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,
Middle Creek High School,
Southeast Raleigh 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]


  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 December 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ 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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