Alexander Central High School
|Alexander Central High School|
|223 School Drive,
Taylorsville, NC 28681
Taylorsville, North Carolina, United States
|School district||Alexander County Schools|
|NCES School ID||370009000028|
|Assistant principals||Crystal Hoke
|Teaching staff||94.43 (FTE)|
|Color(s)||Blue and vegas gold|
|Athletics conference||Northwestern Conference|
In an effort to help handle student population growth and expand the high school to include ninth grade as well, Alexander Central was expanded in 2001 to double in size. Construction was completed in just one year.
For the 2010–2011 school year, Alexander Central High School had a total population of 1,714 students and 94.43 teachers on a (FTE) basis. The student population had a gender ratio of 54% male to 46% female. The demographic group makeup of the student population was: White, 85.94%; Hispanic, 5.25%; Black, 4.38%; Asian/Pacific Islander, 2.98%; and American Indian, 0.06% (two or more races, 1.40%). For the same school year, 44.17% of the students received free or reduced-cost lunches.
The principal of the school is Doug Rhoney. He started in 2011 and was previously principal of West Caldwell High School in Lenoir, North Carolina. Assistant principals are Crystal Hoke, Brian Lewis, and Janel Lingle.
The Alexander Central mascot is the Cougars, wearing the school colors of blue and vegas gold. They compete in various sports throughout the school year. In the Fall: cheerleading, crosscountry, JV & varsity football, girls golf, boys soccer, girls tennis, and volleyball. Winter sports include boys & girls JV & varsity basketball, freshmen basketball, cheerleading, indoor track, swimming, and wrestling. In the Spring, competitions include baseball, boys golf, girls soccer, softball, boys tennis, and track & field.
The school softball team is very dominant winning several state championships (1979, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2009, and 2011), as well as being runner up in 2000. Chelsea Wilkinson, a right-handed pitcher for the softball team received many honors including being named as a Gatorade North Carolina Softball Player of the Year in both 2010 and 2011. She was a Charlotte Observer Player of the Year and a two-time Second Team High School All-American.
Alexander Central High School has many extracurricular activities for students to participate in:
- The Actor's Attic
- The Alexander Muse, a yearly magazine of student art and writing.
- Art Club
- Chess Club
- Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
- Future Farmers of America (FFA)
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
- Future Teachers of America (FTA)
- Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
- History Club
- Interact Club
- Junior Beta Club
- Latin Dance
- LEO Club
- Minority Awareness
- National Beta Club
- Spanish Club
- Step Team
- Student Council
- Teen Poetry Happens
The yearbook of ACHS is called the Alexcentrian. In 2003, it won a yearbook award from the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association.
An atlas created by the Geographic Information Services (GIS) class at ACHS was published in 2007. Instructor, and county IT director, Eric Walker worked with the county's GIS department head, George Brown, for assistance in the project. Originally planned as just a 60-page booklet, the Alexander County Mapbook is a 160-page atlas of the county divided into seven sections: geography, history, government, education, economy, retail and arts and recreation.
The Agricultural Education program was awarded a $3,300 grant by Lowe's Home Improvement during the 2011–2012 to build an aquaculture facility at the school. Along with learning about safe food supplies and alternatives to natural river fishing, students will learn about conversion of fish waste to plant food.
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