Northwood High School (North Carolina)

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Northwood High School is located in Pittsboro, Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. The school is the largest of three high schools in Chatham County and is operated by Chatham County Schools. The school's mascot is the Charger and the school colors are gold and green.[1] It is a member of the Big Eight 3A Athletic Conference. It currently serves around 1,024 students. The school receives students primarily from the eastern and northeastern portions of the county, which coincidentally are the fastest growing parts of the county.[citation needed]


Northwood High School opened in time for the 1972-1973 school year to replace the older Pittsboro High School which is now the headquarters of Chatham County Schools. The school was opened two school years after school integration (schools were not fully integrated in Chatham County until the 1970-1971 school year) as a way of consolidating black and white students into a larger facility than available at Pittsboro High. [2] The school building has changed little since its opening with the exception of a new math wing and modular classrooms. A green steel roof was added during the 2000-2001 school year. During the 2009-2010 school year the arts wing was remodeled and expanded and the gymnasium was renovated.


2018–present Principal: Bradford Walston

Assistant Principals: Zack Chutz, Mattie Smith, and Wynne Youngblood

Northwood High School has held their annual commencement ceremonies on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill at the Dean Smith Center since 2008.


Northwood currently provides the following JV and Varsity sports:


  • Football
  • Women's Volleyball
  • Men's and Women's Cross-Country
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Tennis
  • Women's Golf
  • Cheerleading


  • Swimming
  • Men's and Women's Basketball
  • Men's and Women's Indoor Track
  • Wrestling


  • Men's Golf
  • Men's Tennis
  • Club Lacrosse
  • Women's Soccer
  • Men's and Women's Track
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Lacrosse

Northwood also has a year-round swim team, which has a unique tradition of being small. The swim team had one member during the 2006-2007 school year. The swim team grew to four swimmers in 2010. One swimmer won the state 1A/2A title for 100 Breaststroke and finished 3rd in the 50 Free. The team has since grown to eleven members in the 2012-2013 season, the largest in the school's history.

The school's Ultimate Frisbee team took first in State during their 2006-2007 season. It since has yet to be reestablished as of 2012.

In 2005 and 2006 the Northwood High School Cheerleading Squad took home the State Championship title in the small Co-Ed division.

For the 2009-2010 school year, both the men's and women's golf teams finished first in the conference with the women advancing to the state championship.

Student organizations[edit]

Northwood currently has around 35 clubs, such as FBLA, FCCLA, DECA, FFA, weight-lifting, and a Minecraft Club.[3] The school's Ultimate Frisbee team took 1st in state during their 2006-2007 season, defeating Cardinal Gibbons High School in the state semi-finals, and then Chapel Hill High School in the championship game, 13-11. Northwood's branch of FCCLA are renowned for their excellence in Parliamentary Procedure competitions. A team of eight females, all class of 2008 students, have won three state and national championships since 2004, traveling to San Diego, Nashville, and Anaheim. In 2009 the music department added a Tri-M honor society.[4] Northwood fielded a Science Olympiad team in the spring of 2010 winning multiple 1st, 2nd, and 5th place medals at the Regional competition at UNC-Greensboro. In 2011, the Science Olympiad team won first place overall at Regionals that took place at Campbell University, advancing to the State competition level. In 2019, FBLA had eight members place in the top 4 at the state level and advance to the national competition in San Antonio.

Marching Band[edit]

The Marching Chargers take the field to perform their show, Heartbeat, in the Yamaha Cup. Giants' Stadium, October 7th, 2006.

Former director Eugene Cottrell led Northwood's marching band to its first ever all-superior season in 2002, an achievement repeated by the band numerous times under Cottrell's 15 years of leadership.[5][6] In 2004 The Marching Charger Band received a grant from the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation and was selected as an exemplary national model for band program development.[7] On October 7th, 2006 The Marching Chargers placed 2nd in class and 11th overall nationally in The Yamaha Cup, a marching band competition held at Giant's Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.[6] Under Cottrell's successor, Brett Cox, the marching band has continued to win championships at distinguished regional competitions including Western Alamance, The Brick Capital Classic, Danville Dixie Classic, and Union Pines. [8] In 2018, Jason Freeman took Brett Cox's place as head band director at Northwood High.

Mission statement[edit]

"To graduate students who are productive members of a democratic society."

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-19. Retrieved 2007-10-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "When education moved from the few to many" (PDF). September 2006. Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  3. ^ "Northwood / Homepage". 2016-05-08. Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  4. ^ "Tri-M comes to Northwood". Chatham Journal. Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  5. ^ "Band director Eugene Cottrell says goodbye to Northwood". Chatham Journal. Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  6. ^ a b "Northwood Band ends competition season on high note". Chatham Journal. Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  7. ^ "FALL04" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  8. ^ "Marching to a New Beat: Cox replaces Cottrell as band director – The Northwood Omniscient". Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  9. ^ "WebExclusive: NHS grad makes Panthers' cheer team – The Northwood Omniscient". Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  10. ^ "Tobais Palmer Stats". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  11. ^ Kelly Setzer (2016-04-29). "ECU chapter of Gold Humanism Honor Society inducts new members | ECU now". Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  12. ^ Wood, Zachary; Nicolsen, Nicole; Allen, Nichole; Cook, Paul (2015). "Remote Antimicrobial Stewardship in Community Hospitals". Antibiotics. 4 (4): 605–16. doi:10.3390/antibiotics4040605. PMC 4790314. PMID 27025642.

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Coordinates: 35°44′39″N 79°10′09″W / 35.7440347°N 79.1691806°W / 35.7440347; -79.1691806