Ardrey Kell High School

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Ardrey Kell High School
10220 Ardrey Kell Road
Charlotte, North Carolina
Type Public
Established 2006
School district Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Principal David Switzer
Enrollment 3,013[1] (2016-17)

Purple, White, and Black

Mascot Knights
Rivals Marvin Ridge, Myers Park, Providence

Ardrey Kell High School is a high school in the Ballantyne neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. Part of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, it opened in 2006.[2] The principal is David Switzer.[3] Ardrey Kell was the first public high school in Mecklenburg county to have an artificial turf athletic field on-site. Their mascot is the Knight, and their school colors are purple and white.


Ardrey Kell was named after two prominent local families in the area known as "Lower Providence" in southern Mecklenburg County.[4] Both families have served the community as farmers, physicians, educators, politicians and church leaders. The school is located on Ardrey Kell Road.


Ardrey Kell won the 2009–2010 Wachovia Conference Cup Championship, alongside Charlotte Catholic. Sponsored by Wachovia, the award recognizes high schools that achieve the best overall athletic performances in their conferences, primarily based on postseason play. The Knights also won the Wachovia Cup for the second straight year in 2010–2011.[5] In the 2012-2013 school year, the women's volleyball team won the North Carolina 4A state championship in Raleigh.[6]

The baseball team won the NC 4A State Championship in 2009. The men's cross country and track team have back to back national championships[clarification needed].[citation needed]

Women's golf won the state title in fall of 2010 and again in 2012.[citation needed]

Mighty Knight Marching Band[edit]

  • Directed by Patrick Butler and David Shives
  • Award-winning program
  • 2017 (Fall) will compete at the Bands of America Grand Nationals (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana)

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Prince Shembo, former National Football League player and alleged dog killer[7][8]
  • Alex Wood, Major League Baseball pitcher[9]
  • Romeo Okwara, National Football League Defensive End
  • Mike Senatore, creator of the water bottle flip viral internet trend[10]


  1. ^ "Ardrey Kell High School Profile" (PDF). School Directory Information. Ardrey Kell High School. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Lyttle, Steve (2006-08-25). "A few problems, but CMS pleased with first day". The Charlotte Observer. [dead link]
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  4. ^ "Naming The New High School" (PDF). CMS Board of Education. 2005-11-09. [dead link]
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  6. ^ "Ardrey Kell, Gibbons, North Surry, Hendersonville Win". Archived from the original (PDF) on April 7, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ Glasspiegel, Ryan (May 29, 2015). "Atlanta Falcons LB Prince Shembo Allegedly Kicked and Killed Girlfriend's Dog". The Big Lead. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ Jones, Jonathan (February 23, 2014). "Former Ardrey Kell star speaks of 2010 sex assault allegations". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved June 27, 2014. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Charlotte native makes MLB debut with Atlanta Braves". WCNC-TV. May 31, 2013. Archived from the original on March 15, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Video of water bottle flip makes North Carolina teen an Internet star". Retrieved 2018-02-18. 

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Coordinates: 35°01′49″N 80°49′34″W / 35.03028°N 80.82607°W / 35.03028; -80.82607