Salisbury High School

500 Lincolnton Road, Salisbury, NC 28144
(704) 636-1221

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 851 students 14 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
  • Rowan-Salisbury Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Salisbury High School is a public high school in Salisbury. The principal of Salisbury High School is Dr Avis B Williams, who can be contacted at 851 students go to Salisbury High School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 64% of the 851 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Salisbury High School is 14:1. Rowan County Early College is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 47% 19%
White, non-Hispanic 33% 64%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Asian 2% 1%
Hispanic 14% 13%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64% 63%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 years ago)

    Salisbury High is without a doubt the best school in the county one of the premier schools in the state and top schools in the country. USA Today has ranked it in the Top High Schools in the country consecutively. Athletics at Salisbury are great and the academics are great and getting better as new and better teachers come in. The school has a good mix of students and there is an excellent learning enviorment there. I feel honored to have gone to Salisbury High

  • (6 years ago)

    Both my children attended Salisbury High School and it was exceptional in many ways. Looking just at the exterior physical structure alone compared to the other county schools....which look like large industrial buildings versus a distinct school building...not to mention the interior people courses dedication...this is the school of choice for active parents who desire an academically superior environment.

  • (7 years ago)

    I thinks SHS is a great institute of learning my son is a Senior this year and the staff has been wonderful about preparing him for College. I also think that Dr. Eagle is a wonderful principal. Keep up the great work SHS.

  • (9 years ago)

    My oldest son just recently graduated from Salisbury High School. This school has received a bad rap from a lot of closed minded people. This is one of the best schools my son ever attended. They have teachers that really encourage and support your children. They show that they care. This means a lot. I hope my other two sons will get the opportunity to attend this great school. Kudos to Salisbury High School! Keep up the good work.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have one child that just graduated from Salisbury and one that will be a junior this upcoming school year. I am totally satisfied with the school and get so upset when the county school parents say that they would never send their child there. Salisbury consistently has the highest test scores every year and I think that the racial diversity of the school helps our children to learn about all cultures and not grow up with the attitude that one race is better than the other. The student body of Salisbury is one of the greatest group of kids you will ever run across. I'm proud to know so many of them.

  • (10 years ago)

    It is unfortunate that Salisbury High is considered by many closed-minded county people as 'low quality' because it is an 'inner-city' school. Its test scores are the highest in Rowan County and have been for 6 straight years. Its exceeding arts and athletic departments make SHS no doubt the greatest high school in Rowan County.

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