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East Chapel Hill High School
East Chapel Hill High School logo.png
Established 1996
Type Public
Principal Eileen Tully
Asst. Principal Chris Smith
Beverly Rudolph
Tomeka Ward-Satterfield
Faculty 195
Location 500 Weaver Dairy Road,
Chapel Hill, North Carolina,
 United States
District CHCCS
Accreditation SACS
Colors Black and silver
Mascot Wildcats
Yearbook Eurus
Newspaper The ECHO
National ranking 77th

All data from school website/handbook.[1]

Coordinates: 35°57′39″N 79°01′45″W / 35.9607°N 79.0292°W / 35.9607; -79.0292

East Chapel Hill High School is a public high school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It is the second high school of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district which contains two other high schools, Chapel Hill High School and Carrboro High School. The school's principal is Eileen Tully, and the mascot is the Wildcat. East holds multiple 3A and 4A championships and is home to many award-winning extracurricular groups, particularly the two student-run a cappella groups, the Chiefs of Staff and the Alley Cats, and the East Chapel Hill Speech and Debate team. Many of its students take Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Although East has previously ranked within the top 100 of American public high schools, it was taken off the list for the 2009-2010 school year due to disadvantaged students' and racial achievement gaps.[2]



This is a highly competitive school in which the students typically score above the national average on standardized tests. In the 2002 school year the median weighted GPA was 3.56, and the median SAT score was 1181 compared to the state average of 1001. Also, 313 students participated in Advanced Placement (AP) examinations with 53% of all scores above a 3. [3] There are typically 15-25 National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists in a graduating class at East. Negative effects of the intense academic atmosphere include considerable student stress and grade inflation.


According to 2002-2004 school statistics, 63% of the school's student body is white, 18% is African American, 5% is Hispanic, and 14% is Asian. 52% of the student body is male and 48% is female. For this time period, out of a total of 1706 students 30% (513 students) was in the 9th grade, 24.6% (421 students) was in the 10th grade, 25% (426) was in the 11th grade and 20.3% (346 students) was in the 12th grade. There were a total of 69 teachers making for a 1:25 ratio of teachers to students. [4]


Athletic programs make up a large part of student life at East, and East's teams have been highly competitive and successful every year since the school's inception in 1996. East fields teams in sports across the board. Fall sports include: football, men's soccer, women's tennis, field hockey, volleyball, cheerleading, women's golf, and men's and women's cross country. Winter sports include: men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's basketball, wrestling, cheerleading, and Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field. Spring sports include men's tennis, baseball, softball, men's and women's track & field, men's golf, women's soccer, and men's and women's lacrosse. Since 1996, East teams have won many NC state, regional, conference, and individual championships. As of Fall 2004, East's women's tennis team had won 7 3A State Championships in a row. In the spring of 2008 the men's tennis team won the 4A state championships.

For the first 13 years of East Chapel Hill High School's existence, Dave Thaden was the principal; he retired on June 30, 2009. He was replaced by Eileen Tully.[3]

Also notable is the school's rivalry to nearby Chapel Hill High School.[4]

Alumni Association

Proposals for the creation of an alumni association for East began in Fall of 2007. These efforts took off in 2009 with the drafting of organizational bylaws, the creation of a Board of Directors, and the launching of a new website. [5]

Notable Events

  • On April 24, 2006, eighteen-year-old student W.B. Foster held both teacher Lisa Kukla, and a student hostage with a shotgun, a hunting knife, and a pistol. After more than an hour, Lisa Kukla was able to talk Foster out of harming her or the student. Instead, Foster fired a shot through the window and fled, but was later turned in to the police. It's unknown why Foster held those two hostage, since he was never taught by Kukla, and didn't seem to know the student. In June 2007, Foster was sentenced to five years of probation, because his attorneys claimed he had schizophrenia. [6]
  • In July 2006, a junior at East Chapel Hill High School, Arnavv Tripathy, won a gold medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Slovenia. He was one of the two members on the U.S. squad that won gold medals. Competing in a field of 498 students from 90 countries, Tripathy helped the U.S. team finish fifth overall. Tripathy also has been enrolled in undergraduate level math courses at UNC since 9th grade, and has been enrolled in graduate level math courses at UNC since 11th grade. During the qualification for the IMO, Arnav Tripathy scored 150/150 on the AMC 12.[5] He then scored a 14/15 on the AIME examination.[6] He then won the USAMO, qualifying for the IMO. He then returned to the IMO in 2007, where he won a silver medal, one of three Americans to do so.
  • In November 2007, an investigation began after the Orange County Department of Social Services reported that an East Chapel Hill High School teacher may have been having sexual relations with a student at the school.[7]
  • In February 2009, assistant principal, Gloria Woods-Weeks was named the 2009 North Carolina Assistant Principal of the Year by the N.C. Principals and Assistant Principals Association. Ms. Woods-Weeks left at the end of the 2008-2009 school year to become the principal of the Holton Career Center in Durham Public Schools.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "2007-2008 Profile" (PDF). East Chapel Hill High School. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ 2006 AMC 12A State Student Listing
  6. ^ 2006 AIME winners
  7. ^ News and Observer Report of Sex Scandal

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