Cedar Ridge High School (North Carolina)

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Cedar Ridge High School
1125 New Grady Brown School Road
Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278
United States
Coordinates 36°03′09″N 79°07′32″W / 36.05258°N 79.12565°W / 36.05258; -79.12565Coordinates: 36°03′09″N 79°07′32″W / 36.05258°N 79.12565°W / 36.05258; -79.12565
Type Public
Established 2002
School district Orange County Schools
Superintendent Todd Wirt
Principal Heather Blackmon
Teaching staff 70.29 (FTE)
Enrollment 1,127 (2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 16.03
Color(s) Burgundy and silver
Nickname Red Wolves

Cedar Ridge High School is a school in Hillsborough, North Carolina. It was officially opened in 2002, and at the time only served students in grades nine through eleven. The original student body was primarily made up of students in the southern portion of Orange High School's attendance area (in general, areas south of I-85, exclusive of the attendance areas of Chapel Hill High School and East Chapel Hill High School). The first senior class graduated in 2004. As of the 2006-2007 school year, Cedar Ridge is running on the block schedule, with two different sets of four classes every semester.

Alisa R. McLean served as the school's principal from 2002 through 2005. She was assisted during the school's inaugural year by assistant principals Rodney Trice, and interns John Heath and Daniel Davis. Upon McLean's resignation in 2005 to pursue doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and to serve as assistant director of the North Carolina Principal's Executive Program, she was succeeded by Gary Thornburg, who had previously served as principal of Walter M. Williams High School.

On April 19, 2010, John Wheeler, was announced as Thornburg's successor, effective July 1, 2010, who retired. Dr. Wheeler had served as CRHS assistant principal for six years. Dr. Wheeler remained at CRHS until June 30, 2014. Heather Blackmon is now principal.

Authorized to offer the IB Diploma Program since July 2004, Cedar Ridge currently has approximately 60 juniors and seniors enrolled in the two-year IB program. IB students must complete an extended essay and a Theory of Knowledge course to graduate with an IB diploma, and also must obtain 150 CAS (creativity, action, service) hours.

Cedar Ridge High School is also known for its award-winning band program and chorus programs.

The 2012 men's track and field team was the school's first team to win a state title, which they successfully defended in 2013. The school has had many individual state champions as well in track, wrestling, and swimming. The baseball and volleyball teams are perennial contenders for conference titles and running deep into the playoffs. The football team as well as both the boys' and girls' soccer teams have all had strong playoff runs in the past few years.

CRHS principals:

  • Mrs. Alisa McLean (2001-2005)
  • Mr. Gary Thornburg (2005-2010)
  • Dr. John Wheeler (2010-2014)
  • Mrs. Heather Blackmon (2014–present)


The demographic breakdown of the 1,127 students enrolled in 2013-14 was:

  • Male - 50.6%
  • Female - 49.4%
  • Native American/Alaskan - 0.0%
  • Asian/Pacific islanders - 1.3%
  • Black - 11.8%
  • Hispanic - 14.7%
  • White - 67.5%
  • Multiracial - 4.7%

30.7% of the students were eligible for free or reduced lunch.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Cedar Ridge High". ed.gov. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 

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