Niceville High School

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Niceville Senior High School
800 East John Sims Parkway
, Florida
Type Public secondary
Motto "As the eagle does, soar!"
Established 1964
School district Okaloosa County School District
Principal Charlie Marello
Faculty 159
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2500
Campus Suburban

Maroon, Gold & White

Mascot Eagle
Yearbook Aquila
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Niceville Senior High School (NHS) is a public high school in the city of Niceville, Florida. The school is SACS-accredited and considered to be the top high school within its high performing district. In 1996 NHS was selected as one of 226 secondary schools (private and public) to be designated as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.[1] NHS was also named a New American High School in 2001, one of only 13 in the nation to earn that honor. The State of Florida Department of Education rated the school an A+ in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005.[2]

The current location of NHS atop a hill running parallel to John Sims Parkway was not the original site of the school, opened in 1964; NHS was initially located in a dance hall on Howell Avenue and once held classes at what is now Edge Elementary.


On August 30, 2008 Niceville High School sophomore wide receiver Taylor Haugen died after taking a particularly hard hit from two opposing players. The Taylor Haugen Foundation was created to honor his memory in the spirit of his extraordinary character. The mission of the foundation is to provide scholarships to faith-based, outgoing, community-oriented, academically-proficient athletes in the local community.

Niceville High School's first State Title came in 1987 when the Boys Cross Country team won the State Title in Titusville, FL.[3]

Student activities[edit]

Beyond athletics, Niceville High School has won accolades for many of its student-run activities. In 2007, a team from the school took honors at the Ocean Sciences Bowl. During the same year seven students from the school were sent to Tanzania to participate in Natural Geography of In-Shore Areas project sponsored by University of Kyoto, Japan.[4] In 2003 a team from NHS posted 43rd out of almost 200 teams in the Super Bowl of High School Calculus.[5]

Niceville High School also offers other activities such as SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), Key Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Manga Club, Philosophy Club, and countless others.

Also, The Niceville High School Forensics Team has won many competitions in the south Florida region, including the prestigious University of Blue Key Tournament. In the Xcellent 25 Writers' Poll Niceville is currently ranked 7th.


Niceville High also supports an Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. The Corps is sponsored by the nearby Eglin AFB's 33rd Fighter Wing. The Corps has four drill teams, Armed Regulation, Un-Armed Regulation, Armed Exhibition, and Un-Armed Exhibition, in addition to an Honor Guard, Sabre Team, and a Rocket Team that fires off rockets during the National Anthem at home football games.

NHS Eagle Pride[edit]

With more than 300 members, the Niceville High School Eagle Pride is one of the largest high school bands in the region. The current band director is Mr. Dan Wooten. They most recently attended the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, New York, and in the same year their Wind Ensemble was one the select few high school concert bands to perform at CBDNA in Columbus, Georgia. In 2005 the Eagle Pride marched in the Fiesta Bowl Parade and took fourth place in the national marching band contest associated with the parade. In 2008, the Niceville High School Eagle Pride participated in the Tournament of Roses Parade and Bandfest. In 2010, the Niceville Wind Ensemble performed at Carnegie hall in New York City. They perform every year at the Southeastern States Marching Festival at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. The Eagle Pride is well known for their high-impact field shows and their quality of music. In 2010, the Eagle Pride was chosen to march in the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 2015, the Niceville High School Eagle Pride was selected to attend the 2017 Rose Parade for the 2nd time in school history.


  • Charlie Marello (2016-present)
  • Jeff Palmer (2014–2016)
  • Rodney Nobles (2012–2014)
  • Marcus Chambers (2011–2012)
  • Dr. Linda Smith, Ed.D. (2007–2011)
  • Dr. Janie Varner, Ed.D. (2001–2007)
  • Dr. David Morgan, Ed.D. (1994–2000)
  • Jeanette Rhodes (1988–1994)
  • Ashley Hutcheson (1971–1988)
  • Colly V. Williams (1968–1971)
  • Orus Kinney (1964–1968)

Quick facts[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived: Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (PDF)" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Niceville High School". Niceville High School. Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  3. ^ "FHSAA Championship Record Books". FHSAA. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Okaloosa County School District News". Retrieved 2011-06-16. 
  5. ^ Results of the 2003 Super Bowl Archived August 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "FHSAA Championship Record Books". FHSAA. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "FHSAA Championship Record Books". FHSAA. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "FHSAA Championship Record Books". FHSAA. Retrieved 24 Sep 2015. 
  9. ^ "FHSAA Championship Record Books". FHSAA. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "FHSAA Championship Record Books". FHSAA. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 

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Coordinates: 30°31′11″N 86°28′35″W / 30.5196415°N 86.4763386°W / 30.5196415; -86.4763386