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Green Level Named NFHS Honor Roll School

By Athletic Director , 05/09/20, 9:30AM EDT


Green Level High School has made the NFHS School Honor Roll! We’re proud to be recognized by the National Federation of High School Sports as a Level 1 school for professional development. Congratulations, Gators! #HonorRollSchool #AlwaysLead


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Two Wake County (North Carolina) Public Schools Earn Level 1 Status in NFHS School Honor Roll Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        

Contact: Dan Schuster

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 11, 2020) – The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is pleased to announce that two schools in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS)  in Cary, North Carolina, have earned Level 1 status in the NFHS School Honor Roll.

The newly instituted NFHS School Honor Roll is a national recognition program designed to promote professional development for high school coaches by completing specific online education courses through the NFHS Learning Center (

The first two WCPSS schools to achieve this honor are Holly Springs High School and Green Level High School. In earning Level 1 status, more than 90 percent of the coaches at Holly Springs High School and Green Level High School completed the core course “Fundamentals of Coaching” along with three of the Learning Center’s most significant courses – “Concussion in Sports,” “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” and “Protecting Students from Abuse.”

“We want to congratulate the coaches and administration at both of these WCPSS schools for taking this significant step in prioritizing professional development,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. “These four courses will definitely help the coaches at these schools to handle the daily challenges in high school sports and should serve as a challenge for other schools to follow their example.”

“Congratulations to Holly Springs and Green Level High Schools for becoming the first WCPSS schools to meet the requirements for recognition as a NFHS Level 1 Honor Roll Program,” said Deran Coe, director of athletics for the Wake County Public School System. “This recognition is evidence of the dedication and commitment by the coaching staffs and athletic directors to creating the best possible environment and experience for student-athletes at Holly Springs High School and Green Level High School. The Golden Hawks and Gators are to commended!

“While Holly Springs and Green Level are the first schools in the district to receive this recognition, I know that many others are very close to meeting the standard set by the NFHS. It is my hope that all 59 of the WCPSS schools with interscholastic athletics programs will soon meet these requirements and be recognized as part of the NFHS School Honor Roll Program.”

As a physical sign of completing Level 1 certification, each of these schools will receive a large display banner for its school gymnasium to commemorate its accomplishments and dedication to professional development and education-based activity programs.

Schools can earn Level 2 status (and a Level 2 banner) on the NFHS School Honor Roll when more than 90 percent of their coaches – excluding volunteer coaches – complete courses that pertain specifically to sports they coach, along with “First Aid, Health and  Safety,” “Heat Illness Prevention” and “Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.”

A Level 3 banner will be awarded for schools that reach 90-percent completion for the “Sportsmanship,” “Strength and Conditioning,” “Teaching and Modeling Behavior,” “Engaging Effectively with Parents” and “Bullying, Hazing, and Inappropriate Behaviors” courses.

“Earning the NFHS School Honor Roll banner is a symbol that the school and its coaches are committed to providing a great experience for young people, and it’s something that everyone can be proud of within their communities,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS Director of Educational Services.

For more information on the NFHS School Honor Roll and to apply for participation in the program, please visit