New Hanover High School
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|New Hanover High School|
|1307 Market Street
Wilmington, North Carolina, 28401
|School district||New Hanover County Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. Al Lerch|
|Assistant principals||Jackie Blackmore|
|Color(s)||Orange and Black|
New Hanover High School is a high school located in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. New Hanover High is the oldest existing high school in Wilmington. The original building, designed by William J. Wilkins and constructed in 1919, underwent a complete renovation at the start of the 21st century.
New Hanover is the most diverse high school in New Hanover County. The school's ethnicity is 50% Caucasian, 43% African-American, 5% Hispanic and 2% of other ethnic classification. The school has an enrollment of 1,721 students. Before moving to its current location, the school was known as Wilmington High School. As such, it opened in 1898, making the school today one of the oldest public high schools in North Carolina.
The tradition of Wildcat Athletics is exemplified in the 30 4-A State Championships. These include 14 Boys Basketball, 5 Baseball, 4 Football, 3 Boys Tennis, 3 Softball, and 3 Boys Golf.
The high school's gym was featured in a season 4 episode of the TV series One Tree Hill when the Tree Hill Ravens played their state semifinal game vs. Verona. It was also featured in the 1987 film Hiding Out, and in the film Blue Velvet.
Notable alumni 
- Cody Arnoux- Class of 2006 - played for Everton F.C., currently playing for Real Salt Lake in the MLS
- David Brinkley - longtime news anchor for NBC and ABC; famous for the Huntley-Brinkley Report and This Week
- Alge Crumpler - Class of 1996
- Rod Delmonico - former baseball coach at the University of Tennessee
- Roman Gabriel - former NFL quarterback (Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles)
- James GoodnightCEO SAS
- William D. Halyburton, Jr.
- Sonny Jurgensen - Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins)
- Charles P. Murray, Jr.
- Trot Nixon - Class of 1993
- Don Payne - Class of 1982, writer and producer for The Simpsons and other television and film projects
- Cecil R. Reynolds - Class of 1969, noted psychologist, author, and test developer
- Robert Ruark author of Something of Value
- Jay Ross - Class of 2006 - NFL Defensive Tackle Green Bay Packers
- George Shepard - former coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels 
- Clyde Simmons - former NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals)
- Nikki Griffin actress
- Ernie Rushing - Class of 1997 - Musician
- Ty Walker Basketball Player Wake Forest University, Playing professionally in China
John Marshall----Poet, Historian, and supporter of New Hanover Arts Class of 1964
- Steelman, Ben. "What is the History of New Hanover High School?" StarNews. MyReporter. 3 Mar. 2010. 11 Jul. 2010.
- Spiers, Jonathan (March 27, 2013). "Wilmington native Don Payne, writer for ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Thor,’ passes away". Port City Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
- "New Hanover High School Fact Sheet." New Hanover County Schools. 2008.