Cape Hatteras Secondary School

Cape Hatteras Secondary School is a public middle and high school in Buxton, on Cape Hatteras in Dare County, North Carolina. It is a part of Dare County Schools. It serves grades 6 through 12. Its attendance boundary includes areas in the county on islands south of the Oregon Inlet Bridge.[1] This includes the census-designated places of Buxton, Avon, Frisco, Hatteras, Rodanthe, Salvo, and Waves.


An older set of buildings were built beginning in 1955, and by the mid-2000s Cape Matteras Secondary was the oldest school structure in the school district. In 1993 Hurricane Emily flooded the building.[2]

There was a single K-12 school, Cape Hatteras School, but it since 1997 was administratively divided into elementary and secondary divisions.[3]

In 2003 Hurricane Isabel tore a channel between Hatteras and the school building, and therefore for a two month period boats were used to transport students.[2]

From 2005 to 2007 the district renovated portions and demolished others, spending a total of almost $30 million, far larger than the initial $5.3 million anticipated renovation. In 2007 it had about 350 students.[2]

By 2019 the school was having a new media center built.[4] Hurricane Dorian damaged the campus, with older portions generally more severely impacted. About $400,000 damage was done to the roof.[5] The roof of the media center had been affected.[6]


  1. ^ "Attendance Zone Information". Dare County Schools. Retrieved 2021-04-12. Cape Hatteras Secondary School -- All areas South of the Oregon Inlet Bridge
  2. ^ a b c "Cape Hatteras Secondary goes back to school in style". The Virginian-Pilot. 2007-08-26. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  3. ^ "Home". Hatteras School. 2004-10-11. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  4. ^ "Future view of Cape Hatteras Secondary media center". The Coastland Times. 2020-02-24. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  5. ^ Puleo, Danielle (2019-09-16). "Dorian leaves its mark on Cape Hatteras Secondary Secondary". The Coastland Times. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  6. ^ Goodloe-Murphy, Mary Helen (2020-02-17). "Cape Hatteras Secondary on the way to full recovery". The Coastland Times. Retrieved 2021-04-13.

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Coordinates: 35°15′56″N 75°33′04″W / 35.2655°N 75.5512°W / 35.2655; -75.5512