Northwest Cabarrus High School

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Northwest Cabarrus High School
5130 Northwest Cabarrus Dr.
Concord, North Carolina
28027 USA

School type public school
Established 1966
School district Cabarrus County Schools
Principal Mike Jolley
Enrollment 1,800
Color(s) Orange, Black, White
Athletics conference South Piedmont 3A
Nickname Trojans
Rival Jay M. Robinson, Cox Mill

Northwest Cabarrus High School, commonly referred to simply as Northwest and abbreviated as NCHS, is a comprehensive public high school located in Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA. Although inside the Kannapolis city limits, the school has a Concord address and phone number. The school is a part of the Cabarrus County Schools system. It opened in 1966, merging the former high schools in the Odell and Winecoff communities.


Northwest's academic coursework falls in line with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study in all core subject areas. Advanced Placement courses are offered in United States History, American Government and Politics, Biology, Studio Art, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, English language, English Literature, Statistics, and Calculus.


Northwest's athletic teams are known as the Trojans. The school is in the 3A classification of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. In 2009 Northwest's athletics teams moved back to the South Piedmont Conference, after competing in the North Piedmont Conference from 2001 to 2009. The school sponsors boys' football, tennis, cross country, soccer, basketball, wrestling, swimming, baseball, track, and golf; and girls' tennis, volleyball, cross country, soccer, basketball, swimming, softball, track, and cheerleading.

The Trojan athletic program has won three team state championships - one in baseball (1971), and two in girls cross country (1990 and 1991). Northwest's wrestling team has won numerous individual state championships, as well as close team state finishes. Cross Country and Tennis are both proceeding with time. The Northwest baseball team reached the 3A State Championship series in 2005, however came up short.

The Trojans won an average of two games a year in football between 1990 and 1997, and suffered an embarrassing 97-0 defeat at the hands of A.L. Brown in October 1998. However, Northwest's gridiron fortunes were lifted in the late 1990s, including a three-game-deep run in the 3A Playoffs in 1999 under then-coach Glen Padgett. The 1999 season marked Northwest's first playoff appearance since 1987. In 2005 Northwest posted a 10-1 record, an all-time best for the school, and hosted a playoff football game for the first time since 1976. In 2006 the team went 5-6 in the regular season, but advanced to the 3AA West regional final before losing 25-14 to Charlotte Catholic. The 2006 playoff run resulted in the first regional final appearance for Northwest since 1976, when the Trojans lost 40-8 at Pisgah. The year of 2007 Northwest Cabarrus started the season off great with the recently hired head coach Mike Helms. The Trojans ended their season with an invitation to state playoffs. With their reputation they had gone to state playoffs with a standing of 9-3, but lost their ground and lost in the second round to South Point High School 70-31.

In basketball, Kevin Levine was manager of the men's JV and Varsity basketball teams from 2008-2010. His hard work through the two years was honored by allowing Levine to start for Varsity on Senior Night 2010 against rival Cox Mill High School. Levine scored 6 points, grabbed 2 boards, and dished out 2 assists in 30 minutes of game play.

The school marching band has at times won numerous awards and recognition, including first in its class and grandchampion at numerous places. The band was also first in the Concord Christmas Parade in 2011 and the Kannapolis Christmas Parade of lights in 2010. As of 2008 it is directed by Sam Bogan.

Fine Arts[edit]

Theatre Arts[edit]

As of 1994 the Theatre Department is directed by Andrea Rassler.

ITS (International Thespian Society)[edit]

ITS is a student honorary division of the Educational Theatre Association. ITS offers festivals and conferences to further a student's education in theatre. Continued activities are conducted by the President and Vice-President.

Continued Events planned by ITS[edit]
  • Fall Play
  • Spring Musical
  • Musical Theatre Showcase
  • One Act Play
  • Trunk-or-Treat
  • Improv Team
  • 24 Hour Play Project
  • 10 Minute Play Festival


In 2012 the Advanced Acting class took the one act play, "The Yellow Boat" to NCTC (North Carolina Theatre Conference) Regionals. Awards received at regionals include: Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble Acting, Excellence in Directing(Andrea Rassler), Excellence in Acting(Lole Johnson), and Distinguished Play(votes from the Audience). The Show Advanced to NCTC (North Carolina Theatre Conference) States for the first time where they received an award in Excellence in Use of Props.


The Blumey Awards: "The program’s mission is to recognize, reward and encourage talent and achievement in musical theater among high school students in the greater Charlotte area. The Blumey Awards highlight the importance of musical theater and arts education."

  • Flight of the LawnChair Man (2013) - Costumes (No Win)
  • Zombie Prom (2012) - Lights (No Win)

Past Shows (Main Stage)[edit]

Each year the school performs a main stage Fall play and Spring Musical.

  • Flight of the LawnChair Man (2013) ~
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] (2012)
  • Zombie Prom (2012) ~
  • And A Child Shall Lead (2011)
  • Moby Dick: The Musical (2011)
  • The Birds: A Modern Adaption (2010)
  • Good News! (2010)
  • Pig (2009)
  • big, the musical (2009)
  • The Skin of Our Teeth (2008)
  • Little Shop of Horrors (2007)
  • In the Jungle (2007)
  • Urinetown (2007)
  • Faith County (2006)
  • Disney's Beauty and the Beast (2005)
  • Because Their hearts Were Pure; or, The Secret of the Mine (2005)
  • Les Miserables (2004)
  • Rumors (2004)
  • Honk! (2003)
  • Edgar Allen Poe's Midnight Dreary (2003)
  • Once Upon a Mattress (2002)
  • Learn Me Somethin' (2002)
  • You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (2001)
  • You Can't Take It with You (2001)
  • Working (2000)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank (2000)
  • Macbeth Did It (1999)
  • Dirty Work in High Places (1998)
  • Schoolhouse Rock, Live! (1997)
  • The Skin of Our Teeth (1996)
  • The Odd Couple[Female] (1995)
  • Animal Farm (1994)
  • The Curious Savage (1994)

~ Nominated for an Award in The Blumey Awards


  • Robert Garmon (1967-1978)
  • Bernie Edwards (1978-1986)
  • Glenda Poole (1986-1991)
  • Ken Cartrett (1991-1997)
  • Walter Hart (1998-2000)
  • Phil Hull (2000-2003)
  • Dan Meehan (2003-2006)
  • Sharon Abercrombie (2006-2007)
  • Lynn Rhymer (2007-2011)
  • Mike Jolley (2011-

Notable alumni[edit]

Coordinates: 35°27′02″N 80°39′44″W / 35.450545°N 80.662243°W / 35.450545; -80.662243