]

Band[edit]

Broughton's award-winning band program has attended the 2008 and 2012 Tournament of Roses Parades.[8] The 186 member band was one of fifteen bands selected to participate for the 2008 parade, and one of only six high schools.[9] They are the first Raleigh band and the fourth North Carolina band to be invited. They were invited to march at the Inaugural Parade for N.C. Governor Bev Perdue. The Jazz I group also performed for President Barack Obama during his visit to Raleigh on July 29, 2009. The band is currently under the direction of Ms. Margie Harrison who took over after Jeffery Richardson retired in 2012 after 34 years in charge. In addition to its marching program, Broughton has a concert band and a symphonic wind ensemble, and also maintains a prestigious Jazz Band that has performed for Jay Leno in 2011 as well as making other appearances in Raleigh's "Pieces of Gold" at Memorial Auditorium, and playing in Cameron Village's Chickfila and Noodles restaurants.

Orchestra[edit]

Broughton's orchestra program is highly regarded and is under the direction of Mr. Greg Logan.[10] [11]

Community service[edit]

As part of Broughton's commitment to the community, students are required to perform 25 hours of service, each year, within the community; this requirement provides over 55,000 hours annually to Raleigh City and surrounding areas. Students can also participate in service trips to Guatemala (Proyecto Quetzal) and in projects such as a school-sponsored Habitat for Humanity house. The community service program is headed by Jane VanGraafeiland.[11] [12]

Technology[edit]

The school has in recent years undergone a technological renovation. Each room is equipped with at least one computer, and there are over six computer labs throughout the school. In addition, Broughton is serviced by the adjacent Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL),[13] a program established by former Senator John Edwards that provides after-school access to computers. Here students put on a variety of programs and create special feature videos, from historical documentaries to Star Wars movie spoofs. Broughton's graphics department has also received an update, and students from this program do everything from designing t-shirts to creating 3-D models of airplanes.

From 2002-2004 Broughton underwent a $14 million renovation in which much of the school was gutted and refitted with state-of-the-art technology and new interiors. During the 2004-2005 school year Broughton received an additional $5 million to renovate its Holliday Gymnasium (the state's largest high school gym). One of the highlights of the renovations was the refurbishment of the newly titled Diane Payne Auditorium, named after the recently retired veteran principal.[2][11]

WCAP[edit]

Broughton broadcasts its morning announcements via a closed-circuit network, headquartered from the WCAP media studio in the library. WCAP was founded in 1992 under the supervision of then-principal Diane Payne, and was then a monthly, pre-recorded news production informing students of the events happening around Broughton. By 1993 it had evolved to become a live, daily show broadcast from the media center. The set has undergone many renovations throughout the years, and WCAP recently celebrated its twentieth birthday on January 30, 2012.[14] [15]

Notable alumni[edit]

Jim Beck Notable member of The Class of 1987. Soccer player.

In popular culture[edit]

The music video for the 1993 song '74–'75 by The Connells features members of the Broughton High School Class of 1975 as they appeared in 1993 with juxtaposed images of their senior pictures.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Needham Broughton High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Broughton High School - Broughton Administration". Broughton.wcpss.net. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  3. ^ "The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S.Schools". Newsweek. 2005-08-05. Archived from the original on 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2007-01-14. 
  4. ^ a b Profile Doc
  5. ^ "Broughton High School - IB Information". Broughton.wcpss.net. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  6. ^ Broughton Athletics
  7. ^ Broughton High School Clubs and Organizations
  8. ^ Pasadena Tournament of Roses Website-Media
  9. ^ Tournament of Roses Parade Participants
  10. ^ "Broughton High School - Orchestra - Curriculum Related Clubs - Clubs". Broughton.wcpss.net. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  11. ^ a b c "Needham Broughton High School - Raleigh, North Carolina/NC - Public School Profile". Publicschoolreview.com. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  12. ^ Broughton High School - Community Service Program
  13. ^ "Wade Edwards Learning Lab". Wade.org. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  14. ^ Needham B. Broughton's WCAP Website
  15. ^ "WCAP". Broughton.wcpss.net. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  16. ^ UNC Biography
  17. ^ U.S. Soccer Website - Player Bio
  18. ^ NCCU Names Spence Men's Basketball Head Coach
  19. ^ Clarey, Christopher. "World Championships - Americans Strike Gold in Unexpected Places". New York Times. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  20. ^ "Tag search result for: David Ward | newsobserver.com projects". Projects.newsobserver.com. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  21. ^ One Simple Band website - The Connells videos Retrieved 2012-01-21

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