West Wilkes High School

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West Wilkes High School
Millers Creek, North Carolina, United States
Type Public
Principal J. Wayne Shepherd
Grades 9–12
Color(s) Orange and Black          
Mascot Blackhawks
Yearbook 'The Hawkeye'

West Wilkes High School is a public high school (grades 9-12) located in Millers Creek, North Carolina. It is a part of the Wilkes County Schools system. The school's enrollment is typically around 785 students. The school's district includes the western communities of Wilkes County, including Millers Creek, Cricket, Mount Pleasant, Parsonsville, and Wilbar. The current Principal is Mr. Wayne Shepherd and Assistant Principal is Dr. Lisa Harrington.

In October 2011 President Barack Obama visited West Wilkes and gave a speech in the school gymnasium as part of his North Carolina, Virginia bus tour.


A normal school day consists of four 90-minute periods with three 40 minute lunch periods during third period.

The school offers career preparation classes and college preparation classes. It offers Honors Mathematics, English, History, and Science courses. West Wilkes also offers Advanced Placement courses in subjects such as History, Math and English. The language department offers courses in Spanish, German, Latin, and French. West Wilkes is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, also known as SACS.

Fine Arts[edit]

Fine Arts is a large commitment at West Wilkes. The Fine Arts at West Wilkes include Band, Dance, Theater, and Chorus. As of the 2011-2012 school year the West Wilkes Band has 65 members, and it continues to grow. Among the band's achievements are performing at the Daytona 500 (2010), receiving Superior Scores and first place overall 1A Band in the Husky Vanguard Invitational Marching Band Festival (2011), and performing for President Barack Obama during his visit to the school (2011). The West Wilkes dance team, known as the "Struttin' Hawks," have attended many competitions, including the UDA National Dance Team Championship at Walt Disney World, where they placed 2nd in the competition, and the American Cheer and Dance Competition in Atlanta, Georgia, where they finished in 1st place.


West Wilkes sports mascot is the Blackhawks. West Wilkes is a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and is classified as a 1A school. The school is a member of the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference, which includes 1A and 2A schools from Wilkes County and neighboring counties in North Carolina. The school's colors are Orange and Black.

State Champions[edit]

  • 1A Women's Softball State Champions 2013
  • 1A Men's Varsity Baseball State Champions (2010)
  • 1A Men's Wrestling Dual Team State Champions (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • 1A Men's Wrestling Team State Tournament Champions (2010, 2011)
  • Many male athletes have won Individual State Championships in Wrestling.
  • Many male and female athletes have won Individual State Championships in Cross Country and Track and Field events.
  • Women's 1A track and field state champions, (2006)

See also[edit]

List of high schools in North Carolina


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°11′06″N 81°15′32″W / 36.1851°N 81.2588°W / 36.1851; -81.2588