Piedmont High School (North Carolina)

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Piedmont High School
Piedmont HS world wind.jpg
View southwesterly from Piedmont HS toward Monroe, NC NASA World Wind
Location
3006 Sikes Mill Road, Monroe, North Carolina 28110
United States
Coordinates 35°05′43″N 80°29′28″W / 35.0951471°N 80.4911771°W / 35.0951471; -80.4911771Coordinates: 35°05′43″N 80°29′28″W / 35.0951471°N 80.4911771°W / 35.0951471; -80.4911771
Information
Motto "Piedmont Academics Character Excellence" (PACE)
Opened 1960
School district Union County Public Schools
Principal Dr. Jonathan Tyson
Enrollment 1,320 (2015-2016)
Website

Piedmont High School is a public high school in Monroe, North Carolina, United States. The mascot of the school is the Panther, and the current principal is Dr. Jonathan Tyson. The school's motto is the acronym PACE, standing for "Piedmont Academics Character Excellence."

History[edit]

Piedmont was founded in 1960 as the second high school in Union County. After the Class of 2005, the school was divided. The class of 2006 stayed to graduate, and half of the classes of 2007, 2008, and 2009 moved to the newly created Porter Ridge High School, depending on where the students lived. June 14, 2010 saw the graduation of the school's 50th class; country music star Trace Atkins spoke.

Art[edit]

Piedmont was the first school in Union County to have an NAHS (National Art Honor Society).[citation needed] They also started another tradition at Piedmont: VSA, or Very Special Arts. This was a popular event at Piedmont which is usually the week after spring break. This event no longer takes place at Piedmont High, as Wingate University has taken over the project. In 2010, the event was held at nearby Parkwood High School.

Sports[edit]

The Panthers are the 1984 and 2013 2A state baseball champions. One Piedmont baseball player has gone on to the major leagues - Andy Tomberlin.

The school has also had state champions in swimming, wrestling, and track and field. The football team had a 31-game regular season winning streak from 2001-2003, winning the district title during that run.[citation needed] The women's softball and men's baseball teams are currently two of the top teams in 3A.

Currently the teams compete in the Rocky River Conference, which is 2A. This downgrade was made in the school year of 2009-2010. They previously competed in the South Piedmont Conference, which is 3A.

Currently, the biggest rival of Piedmont is Porter Ridge. Piedmont is currently 2-3 against them all time in football. Historically, Piedmont's biggest rival in high school football is Forest Hills High School.

Piedmont's most consistently successful sport is wrestling. The team has had a state finals showing three years in a row, facing the same team each time, Croatan, winning in 2011-2012 with an undefeated record.

The Piedmont Varsity cheerleaders have become highly competitive and won a fifth place title at state out of 22 squads. They also won a first place title at Methodist.

Band[edit]

In 2009, the Marching Panthers attended their first Bands of America competition at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and intend to continue competing there annually. In 2012 the band competed in the Mooresville High School Blue Devil Classic, a state-level marching band competition, winning first place in Class 5A and the Overall Grand Champion out of 22 bands from across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, receiving a Superior Rating of 92.6%.[citation needed] The marching band receives numerous Grand Champions/Superior ratings at local, state, and national-level competitions. The concert band frequents in performing in an annual Music Performance Assessment competition, in which they receive Superior and Excellent ratings. Each year, select students qualify for the County, All-District, and State ensembles. The Pride of Piedmont also travels to Walt Disney World once every two years to march and perform in the Magic Music Days Parade.

Notable alumni[edit]