Nicholas County High School

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This article is about the current Nicholas County High School. For the previous National Register-listed building, see Old Main (Nicholas County High School).

Nicholas County High School is the name of a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places that was formerly a high school, and it is the name of the current high school in a new building. The current high school is a high school in Nicholas County, West Virginia, United States. Its current location is 30 Grizzly Road Summersville, West Virginia. Nicholas County High School has recently seen an incline in student population as the sister high school, Richwood High School has seen a steady decline. NCHS has 806 (unofficial number) students, as well as over 100 faculty members. NCHS has achieved the accomplishment of placing 16th in the WVSSAC Football Tournament in 2007, 12th place in 2008, 8th in 2009, and 9th in 2012, as well as 8th in the WVSSAC Cheerleading Tournament in 2007. Nicholas County also boasts the title of having the 12th place in the world Future Problem Solvers Team as well as boasting two first place titles and one second place title at the 2013 West Virginia FBLA Conference. The mascot for NCHS is the grizzly bear, and its school colors are Old Gold and Old Navy.

Top Honors[edit]

In the winter of 2008, Nicholas County High School was awarded an honor by U.S. News & World Report. This organization listed NCHS on the top 10% of high schools in the United States. NCHS was the only high school in the Nicholas County School System to achieve this high honor, and was one of the only few in the state to receive it.

WV Writing Assessment[edit]

Nicholas County High School holds the honor of receiving a 94% on the West Virginia Writing Assessment placing Nicholas County in the top percentile.


Sports offered at NCHS are:

  • Football
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Baseball
  • Track and Field
  • Cross Country


Clubs offred at NCHS are:

  • Garden Club
  • Yearbook Journalism
  • Newspaper
  • FBLA
  • Future Problem Solving Program
  • Pulsar Search Collaboratory
  • Student Counselors
  • Natural Helpers
  • Student Council
  • Hi Y
  • Young Republicans
  • FCA


The NCHS chapter of the FBLA plays an integral role within the business department. All students within NCHS are allowed to join this organization and are encouraged to do so to achieve business knowledge. The club is sponsored by Sharon Roberts, Linda Taylor, and Ardith Groves.

Marching band[edit]

The Nicholas County High School Marching Grizzlies have achieved much success in the past several years. They have placed in many different marching band competitions, including Black Walnut Festival and Tri-State. At ratings festival, they received three scores of 1, which is the highest a band can score. The band has been nominated to participate in the 2010 National Independence Day Parade on July 4.

Just recently, the band performed at the 2014 Poca Band Invitational where they were the 1st Runner Up for Grand Champion in Marching for Class C bands; they competed against 3 other bands in their class. Other competitions for 2014 are Ripley and Black Walnut.

The current director is Roger Lee Akers, who has served Nicholas County High School since 2004. He is an alumnus of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, WV and Glenville State College in Glenville, WV. Akers has led the band to several competitions over the past 9 years where they have successfully achieved trophies for marching, auxiliary, drumline, drum major, and overall band.

Currently, the band numbers at only 35 members but is projected to grow by about 10 members for the 2015-2016 school year.

New Administration[edit]

The new principal for the 2013-14 school year is Kendra Rapp.


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Coordinates: 38°19′18″N 80°49′50″W / 38.32167°N 80.83056°W / 38.32167; -80.83056