Students enrolled 1358
Hours no info
School leader Matthew Hunt
Transportation options Yes
District Durham Public Schools

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117 Tom Wilkinson Road
Durham, NC 27712

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(919) 560-3956
(919) 479-3001
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3 stars
Based on 16 ratings

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August 07, 2014
My child is not attending NHS, this is his base school. My child has been accepted to City of Medicine Academy, which does not have any sports. Sports is very important to my child. We have instilled in our child, that playing any sport is a privilege and that in order to play you must earn it, and he did. How do you earn it? You have to do well academically to play, and indeed he has done so. He was a tri-athlete in middle school and maintained a 4.0. Going forward I am sure he will have some challenges, one of them is that he will be leaving CMA getting on to a bus and going to NHS for practice and sports. I was speaking to Coach Michael Monsees , in regards to my son starting school on Aug. 7th and that he will not be able to attend football practice in the mornings. Coach Monsees, had such words of encouragement to my child and reassured him that the staff and himself understand that school indeed comes first, and not to worry about missing practice. I was so happy to hear this knowing that I my son worried about missing out on practice. I am looking forward to seeing the NHS Knights play!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2014
My daughter is a rising 9th grader and JV cheerleader. She is very excited about beginning her high school journey at Northern. Her class schedule consists of all Honors courses. This is in-line with her academic accomplishments in middle school. My experience interacting with the staff and cheer coaches has been a positive one. While the cheer coaches maintain a hard-working, fun environment, they still expect the cheerleaders to have self-discipline and appropriate respentation of the school. Nothing but the best behavior is tolerated! I attended my 1st PTO board meeting earlier this week. I must say that I am eager to join the UKnighted community and serve as a parent volunteer in any capacity. I look forward to seeing what great opportunities the principal, Mr. Hunt has planned for this upcoming school year. It's going to be a great freshman year!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2014
NHS is an excellent school choice in Durham with a diverse student population and caring, devoted and highly qualified teachers!

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2013
I have found that these rumors of Northern being dangerous are not true. My son is a rising Junior at Northern and has always felt safe there. He has made good friends with black, white and Latino students. He has always struggled with his schoolwork, but his teachers are caring, competent and work with him to succeed. The administration communicates through weekly phone calls and emails. I am very happy with Northern.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
Northern High School is a very dangerous place and if had a choice would never send my child there. The administration try to cover up how dangerous it is but students and teachers are assaulted, guns seen by students on the bus and nothing done about it. They are more concerned with their image than the safety of the students and staff and will never change until the entire administrative staff are gone.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2010
Both of my children attend Northern and I can't be happier. All of the teachers that I have been in contact with are superb! The teachers are excellent and really do care for the kids. I am confident that my son will graduate with the leadership and academic skills that he needs. Great teachers need a great principal and I believe that Northern has both.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
My husband is a teacher and former Football, Basketball and Baseball Coach. Both of my daughters attended and graduated from Northern High School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
They have gone way out of their way to help My Son to succeed

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
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January 28, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 04, 2008
My son will graduate this academic year, 2009. He is ill-prepared for college and the world in general. When I was growing up in the area, NHS was 'the best'. Boy have things changed. My daughter WILL NOT be attending NHS. I will be sending her to another county! I think administration is doing the best that they can. Keeping everyone safe is probably consuming much of the resources, time, and effort. I feel that if the school system supported the policy 'if you don't want to behave, then leave' then schools in general would be able to do what they're suppose to do---EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN. If these young men or women don't want to learn then get OUT!! Don't make it more difficult for the rest. I also recognize the fact that because NHS has deteriorated in quality, they have not been able to attract quality educators.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
i'am currently attending Northern High School right for the remaindor of 4 years and even though i'm just starting out at Northern , I'am actually very pleased with NHS.. I feel northern is better academic wise maybe not safe, but academically they are a very good school, Riverside or others high school in Dps district are really not that good safe and academically wise.. and the staff and principle are amazing and know what they are doing, and know how to do their job right...Maybe ya'll should give Northern a chance. it is whole lot better than the other High schools

- submitted by a student
June 08, 2008
This school has major problems. Although the principal and many others are making an effort the police state atmosphere is unacceptable.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2008
Students in Advanced classes will receive a top-tier education. I can't say the same for standard level students.

- submitted by a community member
January 24, 2008
This school is terrible. Administration is poor and many teachers are of extremely low caliber.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
October 25, 2004
Being a parent of a learning disabled child that attends this school, I concur with the previous comment about the EC Dept. just going through the motions. It's a shame the school has become so depleted in all areas & subjects. Northern is way behind the other high schools in the district in terms of technology. Students are not prepared to enter the real world after their 4 years at Northern. :-(

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 19, 2004
The quality of education and the curriculum at NHS has gone down. At one time Norhtern was a class top rated school, but now that is not the case. The area I give the hightest rating at this school is the guidance counseling. They seem genuinely concerned but the school does not have the programs and resources to give the help a lot of their kids need.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2004
Northern is a school who ethnic makeup has changed quite a bit over the last 3 to 4 years and the school's personnel and administration is just now starting to adjust. The special education department for learning disabled children are sort of going through the motions of providing services but most of the burden is still falling on the parent who does not have special education training only parental training and with sometimes limited resources. Their guidance department is very good. I applaud them for all their professionalism.

- submitted by a parent
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Northern High
117 Tom Wilkinson Road, Durham, NC  27712
(919) 560-3956
Last modified Northern High is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Northern High Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 19 reviews.