East Mecklenburg High School
|East Mecklenburg High School|
6800 Monroe Rd
|Motto||Every Eagle A Success|
|Principal||Richard B. Parker|
|Student to teacher ratio||18.20|
|Color(s)||Blue and yellow |
East Mecklenburg High School is a public secondary school in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, and one of 21 high schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system. The principal of the school is Richard "Rick" Parker. East Mecklenburg High School is partial magnet school in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. It is part of the International Baccalaureate program. East Mecklenburg students come from many middle school areas such as Albemarle Road, Carmel, Queens Grant, Crestdale, Eastway, J.T. Williams, McClintock, Mint Hill, Randolph, Northeast, and Northridge.
Founded in 1950, East Mecklenburg had only grades 10, 11, and 12 until the 1997–98 school year, when 9th graders were added. East Mecklenburg served as the high school for all of eastern Mecklenburg County until 1989, when Providence High School opened.
East Mecklenburg High (or simply East Meck or East) touts one of the most diverse student bodies in Charlotte. For the 2011–2012 school year, the school of 1,686 students reported the following racial breakdown to CMS: 48.27% African-American, 23.90% White, 17.02% Hispanic, 6.29% Asian and Pacific/Hawaiian Islanders, 3.80% Multi-racial, and 0.71% American Indian/Alaskan Native.
East Mecklenburg offers a wide array of classes to its students. The most challenging are those found in its International Baccalaureate program and its 23 Advanced Placement courses. The school also hosts a top-notch special education department, known as its Exceptional Children program. More than 30 faculty members serve as resources and assistants in the program. The AutoTech program and Culinary department offer technical skills courses to those students not interested in intensive college prep.
East Mecklenburg is one of five High Schools in North Carolina that has an Academy of Engineering program. Over 20 Students were accepted into the program which began in the Fall of 2011. The program has been carefully designed to introduce students to a wide variety of engineering principles, PLTW classes for the program include; Introduction of Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering & Architecture, Bio-technical Engineering, and Engineering Design and Development.
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The East Meck rugby team won the 2008 Division II State Championship, and in its second full year, won the 2009 Division I state championship after defeating crosstown rival Myers Park in the title game. In 2010 they were runners-up for Division I State Championship's losing to West Mecklenburg High School 25–12.
The boys' cross country team have won six cross country state titles, including a three-peat from 1990–92. Members of East Meck cross country designed and built Charlotte's McAlpine Greenway Park cross country course, the site of major meets such as the Wendy's Invitational and the Southern regional qualifying race of the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships.
State 4-A Championships
- Men's Basketball 2008
- Men's Indoor Track 2000
- Men's Outdoor Track 1997
- Men's Cross Country 1960, 1973, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992
- Women's Indoor Track 1991
- Women's Cross Country 1982
- Football 1977
- Men's Soccer 1968, 1969
Also frequently earning awards is East Meck's culinary program. Since 2005, East's culinary team has won gold medals in state and national competition. In April 2008, senior Luis Rojas was named the National High School Chef of the Year by Johnson & Wales University in the dessert category, garnering him more than $80,000 in scholarship money.
The Eagle, East Mecklenburg's school newspaper, was named a Paper of Distinction in 2008 by the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association.
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- Evan Harding, professional soccer player for the Charlotte Eagles
- Carter Heyward, paved the way for the recognition of women as priests in the Episcopal Church
- Jeremy Ingram, professional basketball player
- Macoumba Kandji, professional soccer player
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- Joan Nesbit, cross country national champion and United States representative at the 1996 Summer Olympics in the 10,000-meter run
- Jim Gulley, politician
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- Eddie Payne, college basketball coach
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- Richard Vinroot, politician, attorney, and the 52nd Mayor of Charlotte
- Earl Wentz, pianist, composer, and musical director
- Barry Windham, professional wrestler, son of Blackjack Mulligan
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