Cary High School

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Cary Senior High School
638 Walnut St

TypePublic High School
MottoCognitio Vincit
School districtWake County Public School System
PrincipalNolan Bryant
Grades9 - 12
Number of students2,458 (2016-17)[1]
School color(s)Kelly Green and White
Fight songNotre Dame Victory March

Cary High School is one of four high schools in Cary, North Carolina. Established in 1896, it was among the first public high schools in North Carolina. Students in grades 9-12 attend Cary High. In 2006, approximately 2,800 students attended, with 540 graduating seniors, making Cary High one of the largest schools in the state. Cary High is a part of the Wake County Public School System and operates on a traditional calendar, with a block schedule.


Cary High School in 1896-1898

Cary High School was established in 1896[citation needed] as among the first public high schools in North Carolina. The school was originally located in downtown Cary on Academy Street, until it moved to its current location in 1960.

The school was the first to be desegregated in Wake County outside Raleigh (William G. Enloe High School being the first within the city of Raleigh) in 1963 when six African-American girls, chosen to be bright, outgoing, and "strong-willed enough to take what was inevitably coming to them," came to the school amid intense verbal opposition from Whites. Some White parents sued the school system over the integration, and the suit was thrown out by the state Supreme Court.[2]

The original site housed Cary Elementary School until it reopened August 13, 2011, as the Cary Community Arts Center.[3]

A new auditorium, gymnasium, music classrooms, and a classroom building have recently been completed on the main campus.

The original mascot was a White Imp after the UNC White Phantoms (later Tarheels) and the Duke University Imps (later Blue Devils). The "white" was dropped to avoid racial connotations when the school was desegregated.[4]

Student life[edit]

1915 Cary High School Senior Class Yearbook

Cary High School students participate in extracurricular activities ranging from sports teams, to acting, to politics.

The Cary High School Marching Band, established in 1920, is a corps-style marching band. The band hosts Cary Band Day, an annual festival featuring marching bands from the North Carolina and Virginia area. The band marched in the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.

The drama department and put on a fall play and a spring musical most years.

The Cary High Speech and Debate team is a member of the Tarheel Forensics League (TFL) and competes statewide.



Cary High School's wrestling team through the leadership of former Coach Jerry Winterton won twenty state championships, eighteen consecutive regional tournament titles, and twenty-eight consecutive conference tournament titles. Coach Winterton was inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame in October 2014.[5]

State championships[edit]

  • 4A Men's Cross Country:(1) 2018
  • 4A Wrestling State Dual Meet:(8) 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2018[6][citation needed]
  • 4A Wrestling State Tournament:(11) 1987, 1988, 1989, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 [7]
  • All Division State Wrestling Tournament:(1) 1977
  • 4A Men's Soccer:(1) 1998
  • 4A Women's Cross-Country:(1) 1997
  • 4A Men's Basketball (1)1995
  • 4A Women's Basketball: (1) 1993
  • Class A Football:(1) 1955
  • Class A Men's Basketball: (1) 1954
  • Class B Men's Basketball:(1) 1939
  • Baseball:(1) 1914

In 1994 the Cary High men's basketball team played in the state championship game. It was later discovered by Cary's head coach that they used ineligible player, and they forfeited all games in the second semester of the 1994 season.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Cary High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  2. ^ Nagem, Sarah (February 24, 2013). "50 years ago, six students changed Cary High". Cary News. Archived from the original on March 1, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-15. Retrieved 2011-10-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ Release, News. "Cary wrestling coach Jerry Winterton among those joining NCHSAA Hall of Fame".
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  8. ^ a b (n.d.) Pro Football Reference. Retrieved June 24, 2018, from
  9. ^ (n.d.) Justin Ress NC State Athletics. Retrieved June 24, 2018, from
  10. ^ Zack Schilawski Wake Forest Sports Retrieved June 24, 2018, from
  11. ^ (n.d.) The Baseball Cube. Retrieved June 24, 2018, from
  12. ^ (n.d.) Azurá Stevens UCONNHUSKIES Retrieved June 24, 2018, from

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Coordinates: 35°46′18″N 78°45′57″W / 35.771752°N 78.765922°W / 35.771752; -78.765922