T. Wingate Andrews High School

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T. Wingate Andrews Senior High School
Address
1920 McGuinn Drive
High Point, North Carolina
United States
Information
Type Public
Motto "We show P.R.I.D.E. in everything we do." (Positive Attitude, Respect, Integrity, Dependability, Effort)
Established 1968
School district Guilford County Schools
Principal David J. Miller, II
Teaching staff 75
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 861 (2015-2016)
Color(s) Red, Blue, and White
Mascot Red Raiders
Nickname Red Raider Nation

T. Wingate Andrews High School is a public magnet high school in High Point, North Carolina and part of the Western region of the Guilford County school district. The school enrolls students in grades 9 through 12, follows the traditional school calendar, and runs on a daily schedule of 4 blocks (classes of 90 minutes each), with lunch periods for students during their 3rd block. Andrews has been designated to receive additional support, resources, and incentives as a federal Title I school.

T. Wingate Andrews High School was opened in 1968 with Samuel E. Burford as its first principal. This school was built specifically to follow the federal mandate to integrate the races in the United States. It took students from the former William Penn High School (now Penn-Griffin School for the Arts) and some from the High Point Central High School. It was named after Thomas Wingate Andrews (1882-1937), who served as superintendent of High Point schools.[1]

The current principal is David J. Miller, II, formerly the principal of the Academy at Smith High School in Greensboro, NC. Miller took the position beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, filling the vacancy left by Rodney Wilds, who transferred after six years at Andrews to become the principal at his alma mater, Dudley High School, in Greensboro.

Administration[edit]

Principal Mr. David J. Miller, II
Assistant Principal, 12th Grade Mr. Marc Houlihan
Assistant Principal, 11th Grade Ms. Courtney Blake-Smith
Assistant Principal, 10th Grade Mr. Dorand Blackston
Assistant Principal, 9th Grade Ms. Leslie Kinard

Rivalries and traditions[edit]

The school has long had a sports-based rivalry with High Point Central High School, which has led to several cases of vandalism between the two schools. The annual varsity football game between the two schools is highlight of the year for current students and alumnae.[citation needed]

Facilities[edit]

Construction on the original school campus finished in 1968. A three-story annex was completed in 2001, along with an auxiliary gym and a drama room. The cafeteria was also renovated and the HVAC system upgraded around that time. The original main building at the school is still in use while the annex contains additional classrooms and the Aviation Academy and Early College of Health Sciences.

The Andrews football and soccer teams play home games at the 10,000-seat A.J. Simeon Stadium, the largest stadium in High Point, which also hosts sporting events for High Point Central High School and the Carolina Phoenix (Independent Women's Football League).

Academics[edit]

School departments include Athletics/Physical Education (PE), Cultural Arts, Career and Technical Education (CTE), English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages. Andrews offers a large selection of Advanced Placement courses as well as specialized academic programs, including the Aviation Academy and the Early College of Health Sciences.

The Aviation Academy at Andrews High School is an Early College program which provides free college classes and free college textbooks for students interested in aviation or engineering careers. Students can earn an associate's degree from Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) while still in high school. Credits transfer to other colleges and universities, such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University or NC State. The program also provides paid internships at aviation businesses, job shadowing opportunities, and FAA licenses and industry certifications, such as SolidWorks and AutoCAD. The five main tracks of the program are engineering, pilot, airframe & powerplant mechanic (A&P), avionics technician, and aviation business.

The Andrews Early College of Health Science offers an opportunity for motivated students to prepare for a future career in the field of health sciences to include nursing, biotechnology, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy or medicine to name a few. Students have the opportunity to participate in internships through their courses to gain practical experience in their field of interest. Students in the program complete a rigorous high school curriculum during their freshman, sophomore, and junior years, which prepares them to take first-year college courses, earning dual credit, as a high school senior and a college student. Guilford County Schools (GCS) pays for tuition and non-consumable text books. Students who complete this program earn an Early College diploma in addition to the GCS high school diploma.

From 2012 to 2016, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) was another key program at Andrews. According to the school website, "Our first cohort of students began in the fall of 2012 in the 9th grade. AVID is a yearlong elective course taken during the school day. Students are enrolled in the course after completing an application and interview process. During the AVID elective, students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. As students progress in AVID, their self-images improve, and they become academically successful students, leaders, and role models for other students. AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum, but are falling short of reaching their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation." [2] The AVID program was discontinued in the 2016-2017 school year due to budgeting constraints.

Athletics[edit]

Andrews is currently a 2A school with a large athletic program. In the 2015-2016 school year, Derek Anderson became the current Athletic Director. Anderson had previously coached football and track at Andrews from 2003 until 2007.[3] Sports include soccer, basketball, football, baseball, track, cross country, softball, cheerleading, and volleyball. As of the 2009-2010 school year, Andrews is in PAC6 2A Conference. Eleven of its alumni football players have gone on to play in the National Football League.

Arts[edit]

Andrews offers fine arts classes in visual arts, music, and drama.

The T. Wingate Andrews Marching Band started with J. Y. Bell. Bell served as Band Director for many years. He was also the Band Director for William Penn High School. Andrews also has a Show-Style Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra. The current Band Director is Jason Heath.

Clubs[edit]

Andrews High School offers many extracurricular clubs and teams including Men of Andrews, Ladies of Andrews, International Club, National Honor Society, Reverie (Yearbook), and the TWA Marching Band.

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