Salisbury High School (North Carolina)

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Salisbury High School
500 Lincolnton Road
Salisbury, North Carolina 28144

Salisbury North Carolina
Type Public
Established 1926
NCES School ID 370405002253[1]
Principal Luke Brown
Teaching staff 67.82 (FTE)
Enrollment 938
Campus Urban
Color(s) Red, Black, and Gold             
Athletics conference Central Carolina Conference (CCC)
Mascot Hornet
Boyden High School
Salisbury High School (North Carolina) is located in North Carolina
Salisbury High School (North Carolina)
Salisbury High School (North Carolina) is located in the US
Salisbury High School (North Carolina)
Nearest city Salisbury, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°39′53″N 80°29′05″W / 35.66472°N 80.48472°W / 35.66472; -80.48472Coordinates: 35°39′53″N 80°29′05″W / 35.66472°N 80.48472°W / 35.66472; -80.48472
Built 1926
Architect C. Gadsen Sayre
L. S. Bradshaw
NRHP Reference # 96000564[2]
Added to NRHP May 23, 1996

Salisbury High School is a public, co-educational secondary school located in Salisbury, North Carolina. It is one of eight high schools in the Rowan–Salisbury School System.


Salisbury High School began in 1904 and was among the earliest public high schools in North Carolina. The current location was completed in 1926 and named Boyden High School in honor of Colonel Archibald Henderson Boyden, an educator who was then Mayor of Salisbury.[3] It is one of many schools built across North Carolina in the early 20th Century. The building was designed by C. Gadsen Sayre and built by L. S. Bradshaw, and (as Boyden High School) was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 23, 1996.[2] Six additional buildings were constructed on campus to facilitate the school's expanding offerings and enrollment, many of them as part of the Works Progress Administration. In 1970, during desegregation, Boyden and J.C. Price high schools consolidated to form Salisbury High School.[4]

School information[edit]

For the 2009–2010 school year, Salisbury High School had a total population of 938 students and 67.82 teachers on a (FTE) basis.[1]

As of the 2009–2010 school year, out of the student total, the gender ratio was 50.32% male to 49.68% female. The demographic group makeup of the student population was: Black, 54.05%; White, 32.84%; Hispanic, 11.19%; Asian/Pacific Islander, 1.92%; and American Indian, 0%. For the same school year, 62.15% of the students received free and reduced-cost lunches.[1]

Graduations are generally held at Catawba College's Keppel Auditorium.[5]


In 2008, Salisbury High School was ranked a Silver Level school by the U.S. News & World Report and was also included in the magazine list of top 1000 public schools in the nation.[6] In 2011, for the fifth consecutive year, Salisbury High was listed as one of U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools.[7]

Salisbury High has nearly 180 students taking Advanced Placement courses, the most of any school in the district. The school offers 16 AP courses during the 2011–2012 school year. Salisbury High also has the highest average SAT score in the school system, with a score of 1480.[7]

The high school was rated a School of Distinction for the 2009–2010 school year on the North Carolina State Board of Education's yearly School Report Cards.[8]


Salisbury High School is classified as a 2A school and competes in the Central Carolina Conference.[9]

Salisbury High is known for its success in athletics, particularly women's basketball. The Hornets have won four state championships in 2004, 2009, 2010, and 2011.[citation needed] The men's soccer team won the North Carolina 2A State Championship in 2011 defeating Carrboro High School 3–2 in sudden death overtime. The soccer team was 24–1–1 overall for the season.[10] The soccer team also won the title in 2013, with a 2-1 victory over First Flight High School.

The Salisbury women's tennis team has won six consecutive team State Championships. The dynasty started in 2008, many individual state titles have also been won.

The Salisbury women's golf team has also had quite the history. The golf team claims the 2011, 2012, and 2013 State Championship titles.

The Salisbury football team clinched the 2010 2A State Championship against Northeastern High School, winning 30-0 at Wake Forest's football stadium.

They are also known for their extraordinary women's tennis and women's golf teams, which have won 6 and 3 state championships in a row, respectively.

The school received the 2010 NCHSAA Exemplary School Award.[11]


Avis Williams, previously the principal at J. E. Williams Technology Middle School in Huntsville, Alabama, was named Salisbury High School's principal in 2012. She replaced the retiring Windsor Eagle who served as principal at SHS for over 30 years.[12]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Salisbury High". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "Salisbury Graded School - Salisbury High School". Theo. Buerbaum's Salisbury. Rowan Public Library. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Davyd Foard Hood (October 1995). "Boyden High School" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2015-02-01. 
  5. ^ "News & Events". Catawba College. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Best Schools: Salisbury High School". US News & World Report. Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Campbell, Sarah (23 September 2011). "Salisbury High makes US News & World Report list". Salisbury Post. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "High Student Performance". NC School Report Cards (2009–2010). North Carolina State Board of Education. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ "NCHSAA CONFERENCES 2011-12" (PDF). NCHSAA website. NCHSAA. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Shaw, David (November 20, 2011). "Prep Soccer 2A state championship: Salisbury 3, Carrboro 2, sudden death". Salisbury Post. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ Campbell, Sarah (6 May 2011). "Salisbury High School earns state honor". Salisbury Post. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  12. ^ Campbell, Sarah (May 22, 2012). "New Salisbury High principal named". Salisbury Post. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  13. ^ London, Mike (April 17, 2006). "Mike London column: Local legend played in World Series". Salisbury Post. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Sen. Elizabeth Dole to speak at Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner". Salisbury Post. February 7, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  15. ^ Gallagher, Ronnie (July 13, 2001). "NBA star Bobby Jackson comes back for old friends, good hoops". Salisbury Post. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  16. ^ Gallagher, Ronnie (July 20, 2002). "Next year: Bobby wants Salisbury alums vs. West". The Salisbury Post. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 

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