Charles D. Owen High School

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Charles D. Owen High School
99 Lake Eden Rd.
Black Mountain, NC
Type Public
Established 1955
Principal Meg Turner
Faculty 68
Grades High school (9-12)
Enrollment approximately 883 (according to school's official site.)
Campus Rural
Color(s) Maroon and grey
Mascot Warhorse
Accreditation Southern Association of Schools and Colleges
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Charles D. Owen High School is a public high school within the Buncombe County Schools System, located at 99 Lake Eden Road in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Its current principal is Meg Turner.


Owen High School's mascot is the Warhorse, and the school colors are maroon and grey. There are 68 teachers on the staff at OHS and the student to teacher ratio is 13:3. There are currently 14 teachers at Owen high school with the honor of having a National Board Certification.


The school was created in 1955 with the consolidation of Black Mountain High School and Swannanoa High School. It was named for prominent local textile tycoon and fashion designer Charles D. Owen. Black Mountain High School's mascot was the Dark Horses and Swannanoa high school's mascot was the Warriors, thus creating Owen High's mascot, the Warhorse. In 1991, a new school building was built on land donated by the Presbyterian Home for Children. The old Owen High School building now houses Owen Middle School.


Owen is well known for its football program which has accumulated a record (as of 9/26/08) and has captured 17 conference championships in its football history. The women's cross-country program won the state title in 1998 and the men's team brought home the state title in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2008. The softball team also took home the state championship back-to-back in both 2000 and 2001. Warhorse baseball has made an appearance in the state championship three times, most recently in 2005, but has failed to win. Men's and women's basketball both have one state championship appearance apiece. Owen athletes have won individual titles in various years in swimming, track, and wrestling. In 2009, the JV cheerleading team won the state title. In 2010, the varsity cheerleading team received a 1st runner up state title in the large varsity non-tumble division and won state in 2012. The Warhorses have various west regional, conference, and county championships, be it individual or team, in each of their programs. Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams began his basketball coaching career at Owen High School from 1973-78.

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Coordinates: 35°37′08″N 82°22′25″W / 35.6188°N 82.3737°W / 35.6188; -82.3737