Needham B. Broughton High School

Needham B. Broughton High School
Needham B. Broughton High School
723 St. Mary's Street
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Coordinates 35°47′25″N 78°39′09″W / 35.7902°N 78.6524°W / 35.7902; -78.6524Coordinates: 35°47′25″N 78°39′09″W / 35.7902°N 78.6524°W / 35.7902; -78.6524
School type Public
Founded 1929
Principal Mr. Stephen Mares
Vice principal Mike Ludwick
Diane Lockwood
Michael Lentz
Clarissa Fleming[1]
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[2]
Information +1 919 856-7810
Degrees IB Diploma
Programs IB Programme
Broughton High School June 2007.jpg
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



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.[3] 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.[4]



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.[4][5]


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.[6] 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).[7]

Air ForceJROTC

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:

•Academic studies

•Character education

•Life skills education

•Leadership opportunities

•Team-building experiences

•Intramural competition

•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.[8]


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.[9] The 186 member band was one of fifteen bands selected to participate for the 2008 parade, and one of only six high schools.[10] 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.


Broughton's orchestra program is highly regarded and is under the direction of Mr. Greg Logan.[11] [12]

Community service

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.[12] [13]


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),[14] 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.[1][12]


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.[15] [16]

View of the front of Broughton High School

Notable alumni

In Popular Culture

The music video for the 1993 song '74 - '75 by The Connells features members of the Broughton High School Class of 1975 as they appeared in 1993 with juxtaposed images of their senior pictures.


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  2. ^ "Broughton High School - ...Approve Ye That Which Is Excellent". Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  3. ^ "The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S.Schools". Newsweek. 2005-08-05. Archived from the original on 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2007-01-14. 
  4. ^ a b Profile Doc
  5. ^ "Broughton High School - IB Information". Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  6. ^ Broughton Athletics
  7. ^ Broughton Athletics
  8. ^ Broughton High School Clubs and Organizations
  9. ^ "Broughton has roses in future". The News & Observer. 2006-12-21. Retrieved 2007-01-14. [dead link]
  10. ^ Tournament of Roses Parade Participants
  11. ^ "Broughton High School - Orchestra - Curriculum Related Clubs - Clubs". Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  12. ^ a b c "Needham Broughton High School - Raleigh, North Carolina/NC - Public School Profile". Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
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  14. ^ "Wade Edwards Learning Lab". Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  15. ^ Needham B. Broughton's WCAP Website
  16. ^ "WCAP". Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  17. ^ UNC Biography
  18. ^ [1][dead link]
  19. ^ NCCU Names Spence Men's Basketball Head Coach
  20. ^ Clarey, Christopher. "World Championships - Americans Strike Gold in Unexpected Places". New York Times. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
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