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Southern Nash High School

Southern Nash High School is a public high school in Bailey, North Carolina. It is one of four high schools in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools and has the second-largest enrollment of the four.

Southern Nash High School
6446 Southern Nash High Road


United States
Coordinates35°51′05″N 78°05′14″W / 35.8512664°N 78.0872123°W / 35.8512664; -78.0872123Coordinates: 35°51′05″N 78°05′14″W / 35.8512664°N 78.0872123°W / 35.8512664; -78.0872123[1]
School typePublic
MottoStrength through unity
School districtNash-Rocky Mount Public Schools
CEEB code340215
PrincipalHugh Scott[2]
StaffTerry Hopkins (Assistant Principal), Megan Bain (Assistant Principal), Tineta McMillan (Assistant Principal) Robbie Kennedy (Athletic Director)
Teaching staff78[2]
Enrollment1,092 (2016-17)[3]
Student to teacher ratio16.2
Campus size82 acres (330,000 m2)
School colour(s)Red, Navy, White
Athletics conferenceBig East
MascotHottie the Firebird
Team nameFirebirds
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Southern Nash High School was created by the consolidation of Bailey High School, Coopers, Middlesex and Spring Hope school's high school programs. It opened in 1968. The opening of Nash Central High School in 2003 drew off some of its student population.


The campus occupies 82 acres (33 ha) of land.[4]


Southern Nash offers Advanced Placement courses in United States History and English Literature & Composition, as well as online calculus AB.[5] College-level courses are also available through distance learning and partnerships with Nash Community College and the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. In 2007, Southern Nash High School surpassed the state average End-of-Course scores in algebra I, algebra II, biology, United States history, and geometry.[5] Other academic programs at Southern Nash High School include a state recognized Youth Apprenticeship program, an award-winning architectural and graphic arts program, a NATEF certified Auto-Tech program, an aquaculture program, an agricultural program, and Health Science Academy.

Agricultural educationEdit

Southern Nash High School is home to one of the largest agriculture programs in the state of North Carolina. The school has a greenhouse, an aquaculture room, and a pond on campus. Courses like biotechnology, horticulture, forestry, aquaculture, and animal science are offered through the Agricultural Education program. Currently, Southern Nash High School boasts an animal collection which consists of snakes, catfish, tilapia, fire belly toads, crickets, giant millipedes from China, a ferret, a cow, turkeys, chickens, and goats.[4] The Agriculture department is headed by Mike Bartholomew, Nash-Rocky Mount's Teacher of the Year in 2004–2005.[6]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

List of clubs offered:

National FFA OrganizationEdit

A Southern Nash student participates in the Tractor Driving Career Development event

The Southern Nash FFA chapter is one of the largest in North Carolina, with over 400 members,[4] and is generally regarded as one of the top chapters in the state. From 2004–2006, Southern Nash was named the top FFA program in North Carolina. Southern Nash High School consistently places in the federation, region, state, and national levels in Career Development Events and field several teams.

Marching BandEdit

Southern Nash High School's marching band has also been nationally recognized. Since 2002, the Marching Firebirds have placed first or second overall in majority of their competitions.[7] Elements such as music, marching, drum major, percussion, color guard, visual ensemble, and general performance are judged in these competitions.[7] During the 2005 and 2006 seasons, the Marching Firebirds placed 3rd nationally in their class. The Southern Nash High School Marching Firebirds lost a very important member of their instructive team, Michael E. Lancaster. Michael E. Lancaster died during the summer of 2006. He was often referred to as "L", short of Lancaster. Mr. Lancaster was noted for establishing the Marching Firebirds on the state and national spotlight through the rigorous strive for excellence. During his reign as the Music Director (instrumental) the school consistently placed high in their performing class and sometimes would also have the highest score for the day out-placing bands much larger in size. Under Mr. Lancaster the marching arts for Southern Nash High School developed an idea to follow for smaller groups. This idea was that small groups not only could do well in competitions, but also sound and look great. Mr. Lancaster was and is still highly misses by the thousands of students he taught from the 1990s until his death in 2006.


A Southern Nash tennis player

Southern Nash is a member of the 3-A Big East athletic conference, which consists of Southern Nash, Nash Central High School, Northern Nash High School, Rocky Mount High School, Fike High School, and Hunt High School. Northern Nash is considered the school's main rival, but recently Nash Central has also evolved into a rival school. Southern Nash has won three state championships; one in softball (1995)[8] and two in boys' outdoor track (1998, 1999). The school has also had 11 individual state champions in sports such as indoor track, outdoor track, wrestling, and boys' tennis. Under coach Brad Joyner, the boys' tennis team has become a powerhouse over the last decade, and have consistently been voted in the top 10 of the state; in 2008, they reached number one for the first time in school history, and held the spot for over two months. From 2003-2011, the Firebirds were 89–1 in conference play and won 9 consecutive conference championships. From 2007-2011, they were 93-2 in the regular season, including a 62-0 stretch from 2007-2009. The tennis team won the 2008 and 2009 Eastern Regional 3-A championships but lost the State Championship match both times to Charlotte Catholic High School and Lake Norman High School, respectively. The football team has also experienced recent success, having advanced to the semifinals of the NCHSAA 3-AA playoffs in 2009 in addition to producing several NCAA Division 1 football players. In 2012, the boys' soccer team also reached the semifinals of the state playoffs before losing to the eventual champion, Jacksonville High School.

Southern Nash High School offers students a variety of sports, which are divided seasonally.
Fall sports:

Winter sports:

  • boys' junior varsity and varsity basketball
  • girls' junior varsity and varsity basketball
  • boys' indoor track and field
  • girls' indoor track and field
  • boys' swimming
  • girls' swimming
  • wrestling

Spring sports:

  • junior varsity and varsity baseball
  • boys' golf
  • girls' soccer
  • junior varsity and varsity softball
  • boys' tennis
  • boys' outdoor track and field
  • girls' outdoor track and field


  • Julius Peppers: 1998 NCHSAA male athlete of the year[9]
  • Anna Tharrington: 1999 NCHSAA female athlete of the year[9]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Southern Nash High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
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  3. ^ "Southern Nash High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Spring Hope Enterprise".
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  7. ^ a b "Southern Nash High School marching and".
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2012-12-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ a b "North Carolina high School Athletic Association website".

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