Students enrolled 988
Hours no info
School leader Mrs Kathy Amos
Transportation options Yes
District Burke County Schools

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701 Enola Road
Morganton, NC 28655

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5 stars
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August 11, 2014
The comment written below is making statements that are simply false. "the first African American Football Coach was greeted with racial slurs" is absolutely untrue. The student and parents at Patton welcomed this coach with open arms. Any negative reaction to his arrival at the school is due to the constant changing of football coaches over the years. There was no racism from the Patton community and they gave nothing but support. Patton and Freedom are both phenomenal schools, although the many community members view Patton as the academic high school and Freedom as the athletic high school. However, Patton has many successful sports team and Freedom test scores are excellent. The comment below is from a community member who feels that tearing Patton down will in turn build Freedom up. Patton provides students with exceptional educational opportunities, a positive and safe environment, and an amazing sense of school spirit and pride.

- submitted by a community member
March 19, 2014
Patton is an OK High school - only average really. Almost all the teachers came from Freedom High (the sister school to Patton in Morganton). Those teachers were good at Freedom, and they continue to do a good job at Patton. There is a rumor that Patton is "a better school" than Freedom, but statistics don't bear that out. Example: US News and World Reports ranks Freedom higher than Patton (#32 to #43 in North Carolina) even though Freedom has a greater range of socio-economic indicators (more ethnic diversity; larger percentage of economically disadvantaged; etc.). Where I rate Patton High below average is it has a past history of racism (the first African American Football Coach was greeted with racial slurs and epithets spray painted on the buildings and football field; also several football players refused to play on the team - at least initially, they did not give any reasons, but the spray paint on the field spoke volumes). If you want a school with less diversity (and no more academic advantages than Freedom) then Patton is the place for you.

- submitted by a community member
December 05, 2013
I think RLPHS is a great school! The teachers care a lot about our educations and push us to do our best at all times. The band program in particular at Patton is great! I love going here!

- submitted by a student
August 30, 2010
The reviews (from 2008) about strict rules/guidelines for the students was accurate at that time but is definitely MUCH improved now! Since the (much needed!) change in leadership, this is a wonderful school! The administration is great & communicates well & the students really seem to enjoy the school! They really provide a super safe environment for the students & a HUGE emphasis is placed on academics....even the (new) football coach holds a mandatory 'Study Hall' prior to practices & has consequences for players that are not applying themselves acedemically. There is a multitude of opportunities to help prepare the students for college.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2010
Great school! Safe too, great educators and administrative staff.

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2010
I'm a student at RLPHS and the school is great the administrational staff are excellent. I am a senior this year so I am gonna miss friends, faculty and the great education. Timothy Davis is the best principal that I have ever had the pleasure of having. TOGETHER WE WILL WIN

- submitted by a student
June 17, 2009
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October 07, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating August 28, 2008
I'm new to the school and do not find the staff at all as helpful or as welcoming as other schools my children have attended.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2008
I think the discipline guidelines are too strict for high school students. These are young adults being treated like kids. Whoever stayed in the building all day and when they steeped outside it's being in a unrestricted area.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2008
Love the school and the community feel. Administrators and faculty are accessible and willing to talk. The quality of class structure, counseling staff, sports and extra curricular activities is varied and certainly aggressive especially for a first year school.

- submitted by a parent
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Robert L Patton High School
701 Enola Road, Morganton, NC  28655
(828) 433-3000
Last modified Robert L Patton High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Robert L Patton High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 11 reviews.