School Details

Garner High

2101 Spring Drive, Garner, NC 27529
(919) 662-2379

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2333 students 16 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English I, 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 2013
  • Wake County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Garner High is a public high school in Garner. The principal of Garner High is Mr Drew Cook and can be contacted at 2,333 students attend Garner High and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 44% of the 2,333 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Garner High is 16:1. Southeast Raleigh High 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

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 4% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 39% 49%
Black, non-Hispanic 37% 24%
Hispanic 18% 15%
Asian 1% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 35%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    I am a student at garner high I truly love this school. it is just like any other school everyone is different and have there own group. The teachers are amazing and want you to pass I recommend this school to everyone thanks garner for being a great school

  • (1 year ago)

    Simply the best! Having had 3 children graduate from GMHS over the past 7 years I cannot express how far this school has come. Tremendous growth in academic achievement award-winning principal superb fine arts and athletics programs and a supportive community. No wonder they have been recognized in 2012 and 2013 as a Bronze Medal winner by US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT'S rankings of the nation's top high schools. Go Trojans!

  • (1 year ago)

    Student I don't like this school and thank god I already move and graduate You guys are overrated with the dress code you live in the state that's always humid and HOT!!! we can even wear tank tops because if the girls show off there armpits too much it will cause a HUGE distraction to the classmates Some of the teachers I had were either lazy or didn't care if a student was being bully or having problems. Y'all need to hire new teachers who CAN teach and care for there students

  • (1 year ago)

    Garner stinks I can't wait to get out of this place. It is so overcrowded when will WCPS system build a new high school in Garner. We are packed into classes like sardines.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son was a mid-year graduate from Garner Magnet High School. In other words he graduated in January 2011. He had perfect attendance as well. His transcript confirms this fact. However he was not invited to attend the annual awards recognition ceremony. The reason the principal said he'd been absent 1 day in 8th grade - in IL!! This rendered him ineligible to acknowledgement of perfect attendance in high school. This is not a Wake County Public School policy. It is a site-specific policy. The decision to acknowledge such an accomplishment as this is the principal's and only the principal's at each individual school. This decision was WRONG and most disrespectful!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Two of my kids went to this school one graduated a few years ago then we moved (thank goodness). This school was very segregated Students are either "ghetto-fabulous" and "gangsta " "gothic" or "redneck." As a mother of multiracial children I was SO disgusted with the administration for allowing slouchy pants kids smoking marijuana across the street before school starts (off school grounds but still c'mon now!). Let's not talk about lack of supervision My kid cut school for two days in a row and I found out about it from a PARENT NOT the school (never even got a call from them!). A few great teachers very overworked (if they're still there)....just a big "ghetto" school (and i don't use that term lightly since my children are half black....)

  • (4 years ago)

    This is an excellent school if enrolled in the advanced courses or enrolled in the Middle Year Program/International Bacalaurete Program. The teaching staff and administrative staff are excellent very happy with our decision to enroll our son in this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have a new principal who is doing a fine job. But one of the things parents wanted out of our new principal was particiapation and support at our athletic events. I have seen him at football games but never at a soccer game. We have one home game left and it is senior night. I would like to see him support the team even though we haven't had a winning season this year. I am wondering if he has attended any other events to support his students? These student-athletes work hard and it would be nice if it would be recognized by the administration.

  • (5 years ago)

    Both of my daughters attend Garner Magnet High School. It is fast becoming a school that cares about education and the arts through parent involvement and the recent International Baccalaureate status. It was one of the lowest scoring schools in Wake County and is climbing upward to becoming one of the best. Drew Cook is the new Principal and he has contributing tremendously to the efforts of improving this schools reputation and educational standards.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at Garner Senior High School and I can say that it is a good school to attend because the other students there don't mess with you unless you mess with them. ( I never mess with anyone ) Of course students there will occasionally talk trash or bad mouth others but other than that everything is great. Most parents come to the school complaining about students bullying them or picking on them but that is because their child has started it but they never tell their parent they did. Overall the school is fairly clean fair teachers and nice students.

  • (6 years ago)

    What a wonderful school! Well above average education experience. After much bad press a few years ago I almost opted out of this school...boy am I glad I didn't. This school's staff is amazing the classes and programs offered are top notch and the students are above average best of all my son loves everything about his High School.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am fortunate my students dress appropriately and don't skip school but love GMHS its staff and its principal.

  • (7 years ago)

    Garner Magnet High School is going through some major changes - for the better! The new prinicpal is caring and approachable as are all of the administrators. Teachers work hard care about their students and have high expectations of all students. Some parents are very involved; more parents need to be!

  • (7 years ago)

    Ditto to responsive administration excellent teachers & challenging academics. Parental involvement is better at GMHS than some Middle Schools I'm aware of. The PTA & Trojan Club are very active for the benefit of the students staff and parents.

  • (7 years ago)

    Garner Magnet High School has a new principal who is involved with the students and their activities and is focused on the success of our children. He is approachable and present to the students as well as the parents. We have been very pleased with the quality of staff and leadership and are proud to be part of the Trojan family. My children have been prepared for college and enjoy continued involvement in the Garner community.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is often underrated mainly by people who do not have children that go there. We have found the teachers to be excellent the administration responsive to problems and the academics challenging for our son. We are so glad we chose Garner and look forward to having another child there next year.

  • (8 years ago)

    Garner High School provides a well-balanced educations based on academics extra-ciricular activities and a sound culture. It has an excellent staff of teachers that care about giving students a well-rounded education. The facilities are better than average and the student involvement in all aspects of high school are apparent.

  • (9 years ago)

    Garner Magnet High School is a much better school than it'd given credit for being. The administration faculty and students work diligently to create an atmosphere of equality and education. Garner has one of the highest number of teachers who are Nationally Board certified which is the highest recognition for educators in the field. Garner has tremendous athletic artistic and extracurriculum programs as well. It is unfair for people to make generalizations concerning the school because of personal agendas. Garner does a fine job in preparing students for the challenges of the world and creates an environment worthy of praise and accolades.

  • (9 years ago)

    Groups of some students harass intimidate and bully anyone that will not fight back. Teachers act as if they are afraid to dicipline these 'students'. The administration turns a blind eye toward this kind of behavior. In an effort to be seen as having 'zero tolerance' (their new buzz word) for disruptive behavior the administration comes down hard on the good kids for minor infractions. The students that try to be successful get slammed from both sides. This is truly the way things are at Garner Senior High.

  • (10 years ago)

    Garner High provided a great education for me. The education & extra-curricular activities I was able to be involved with allowed me to win a Morehead Scholorship to UNC Chapel Hill. Now in my 3rd year of college I feel more than prepared in my classes. The teachers are experts in their fields and the administration provides excellent leadership. Although Garner is growing by leaps and bounds the community atmosphere is still very present. Parents are quick to help however they can. This is especially obvious during homecoming activites and sporting events.

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