Watauga High

300 Go Pioneers Drive, Boone, NC 28607
(828) 264-2407

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1408 students 13 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2013-2014 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Mathematics, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Watauga County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Watauga High is a public high school in Blowing Rock. The principal of Watauga High is Mr Marshall Gasperson and can be contacted at gaspersonm@watauga.k1.nc.us. 1,408 students attend Watauga High and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 28% of the 1,408 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Watauga High is 13:1. Grandfather Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 90% 88%
Hispanic 5% 7%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 1.0% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.0% 1%
Asian 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.07% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.02%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.07%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 41%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I loved my time at Watauga High School. Enjoy it there while you can kids! The real world is so much harder than high school ever could be.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a current student at the high school. I think that Watauga High is a great school to be a part of. All complaints that are said can't be more than any other high school. Kids/students complain about school and learning in general. All of my teachers have taken multiple steps to help me learn whether I go before or after school. At Watauga High School the teachers will help you succeed as long as the student is wiling to go the extra mile as well.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school administration doesn't care about special needs children and don't want the hassle. They are not looking out for their student's best interest. They have and will lie to get rid of students that they don't want to deal with. There is no compassion or passion for our children here. They would rather throw a child away than no what is right and fair. Children shouldn't be punished for their disability! What a pathetic excuse for a school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a part of the last graduating class at Watauga High this year and I'll admit I have had quite a number of complaints over the years. At the same time those complaints have a brightside where this includes both impacting and careless teachers bias and non-bias administration we have had a fair share of mediocre and excellent coaches in all of the athletic departments plenty of club opportunites who is to say someone can't just walk in the side door? but it is a safe school. One major effort I have seen this year would be the way the teachers and administration have handled the budget situation among the students. I really feel that my education hasn't been hindered in anyway when other students in other schools may very well have and I want to commend them for that and I am very proud to be a pioneer.

  • (6 years ago)

    I find it very humorous in the fact that all the parents acclaim that Watauga is awful yet the students are in love with it. I for one find that Watauga is the best thing that a high school student could ask for. With a loving faculty a supportive student body and overall a school promoting eduaction and character development its GREAT! Watauga focuses on the 3 A's Academics Athletics and the Arts. All of the 3 A's are promoted at Watauga from having successful student athletes who keep up their grades and morals on and off the field to a strong theatre/choral/art department to a variety of academics classes ranging from AP - Pioneer Academy (A class started to help students who are struggling with school and on the verge of drop out) I am Proud to be a Pioneer

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a former student and I have to say that this school is awesome! I graduated with a 4.0 grade average and I was still one of the kids that was mislead. They are making improvements like building a new high school so that the hallways are less crowded when classes are let out and they also have a great staff I don't care what anyone thinks. They have special needs classes and they have a group for kids who will not do any homework This is Pioneer Academy. These members of the staff have the worst of the worst kids enrolled and I have to admit they do a very fine job. They care about the students because they do not want the kids to drop out. This group was formed in 2000 I believe. The arts department also has great instructors also. I love this school!

  • (7 years ago)

    Watauga High is the best school in North Carolina. The teachers are great the students are nice and smart. more that 75% of the people there have a grade point avererage og 4.0

  • (7 years ago)

    I attended Watauga High and I can honestly say it was a great experience. The teachers coaches administration even the custodians all cared about each student and took the time to meet us and know us. Teachers went above and beyond preparing us not only for the tests required but for how the materials would affect us in the future college work force etc. You complain about safety but I never felt unsafe at Watauga not one day in 4 years. You complain about outdated facilities but they are building a whole new high school right now. And one last thing GO PIONEERS!!

  • (8 years ago)

    This school lacks leadership. There strong drug activity at Watauga where the school administration pretends not see it. The students lack respect for the teachers therefore the teachers scream back at them during class. Students come and go at luch (seniors). This is a true example of why' No Child Left Behind' was put in place unfortunately every child at Watauga has been left.

  • (8 years ago)

    Athletic needs are met but the educational needs of the kids are lacking. Kids are graduating without knowing how to complete a basic math problem or write a simple sentence with proper grammar. Test scores do not show what really happens at the school. When you are checking these averages think of the Charlotte schools where there are more kids dropping out than graduating and see how they still show high test scores. Obviously these stats are skewed to make you believe this is a great school when it definitely is not.

  • (9 years ago)

    My child is attending Watauga High School and I am thrilled with the education that my daughter is given. The teachers go over and above the call of duty especially with the nontraditional child needing smaller learning communities the administration take is supporetive but the students are the real jems. They have the best understanding of supporting their classmates that I have ever seen. The biggest negative to this school is the outdated facilitys. The classrooms are regulary over 95 degrees at the begining of school and students must wear gloves and heavy coats in class in the winter. The electric fuses blow out regulary due to the antiquated electrical system. Finally the school has 88 outside doors that can not be monitored too many to be able to lock down in crisis. Given all this information you should all be thrilled to have the opportunity for your children to attend WHS.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school could be much better. Too many good kids are being forced out by lack of the teachers knowing their students.

  • (9 years ago)

    Good kids are dropping out of this school with more regularity than I think is normal for ANY school. By 'good kids' I am referring to kids that are not into drugs are not permiscuous have not succumb to peer pressures etc. They simply need a little extra help with their scholastics. This is the biggest area that WHS is lacking...we need good teachers and extra help for students who are not born scholars. These 'regular' students are being left behind due to non-support in this school. We owe it to our children to educate them.

  • (10 years ago)

    The music department is great. However other subjects such as language social sciences are mediocre. Math department is a huge disappointment. Administration is highly hypocritical for example in enforcement of tobacco policy.

  • (10 years ago)

    I attended Watauga High all four years and graduated in 2002 but have visited many other high schools. I am exremely proud of Watauga and the experience I had there. I was not the most popular student nor the smartest (right in the middle). The thing that makes Watauga great is that it IS a safe environment and the teachers there are fantastic and really care and the student body is not cliquish comparatively speaking. Parents can give all the reviews they want about the safety and what-not but I attended there every day for four years and wouldn't have gone to another school if given the choice.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a good school but it needs some major improvment they mainly focus on the honer students they need more help for struggling students

  • (12 years ago)

    Watauga has a lot of caring teachers who encourage students to excel. It is a little crowded with top enrollment this year 2003-2004. There is a need to promote a cleaner environment.

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