Wilkes Central High School
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|Wilkes Central High School|
|Moravian Falls, North Carolina
|Color(s)||Forest Green and Gold|
|Yearbook||The Golden Eagle|
Wilkes Central High School is a public high school (grades 9–12) located in Moravian Falls, North Carolina. It is a part of the Wilkes County Schools system. The school's enrollment is typically around 1,000 students. The school's district includes the towns of Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro as well as the southern regions of Wilkes County. The current principal of the school is Michelle Shepherd. Wilkes Central has the largest enrollment of Wilkes County's five public high schools.
Wilkes Central High School was formed in 1953 from a merger of Wilkesboro High School and North Wilkesboro High School. The school's first campus was located on the southern bank of the Yadkin River in Wilkesboro, the county seat. In 1981 the school moved to a new campus in the community of Moravian Falls, located just south of Wilkesboro in the foothills of the Brushy Mountains. In 1965 Wilkes Central became the first high school in Wilkes County to be racially integrated; that year several students from Wilkes County's all-black high school (called Lincoln Heights) began attending Wilkes Central.
A normal school day consists of four 100-minute blocks with four 25 minute lunch periods in between the third and fourth block.
The school offers career preparation classes and college preparation classes. It offers Honors mathematics, English, and science courses. Wilkes Central also offers Advanced Placement courses in subjects such as History, Calculus and English. The language department offers courses in Spanish, Latin, and French. Wilkes Central is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, also known as SACS. The school yearbook is called The Golden Eagle; the school newspaper is called The Talon.
Wilkes Central's sports mascot is the Eagle. Wilkes Central is a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and is classified as a 2A school. The school is a member of the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference, which includes 1A and 2A schools from Wilkes County and neighboring counties in North Carolina. The school's colors are forest green and gold.
- 2A Women's Tennis Team State Champions (2002)
- 2A Men's Soccer State Champions (2005)
- Many Individual Men and Women Cross Country and Track and Field State Champions
Recent athletic achievements since 2000 include conference championships in football, men's soccer, women's tennis, women's cross country, men's cross country, women's basketball, men's tennis, women's soccer, and men's swimming.
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