Garner Magnet High School

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Garner Magnet High School
Garner Magnet High School facade
GMHS is located in the United States
2101 Spring Drive


Coordinates35°41′N 78°45′W / 35.68°N 78.75°W / 35.68; -78.75
Former nameGarner Senior High School
(prior to 2005)
School typePublic (Magnet, IB World)
Established1968; 51 years ago (1968)
School districtWake County Public School System
CEEB code341435[1]
NCES School ID370472001863[2]
PrincipalCarter Hillman
Enrollment2,742[3] (2017-18)
School color(s)Blue and Gold
SloganRespect self; Respect others; Respect Tradition.
AthleticsNCHSAA 4A
Athletics conferenceSouth Wake
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling[4]

Garner Magnet High School (GMHS) is a comprehensive public high school in Garner, North Carolina, United States, a city southeast of Raleigh. The school was founded as Garner Senior High School (GSHS), which graduated its first class in 1969. Garner is one of four high schools in the Wake County Public School System, along with Needham B. Broughton High School, William G. Enloe High School, and Millbrook High School, that offers the International Baccalaureate Programme of study.

As of 2018-19, Garner offers its nearly 2,400 students 34 IB Diploma Programme courses, 16 Advanced Placement courses, 48 Career and Technical Education courses, Three world languages, a Public Safety Career Academy, an Army JROTC program, courses in Music, Dance, Theatre and Visual Arts, 19 varsity sports, and 50 student clubs. The school is also seeking authorization to begin offering the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme beginning in the fall of 2019[6].


The school opened in the fall of 1968 when Garner desegregated its schools. Garner Consolidated School had served African-American students. Garner High School had served white students (and handful of African-American students who elected to attend under the "choice" plan that was in place prior to desegregation. Garner resident Tim Stevens, a retired journalist, in March 2018 premiered a theatrical production, "68," telling the story of the school's September 2 opening that year. Stevens credits the community and principal Wayne Bare for managing integration peacefully and for overcoming a number of construction delays.[7] In a 2008 book on implementation of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, editors Daugherity and Bolton attribute Garner's successful desegregation to Bare's effort to create a shared culture and avoid a power imbalance.[8] In the summer of 2016, the Garner Magnet High School building was partially torn down due to mold and mildew, and Garner Magnet High School's students were located in the South Garner High School building until the renovation of Garner Magnet High School was complete. [9][10]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ "2017-18 District Facts Report by Year". District Facts. WCPSS. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Garner Sports Teams". Wake County Athletics. WCPSS. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Institution Summary (Institution ID 6365)". AdvanceEd. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
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  7. ^ "This Wake County school wasn't going to open on time. But the community stepped up.: March 19, 2018". Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  8. ^ "With All Deliberate Speed: Implementing Brown v. Board of Education.: University of Arkansas Press (April 1, 2008). P. 37. Eds. Brian J. Daugherity and Charles C. Bolton". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  9. ^ "School district to do more construction, less renovation at Garner High". newsobserver. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  10. ^ "Garner Magnet High School breaks ground on new school". newsobserver. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  11. ^ "Richard Medlin". Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  12. ^ "East Carolina Official Athletic Site: Hall of Fame". Retrieved December 23, 2010.
  13. ^ "About Our School / School Profile". Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  14. ^ Best, D Clay (April 2, 2012). "2012 Garner High Athletics Hall of Fame class announced, N&O's Tim Stevens included". Raleigh News & Observer. Archived from the original on April 16, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2014.