North Carolina Schools Earn Level 1 Status in NFHS School Honor Roll Program

INDIANAPOLIS, IN  – The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is pleased to announce NCHSAA Member schools that have earned Level 1 status in the NFHS School Honor Roll.

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

The latest NCHSAA schools achieving this honor are

  • Ashe County High School
  • Cape Fear High School
  • Cherryville High School
  • Douglas Byrd High School
  • Durham School of the Arts
  • E.E. Smith High School
  • East Surry High School
  • Elkin High School
  • Garner Magnet High School
  • Gray’s Creek High School (1st in the country)
  • Green Hope High School
  • Green Level High School
  • Heide Trask High School
  • Heritage High School 
  • Holly Springs High School
  • Jack Britt High School
  • James B. Hunt High School
  • Jones Senior High School
  • Kings Mountain High School
  • Louisburg High School  
  • Lumberton High School
  • Mount Pleasant High School
  • Nash Central High School
  • Needham Broughton High School
  • Overhills High School
  • Pender County High School
  • Pine Forest High School
  • Rocky Mount High School
  • Seventy-First High School
  • South View High School
  • Southern Nash High School
  • Southwest Guilford High Schoo
  • Terry Sanford High School
  • Union Academy Charter School
  • Wake Forest High School
  • Wakefield High School
  • West Craven High School
  • West Rowan High School
  • Westover High School

In earning Level 1 status, more than 90 percent of the coaches at these schools 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.”

“We want to congratulate the coaches and administration at these four North Carolina schools for taking this significant step in prioritizing professional development,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. “These four courses will definitely help the coaches at these schools to handle the daily challenges in high school sports and should serve as a challenge for other schools to follow their example.”

As a physical sign of completing Level 1 certification, each of these schools will receive a large display banner for its school gymnasium to commemorate its accomplishments and dedication to professional development and education-based activity programs.

Schools can earn Level 2 status (and a Level 2 banner) on the NFHS School Honor Roll when more than 90 percent of their coaches – excluding volunteer coaches – complete 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.”

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 apply for participation in the program, please visit