Garner Magnet High School

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Garner Magnet High School
Garner Magnet High School logo.png
Great Minds, High Standards
2101 Spring Drive
Garner, North Carolina 27529

United States
Coordinates 35°42.6012′N 78°38.2436′W / 35.7100200°N 78.6373933°W / 35.7100200; -78.6373933
Type Public (Magnet, IB)
Established 1968
School district Wake County Public School System
CEEB Code 341435
Principal Carter Hillman
Faculty 148 [1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,400 (2012–2013) [2]
Student to teacher ratio 15.6
Schedule type Block, 4-Periods
Color(s)          Blue and Gold
Mascot Trojan
Rival Clayton High School
Newspaper The Renrag
Yearbook Palladium
Information (919) 662-2379

Garner Magnet High School (GMHS) is a 4A school located in Garner, North Carolina, in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). GMHS has a current (2012–2013) enrollment of 2400 students. GMHS offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which is offered by only three schools in the WCPSS, including Broughton High, and Enloe High School.

The school is well known for one of its students, musician Scotty McCreery, who won the tenth season of American Idol in 2011.


Garner Magnet High School has approximately 2400 enrolled students. The racial/ethnic makeup of the student population is approximately 38.5% White, 37.1% Black or African-American, 18.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.3% Multi-Racial.[2] There are 148 members of the teaching staff, and many support personnel employed in administration, guidance and similar positions.[1] GMHS prides itself on a skilled and accredited faculty, of which 30 members are nationally certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and 32% possess an advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in their respective fields.[3]


Garner Magnet High School offers courses of study in fine arts (band, chorus, dance, visual arts, drama, orchestra), healthful living, humanities, foreign language, math, science, and technology. In addition to Advanced Placement programs, the school also offers an International Baccalaureate curriculum.

International Baccalaureate curriculum[edit]

GMHS offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years and Diploma Programme.[4] International Baccalaureate programs involve a rigorous and balanced two year program of university level coursework that leads to IB examinations. The school places strong emphasis on ideals of international understanding, responsible citizenship, and service. Diploma students take six subjects: English, Math Studies or Math SL, science Chemistry, Physics or biology, Spanish or French, History of the Americas in 11th grade and 20th Century Topics in 12th grade, and an elective- Psychology, Art or Drama. They also write a 4,000 word extended essay, complete a course in theory of knowledge and complete a number of creativity, service and action and service (CAS) projects. Students who qualify via IB examinations receive the IB Diploma recognized by universities throughout the world.


GMHS sports teams include:[5]


  • Baseball, 1979 NCHSSA 4A champions, 23 Conference titles (the baseball championship was won in 1978.. it was included in the 1979 yearbook, as baseball is a spring sport completed after yearbook publication)
  • Women's Basketball, 1978 NCHSSA 4A champions, 1979 NCHSSA 4A Runner Up, 2006 Eastern Regional semi-finalist
  • Cheerleading, 2003 and 2008 NC State Champions
  • Football, 1976 AAAA runner up, 1987 4AA North Carolina Football State Champions, 1998 4AA Championship Runner-Up, 2006 4AA East Region Runner-Up, 2011 East Region Champions
  • Men's Tennis, 2006 conference champions
  • Softball, 17 Conference Titles
  • US News and World Report Bronze Medal Winner, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • 2014 NASSP/Metlife Foundation Breakthrough School Award
  • Men's Basketball, 2015 NCHSAA 4A State Champions

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Scotty McCreery 2012 Winner of the tenth season of American Idol, country music singer
John Wall Professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards
David West 1998 Professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers
Brandon Banks 2006 Kansas State University Professional football player for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Chris Culliver 2007 University of South Carolina football alumni. Professional football player for the Washington Redskins
Richard Medlin 2007 Fayetteville State University football alumni. Professional football player for the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and currently with the Atlanta Falcons [6]
Pat Watkins 1990 Professional baseball player for Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies; East Carolina University Athletics Hall of Fame inductee [7]
Donald Williams 1991 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ; 1993 NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Kameron Smith 2008 Winston-Salem State University ;all-time leading passer [8]
Eric Williams 1978 North Carolina State University football alumni. Professional football player for the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers [9]


  1. ^ a b "NC School Report Cards: Classroom Teachers". Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "WCPSS Enrollment in Schools by Race/Ethnicity: October 2, 2012" (PDF). Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "National Board Certified Faculty Members". Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "School Directory: Garner Magnet" . Retrieved 23 December 2010.
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  6. ^ "Richard Medlin". Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "East Carolina Official Athletic Site: Hall of Fame". Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Richard Medlin". 
  9. ^ Best, D Clay (April 2, 2012). "2012 Garner High Athletics Hall of Fame class announced, N&O's Tim Stevens included". Raleigh News & Observer. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 

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