Gray’s Creek High School Earns Level 2 Status in NFHS School Honor Roll

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 19, 2020) – Gray’s Creek High School in Hope Mills, North Carolina, is the fourth school in the nation – and second in North Carolina – to earn Level 2 status in the School Honor Roll program recently initiated by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). 

The NFHS School Honor Roll is a new national recognition program designed to promote professional development for high school coaches by completing specific online education courses through the NFHS Learning Center (  

In earning Level 2 status, more than 90 percent of the coaches at Gray’s Creek High School in the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) completed courses that pertain specifically to sports they coach, along with “First Aid, Health and Safety,” “Heat Illness Prevention” and “Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.” 

Gray’s Creek High School previously earned Level 1 status in the School Honor Roll program – one of 23 Cumberland County Schools to accomplish this feat – and joins Mac Williams Middle School, another CCS school, as North Carolina schools to earn Level 2 status.  

“We want to congratulate the coaches and administration at Gray’s Creek High School in becoming the fourth school across the country to earn Level 2 status in the School Honor Roll,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. “This is a tremendous accomplishment and a strong indication of the school’s commitment to professional development for its coaches. These courses will be very beneficial for the coaches at Gray’s Creek High School in handling their daily tasks, and we hope this encourages other schools to follow their example.” 

As a physical sign of completing Level 2 certification, Gray’s Creek High School will receive a large Level 2 display banner for its school gymnasium to commemorate the school’s accomplishments and dedication to professional development and education-based activity programs. 

The school earned its Level 1 status (and banner) when 90 percent of its coaches completed the core course “Fundamentals of Coaching” along with three of the Learning Center’s most significant courses – “Concussion in Sports,” “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” and “Protecting Students from Abuse.”

A Level 3 banner will be awarded for schools that reach 90-percent completion for the “Sportsmanship,” “Strength and Conditioning,” “Teaching and Modeling Behavior,” “Engaging Effectively with Parents” and “Bullying, Hazing, and Inappropriate Behaviors” courses.

“Earning the NFHS School Honor Roll banner is a symbol that the school and its coaches are committed to providing a great experience for young people, and it’s something that everyone can be proud of within their communities,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS Director of Educational Services. 

For more information on the NFHS School Honor Roll and to apply for participation in the program, please visit