Leesville Road High School

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Leesville Road High School
Home of the Pride
8409 Leesville Road
Raleigh, North Carolina
Type Public high school
Motto "Begin with the end in mind."
Established 1993[1]
School district WCPSS
Principal A.J. Muttillo
Campus The Leesville Complex
Color(s) Navy blue and Kelly green
Mascot Leo the Lion
Nickname Pride
Yearbook The Menagerie

Leesville Road High School (or Leesville High School, LRHS, opened in 1993), is a comprehensive public high school in Wake County, North Carolina. It has 2,275 enrolled students and offers a variety of extracurricular activities, including band, computer science club, model UN, foreign language, newspaper, yearbook, National Honor Society, Student Council, and many other clubs.[2]


Leesville Road High School has consistently ranked as a North Carolina School of Distinction.Leesville Road High School is a high performing comprehensive high school with nationally recognized academic, athletic, and fine arts programs. It is one of 27 high schools in the Wake County Public School System, the largest school system in the state.[3] Leesville offers its students a wide variety of advanced and 17 Advanced Placement (AP) courses in various subjects. 28% of their students participate in their AP program.[4] Leesville also offers the following foreign language courses: Spanish, French, and Latin. In math and English EOC scores, Leesville ranks above the North Carolina average. In 2005, Leesville scored 90% and 92% in English and Math, higher than the state averages of 82% and 80%.[5] The school's yearbook, The Menagerie, won the Columbia University Scholastic Press Gold Medal in 2004 and 2006.[citation needed]

Leesville Road High School also offers an impressive list of career and technical education courses in the areas of family and consumer sciences, business and marketing education, technology education, and trade and industrial education. Courses include: Business Law, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Personal Finance, Aerospace, Digital Media, Scientific and Technical Visualization, Foods and Nutrition, Apparel Development, Multimedia Webpage Design, Early Childhood Education, and more!

The school posted the tenth highest average SAT score in the Raleigh-Durham area: 1641 with 76.6% of students taking the test.[6] "AthleticsThe GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process." [7] The school is located in Wake County, North Carolina, an area frequently ranked as one of the nation’s best places to live and work. The school employs over 18,000 staff and faculty to support more than 157,000 students total.[8]


Leesville Road High School offers varsity and junior varsity teams in Football, Baseball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Cheerleading, Volleyball and Men's Lacrosse and varsity teams only in Women's Lacrosse, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Men's Golf, Women's Golf, Swimming/Diving, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Cross Country, Indoor Track and Softball.[9]

The school is well known for its football team, which has qualified for the NCHSAA 4AA playoffs for 10 consecutive seasons and compiled an 88-28 record over that time span. The team won the Cap-8 conference championship in 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The team also reached the 4AA playoff semi-finals in 2007 and the quarterfinals in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, 4-star-rated WR Braxton Berrios graduated from Leesville to attend the University of Miami.[10] In 2015, the team hired Brad Wilson as its next head coach.[11]

The team plays its home games on-campus at Marshall L. Hamilton Stadium, which has a capacity of 3,500,[12] and includes a student section known as the "Leesville Loonies". Leesville soccer and lacrosse teams also play in the same venue.

Leesville Women's Soccer won the 4A state championship in 2008, 2009 and 2011.[13]

Leesville Road Athletics Finishes Top 10 in State Wells Fargo Cup!

4A Wells Fargo Cup Final Standings

1 – Green Hope – 597.5

2 – Cardinal Gibbons – 450

3 – Myers Park – 360

4 – West Forsyth – 350

5 – Charlotte Catholic – 337.5

6 – Broughton – 330

7 – Hough – 322.5

8 – Providence – 310

9 – Lake Norman – 300

10 – Leesville Road – 287.5

11 – Hillside – 280

12 – Page – 272.5

13 – Millbrook – 265

14 – Northwest Guilford – 262.5

15 – Panther Creek – 247.5[14]

Core Beliefs[edit]

  • Every student is uniquely capable and deserves to be challenged and engaged in relevant, rigorous, and meaningful learning each day.
  • Every student is expected to learn, grow, and succeed while we eliminate the ability to predict achievement based on socioeconomic status, races, and ethnicity.
  • Well-supported, highly effective, and dedicated principals, teachers, and staff are essential to success for all students.
  • The BOE, superintendent, and all staff, while sustaining best practices, will promote and support a culture of continuous improvement, risk-taking, and innovation that results in a high-performing organization focused on student achievement.
  • The BOE, superintendent, and all staff value a diverse school community that is inviting, respectful, inclusive, flexible, and supportive.
  • The Wake County residents value a strong public school system and will partner to provide the support and resources to fully realize our shared vision, accomplish the mission, and sustain our core beliefs.[15]

Value Statements[edit]

  • Purposeful instruction enables students to learn in a variety of styles and at different paces.
  • Upholding high expectations fosters student achievement.
  • A safe and orderly school environment is essential for optimal learning.
  • All stakeholders (students, staff, and parents) are valued and respected.
  • Participation in academic and extracurricular activities increases engagement in the school community.
  • Community involvement is vital to our school’s success.[16]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Clay Aiken (b. 1978) - American singer and songwriter
  • Andrew Britton (b. 1981)
  • Brian Rimpf (b. 1981) - American football player, played at East Carolina University and then for the Baltimore Ravens


  1. ^ "May 2011 Principal's Corner" (PDF). May 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Overview". Leesville Road High School. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "About Our School / About Our School". www.wcpss.net. Retrieved 2016-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Overview". U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Leesville Road High School Test Scores". Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  6. ^ deBruyn, Jason. "High schools with highest SAT scores in Raleigh-Durham area". Triangle Business Journal. 
  7. ^ "Leesville Road High - Raleigh, North carolina - NC - School quality". www.greatschools.org. Retrieved 2016-11-10. 
  8. ^ "Careers / How to Apply". www.wcpss.net. Retrieved 2016-11-10. 
  9. ^ http://leesville.org/Athletics/index.htm
  10. ^ http://themycenaean.org/2013/10/braxton-berrios-commits-to-miami/
  11. ^ http://www.highschoolot.com/passion-high-expectations-led-leesville-road-to-new-football-coach/14536885/
  12. ^ http://carolinapreps.com/teams/frontend/teampage/getStadiumDetails/290
  13. ^ http://www.leesvilleathletics.com/PAC/Doc/pac_sports_camps_brochure.pdf
  14. ^ Rogers, Jack (2016-06-23). "Leesville Road Athletics Finishes Top 10 in State Wells Fargo Cup". Wake County Athletics. Retrieved 2016-11-10. 
  15. ^ "About Our School / About Our School". www.wcpss.net. Retrieved 2016-11-10. 
  16. ^ "About Our School / About Our School". www.wcpss.net. Retrieved 2016-11-10. 

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