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Harding University High School
Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina North Carolina, US
Type Public
Motto Failure is not an option (at Vance)
Established 1992
Principal Alicisa Johnson
Staff 83 teachers
Number of students 1484
Color(s) Maroon and Gold
Mascot Rams
Information 980-343-6007, 2001 Alleghany Street, 28208

Harry P. Harding University High School was established in 1992 as a Math, Science and Technology school in Charlotte, North Carolina. International Baccalaureate was added to the established program in 1995.

Since March 2000, Harding has repeatedly been on the NewsWeek's Top 100 High Schools in the nation in challenging students to undertake rigorous "Advanced Placement" (AP) and "International Baccalaureate" (IB) classes.[1]

The motto of the school has changed several times. It is currently: "Best of the best, better than the rest."

Originally organized as "Harding High School" in 1935, it remained an all white school until 1957 when the school was integrated and later changed the name to Harding University.


Notable alumni

Band of Gold

The renowned Harding University High School Band of Gold, led by director Anthony Jones, made national coverage in January 2009 for their invitation to the 56th Inaugural Parade of President Barack Obama.[2] Harding's was the only band chosen from North Carolina to march in the parade. The 110 person marching band made headlines for the fifty thousand dollars needed to travel to Washington, but were initially unable to raise the funds. Supporters across North Carolina made contributions to the band including Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, who donated $25,000 [3]


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