New Hanover High School

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New Hanover High School
1307 Market Street


United States
School districtNew Hanover County Schools
SuperintendentDr. Tim Markley
PrincipalDr. Rob Morgan

David Bittner

Don Cummings
Enrollment1,654 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)Orange and Black         

New Hanover High School is a high school located in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. New Hanover High is the oldest existing high school in Wilmington.[2] The original building, designed by William J. Wilkins and constructed in 1919, underwent a complete renovation at the start of the 21st century. It is a part of New Hanover County Schools.

New Hanover is the most diverse high school in New Hanover County. The school's ethnicity is 50% Caucasian, 43% African-American, 5% Hispanic and 2% of other ethnic classification. The school has an enrollment of 1,721 students & staff of 930 people. Before moving to its current location, the school was known as Wilmington High School. As such, it opened in 1898, making the school today one of the oldest public high schools in North Carolina.


The tradition of Wildcat Athletics is exemplified in the 30 4-A State Championships. These include 14 Boys Basketball, 5 Baseball, 4 Football, 3 Boys Tennis, 3 Softball, and 3 Boys Golf.

The high school's gym was featured in a season 4 episode of the TV series One Tree Hill when the Tree Hill Ravens played their state semifinal game vs. Verona. It was also featured in the 1987 film Hiding Out, and in the film Blue Velvet.

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  1. ^ "New Hanover High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  2. ^ Steelman, Ben. "What is the History of New Hanover High School?" StarNews. MyReporter. 3 Mar. 2010. 11 Jul. 2010.
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  4. ^ Spiers, Jonathan (March 27, 2013). "Wilmington native Don Payne, writer for 'The Simpsons' and 'Thor,' passes away". Port City Daily. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
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Coordinates: 34°14′16″N 77°55′59″W / 34.2376699°N 77.9330431°W / 34.2376699; -77.9330431