East Mecklenburg High School

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East Mecklenburg High School
6800 Monroe Rd


United States
Coordinates35°10′34″N 80°45′33″W / 35.176131°N 80.759157°W / 35.176131; -80.759157Coordinates: 35°10′34″N 80°45′33″W / 35.176131°N 80.759157°W / 35.176131; -80.759157
MottoEvery Eagle A Success
Established1950 (71 years ago) (1950)
CEEB code342535
PrincipalRichard B. Parker
Staff113.94 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment2,074 (2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio18.20[1]
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.[2]

Student profile[edit]

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.[3]


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.[4] 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.[5] 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.


East Meck competes in the Southwestern 4A conference of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.[6] Team colors are blue and yellow and the school mascot is an eagle.

In 2008, the boys' basketball team won the state championship, defeating the Apex High School Cougars 73–61.[7]

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.[8] In 2010 they were runners-up for Division I State Championship's losing to West Mecklenburg High School 25–12.[9]

East's soccer were state 4A runners-up in 2004.[10]

The boys' cross country team have won six cross country state titles, including a three-peat from 1990–92.[11] Members of East Meck cross country designed and built Charlotte's McAlpine Greenway Park cross country course,[12] 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


Based on its proportion of graduating seniors taking AP and IB tests, East was ranked among the 500 top high schools in the nation by Newsweek.[13]

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.[14][15] 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.[16]

The Eagle, East Mecklenburg's school newspaper, was named a Paper of Distinction in 2008 by the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association.[17]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "East Mecklenburg High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  2. ^ About Our School - East Mecklenburg High School. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  3. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for East Mecklenburg High School".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2008-01-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2008-01-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ North Carolina High School Athletic Association Report[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Charlotte Observer | 11/10/2007 | 4A Preview | High School Basketball
  8. ^ http://www.nchsra.org/
  9. ^ "East Meck Rugby". Archived from the original on 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  10. ^ "North Carolina High School Athletic Association Report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-04-15. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  11. ^ NCPrepTrack.com . . .North Carolina High School Cross-Country Champions
  12. ^ Charlotte 49ers - General Releases
  13. ^ http://www.newsweek.com/id/39380/?q=2008/rank/401/
  14. ^ East Meck Newsletter June 2005 - Final
  15. ^ East Meck Newsletter October 20, 2007[1]
  16. ^ "Johnson & Wales University | College of Culinary Arts | Nat'l HS Chef of the Year 2008 Winners". Archived from the original on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
  17. ^ ncsma :: 2006 newspaper awards
  18. ^ Rodney Austin Stats. Pro-Football-Reference. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  19. ^ Byron Dinkins Stats. Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  20. ^ Player Bio: Mike Fox :: Baseball
  21. ^ Harding, Rose, and Palomino Earn NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic Honors - Charlotte 49ers. charlotte49ers.com. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  22. ^ The Archive of Women in Theological Scholarship. Burke Library, Union Theological Seminary (biographical details to 1998).
  23. ^ Jeremy Ingram - Men's Basketball. North Carolina Central Athletics. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  24. ^ Running Times Magazine: Joan Nesbit Mabe
  25. ^ James Gulley Obituary - Charlotte, NC. Dignity Memorial. Retrieved Dec 22, 2019.
  26. ^ Richard Parris Obituary (2010) - Charlotte Observer. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  27. ^ Eddie Payne - USC Upstate Athletics. uscupstatespartans.com. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  28. ^ Official site of the Pittsburgh Steelers - Roster Archived 2008-01-20 at the Wayback Machine
  29. ^ "Jennifer Roberts defeats Edwin Peacock for Charlotte mayor". charlotteobserver. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  30. ^ "Richard Vinroot". Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  31. ^ Earl Wentz Obituary. legacy.com. Retrieved 9 June 2019.

External links[edit]

  • [1] East Meck's school website