North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Rocky Mount High School is First North Carolina School to Earn Level 3 Status in NFHS School Honor Roll

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 5, 2020) – Rocky Mount (North Carolina) High School is the third high school in the nation – and first in North Carolina – to earn Level 3 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 3 status, more than 90 percent of the coaches at Rocky Mount High School completed the following required courses in the NFHS Learning Center: “Sportsmanship,” “Strength and Conditioning,” “Teaching and Modeling Behavior,” “Engaging Effectively with Parents” and “Bullying, Hazing, and Inappropriate Behaviors.” 

Previously, the coaches at the Rocky Mount High School earned Level 1 status by completing the core course “Fundamentals of Coaching” along with other Level 1 required courses: “Concussion in Sports,” “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” and “Protecting Students from Abuse.” 

“We want to congratulate the coaches and administration at the Rocky Mount High School by earning Level 3 status in the NFHS School Honor Roll program,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. “This is truly an outstanding 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 Rocky Mount High School, and we hope this encourages other schools to follow their example and complete all levels of courses in the School Honor Roll.”  

As a physical sign of completing Level 3 certification, Rocky Mount High School will receive a large Level 3 display banner for its school gymnasium to commemorate the school’s accomplishments and dedication to professional development and education-based activity programs.

“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