Needham B. Broughton High School
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Needham B. Broughton High School, commonly known as Broughton High School, is one of the flagship schools of the Wake County Public School System. It is located at 723 St. Mary's Street, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. Broughton is the only Global Studies Magnet high school in Wake County, and the school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Broughton was named after the Raleigh businessman and politician, Needham B. Broughton, who contributed much to the public schools of the area. Broughton was ranked 690th in Newsweek's list of the top United States schools in 2007. It runs on a 4x4 modified block schedule (A Day-B Day which allows students to go a whole semester without missing a "core class" or a foreign language). Broughton is known for its castle-like stone facade and tall bell tower. The architect was William Henley Deitrick, FAIA.
|Needham B. Broughton High School|
723 St. Mary's Street
|NCES School ID||370472001839|
|Teaching staff||124.61 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||17.21|
|Schedule type||Modified Block, 4-period (A-B Day)|
|Hours in school day||Monday-Friday, 7:25 A.M-2:18 P.M|
|Color(s)||Purple and Gold|
|Fight song||Cheer Broughton|
|Sports||18 varsity teams|
|Rival||William G. Enloe High School|
Needham B. Broughton High School was established in 1929 as Raleigh High School. It is the oldest high school in Raleigh still being used. Shortly after it was built, C. B. Edwards sent a letter to the Raleigh Public School Board, requesting that the school be named for Needham B. Broughton in honor of his service to public education in the city. The renaming ceremony took place in 1930, towards the end of the school year.
Broughton was originally an all white segregated school.
In January 2018 there was controversy at the school when two students posted racist comments over social media, one of them making incendiary remarks about the student body of William G. Enloe High School.
Broughton offers 16 Advanced Placement (AP) courses as well as 28 International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. The school offers four foreign languages: French, German, Mandarin and Spanish. Broughton has produced eight University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Morehead-Cain Scholars, three North Carolina State University Park Scholars, and one Wake Forest University Reynolds Scholar.
Broughton's sports teams play under the name "Capitals", sometimes shortened to "Caps". The school has 18 varsity teams (the newest of which are the lacrosse and gymnastic teams) that compete with other 4A schools in the Cap-7 Conference and with schools around the state. Broughton's main sports facilities are the 3,000-seat Capital Stadium and the Holliday Gymnasium. In 2013, Broughton finished second in the Under Armor Finding Undeniable competition, which is a $140,000 prize toward a high school athletic program.
Broughton has a band, orchestra, chorus, and dance program, among other groups. The "Carolina Spirit" show choir was known as the top show choir in the country during the 1990s, winning six consecutive Showstoppers National/International Championships. In 2007 the drama department produced Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 Broadway play A Raisin in the Sun. In 2015 the drama team put on The Ugly Duckling at the Scotland Theater Festival.
Broughton's award-winning band program has attended the 2008 and 2012 Tournament of Roses Parades. The 186 member band was one of fifteen bands selected to participate for the 2008 parade, and one of only six high schools. They were invited to march at the Inaugural Parade for N.C. Governor Bev Perdue. The Jazz I group also performed for President Barack Obama during his visit to Raleigh on July 29, 2009. Broughton also has a concert band, a symphonic wind ensemble, and a jazz band that performed for Jay Leno in 2011 and has made other appearances in Raleigh's "Pieces of Gold" at Memorial Auditorium, and played in Cameron Village's Chick-fil-A and Noodles restaurants.
Broughton's publications program includes the annual yearbook and newspaper. The yearbook is named the "Latipac" which is "Capital" (Broughton's mascot)spelled backwards. The school newspaper, the "Hi-Times", is published and distributed several times a year.
Students from Broughton's Dance Program regularly perform throughout the country and at arts functions around the state. They put on several concerts each year, including a benefit concert in December which is completely produced by the Broughton Dance Company. In 2017, the Broughton Dance Director, Betsy Graves, was named Wake County Public School System Teacher of the Year.[better source needed]
Students are required to perform 25 hours of service each year within the community. Students can also participate in service trips to Guatemala (Proyecto Quetzal) and in projects such as a school-sponsored Habitat for Humanity house.
Broughton is serviced by the adjacent Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL), a program established by former Senator John Edwards that provides after-school access to computers. Broughton's graphics department has also received an update.
From 2002 to 2004 Broughton underwent a $14 million renovation in which much of the school was gutted and refitted with state-of-the-art technology and new interiors. During the 2004–2005 school year Broughton received an additional $5 million to renovate its Holliday Gymnasium (the state's largest high school gym). One of the highlights of the renovations was the refurbishment of the newly titled Diane Payne Auditorium, named after the retired veteran principal.
Broughton broadcasts its morning announcements via a closed-circuit network, headquartered from the WCAP media studio in the library. WCAP was founded in 1992 as a monthly, pre-recorded news production informing students of events happening around Broughton. By 1993 it had become a live, daily show broadcast from the media center. The set has undergone many renovations throughout the years, and WCAP celebrated its twentieth birthday on January 30, 2012.
In popular cultureEdit
The music video for the 1993 song "'74–'75" by The Connells features members of the Broughton High School Class of 1975 as they appeared in 1993 with juxtaposed images of their senior pictures. An update to the video was done in 2015. Band members of The Connells who graduated from Broughton are bassist David Connell and former drummer for The Connells, Peele Wimberly.
Broughton High School is featured heavily in the popular satirical website ITB Insider, written primarily under the pseudonym of William Needham Finley IV (the middle name, Needham, echoing the first name in the full Needham Broughton High School).
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