- Needham B. Broughton High School
Needham B. Broughton High School Address 723 St. Mary's Street
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Coordinates Coordinates: Information School type Public Founded 1929 Principal Mr. Stephen Mares Vice principal Mike Ludwick
Teaching staff approx. 190 Number of students approx. 2,167 Schedule type Modified Block, 4-period (A-B Day) Hours in school day Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 8:00 - 3:00
Tuesdays 8:25 - 3:00pm
Information +1 919 856-7810 Degrees IB Diploma Programs IB Programme Website broughton.wcpss.net Broughton Capitals School(s) Needham B. Broughton High School Association NCHSAA Division Division 4-AA Conference CAP-7 Conference Athletics director Jack Spain Location Raleigh, NC Varsity teams 18 varsity teams Stadium Capital Stadium Arena Holliday Gymnasium Nickname Capitals Fight song Cheer Broughton Colors Purple and Gold Website broughtonathletics.com
Needham Bryant Broughton High School, or simply Broughton High School, is one of the flagship schools of the Wake County Public School System. It is located at 723 St. Mary's Street, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. Broughton was named after the Raleigh aristocrat, Needham B. Broughton, who contributed much to the public schools of the area. Broughton is currently ranked 410th in Newsweek's list of the top United States schools. It runs on a 4x4 modified block schedule (A Day-B Day which allows students to go a whole semester without missing a "core class" or a foreign language), and is the only in Wake County to do so. Broughton is known for its castle-like stone facade and tall bell tower. The architect was William Henley Deitrick, FAIA.
It offers over 25 Advanced Placement (AP) courses to challenge the upper tier of its students, as well as several International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. The school offers four foreign languages: French, German, Latin, and Spanish. Broughton has produced eight UNC Morehead-Cains Scholars, three NC State Park Scholars, and one Wake Forest Reynolds Scholar in the past five years.
Broughton's sports teams play under the name "Capitals." The school has 18 varsity teams (the newest of which are the lacrosse and gymnastic teams) that compete with other 4-A schools in the CAP-8 conference and with schools around the state. Broughton's main sports facilities are the 3,000-seat Capital Stadium and the Holliday Gymnasium (the only high school gym in North Carolina that can house the entire school population).
Broughton's Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is a student ran organization which is supervised by retired Air Force personnel. The objectives of JROTC are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline, and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.The AFJROTC program is grounded in the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. The curriculum emphasizes the Air Force heritage and traditions, the development of flight, applied flight sciences, military aerospace policies, and space exploration.
Curriculum opportunities include:
•Life skills education
•Field trips / training opportunities
Broughton not only strives to produce strong academic and athletic programs, but a strong arts program as well. It has a well known band, orchestra, and chorus, among other groups. The "Carolina Spirit" show choir was known as the top show choir in the country during the 1990s, winning an unprecedented 6 consecutive Showstoppers National/International Championships. In 2007 the drama department, led by Bill Hagen, created a production of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 Broadway A Raisin in the Sun.
Broughton's award-winning band program has attended the 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade and has been invited to march once again in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, 2012. The 186 member band was one of fifteen bands selected to participate for the 2008 parade, and one of only six high schools. They are the first Raleigh band and the fourth North Carolina band to be invited. They were invited to march at the Inaugural Parade for N.C. Governor Bev Perdue. The Jazz I group also performed for President Barack Obama during his visit to Raleigh on July 29, 2009. The band is under the direction of Jeffery Richardson (more popularly known as "JR"), as it has been for 34 years. In addition to its marching program, Broughton has a concert band and a symphonic wind ensemble, and is the only school in Wake County that offers two jazz ensembles: Jazz I for mainly upperclassmen, and Jazz II for underclassmen.
As part of Broughton's commitment to the community, students are required to perform 25 hours of service, each year, within the community; this requirement provides over 55,000 hours annually to Raleigh City and surrounding areas. Students can also participate in service trips to Guatemala (Proyecto Quetzal) and in projects such as a school-sponsored Habitat for Humanity house. The community service program is headed by Jane VanGraafeiland. 
The school has in recent years undergone a technological renovation. Each room is equipped with at least one computer, and there are over six computer labs throughout the school. In addition, Broughton is serviced by the adjacent Wade Edwards Learning Lab (WELL), a program established by former Senator John Edwards that provides after-school access to computers. Here students put on a variety of programs and create special feature videos, from historical documentaries to Star Wars movie spoofs. Broughton's graphics department has also received an update, and students from this program do everything from designing t-shirts to creating 3-D models of airplanes.
From 2002-2004 Broughton underwent a $14 million renovation in which much of the school was gutted and refitted with state-of-the-art technology and new interiors. During the 2004-2005 school year Broughton received an additional $5 million to renovate its Holiday Gymnasium (the state's largest high school gym). One of the highlights of the renovations was the refurbishment of the newly titled Diane Payne Auditorium, named after the recently retired veteran principal.
Broughton broadcasts its morning announcements via a closed-circuit network, headquartered from the WCAP media studio in the library. WCAP was founded in 1992 under the supervision of then-principal Diane Payne, and was then a monthly, pre-recorded news production informing students of the events happening around Broughton. By 1993 it had evolved to become a live, daily show broadcast from the media center. The set has undergone many renovations throughout the years, and WCAP recently celebrated its fifteenth birthday on January 30, 2007. 
- John W. Coffey, author, art historian, Deputy Director for Collections at the North Carolina Museum of Art
- Junius Coston, football player for the Green Bay Packers
- Aubrey Dollar, actress and sister of Caroline
- Caroline Dollar, actress and sister of Aubrey
- Cate Edwards, child of former Sen. John Edwards
- Colin Fickes, actor
- Jason George, award-winning classical conductor, currently with the NY symphony
- Scott Hoch, professional golfer and Ryder Cup member
- Richard Jenrette, legendary Wall Street businessman and co-founder of the Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette firm
- Lauren Kennedy, Broadway actress
- Sharon Lawrence, NYPD Blue actress
- Pete Maravich, former LSU and NBA basketball player
- Burley Mitchell, former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court
- Casey Nogueira, University of North Carolina soccer forward, Member U.S. U-20 women's soccer team 
- Reynolds Price, writer and NPR radio host
- Shavlik Randolph, Duke University and Portland Trail Blazers basketball player
- Webb Simpson, PGA Tour golfer
- Phil Spence, NC State basketball player and former head coach at North Carolina Central University
- Anne Tyler, Pulitzer Prize-winning authoress
- Jesse Williams, high jumper in the U.S. Olympic team in Beijing (2008), gold medalist at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
- David Ward, named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill" by D.C. paper The Hill 
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