James Kenan High

1241 Nc 24 & 50, Warsaw, NC 28398
(910) 293-4218

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 621 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
  • Duplin County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

James Kenan High is a public high school in Kenansville. The principal of James Kenan High is Mr Michael Holton, whose e-mail is mholton@duplinschools.net. 621 students go to James Kenan High and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 72% of the 621 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at James Kenan High is 13:1. Duplin Early College High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 44% 25%
Hispanic 37% 37%
White, non-Hispanic 19% 36%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.2% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.03%
Multiracial 0.2% 1%
Asian 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72% 76%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I hate it. Some teachers dont explain or interact with us. And they wonder why we failing. Some teachers out there only teach for the pay. There is only about 4 good teacher out there that really want to help the students. They get new teachers out of college who dont know anything at all

  • (7 years ago)

    of the school and the students that are in it. the parents never show interest in bieng at any school functions. even thought they say that the school should be better and that it should be more successful how in the world do you expect jkhs to better itself when it has no supporters no motivation? also the principals here are bending over backwards to make the students do right by the stupid handbook rules and regulations. they try thier hardest to make things go as smoothly as possible. booker ballard and pittman do a wonderful job on disciplining student's and trying to give the school some faith to hold on to but what they don't seem to realize is that at the beginging of this year we were all trying so hard and yet we got no thanks and so we went back the way that we were. it's so obvious why.

  • (7 years ago)

    As an educator in Duplin County I know first hand that the teachers in the James Kenan district do not get the recognition that they deserve! Walk the halls and you'll see quality teachers who truly care for their students. It's disheartening when school first begins in August and we have our county-wide 'celebration' at Kenan Auditorium and most others schools in the county are recognized for meeting or exceeding their goals and the James Kenan district teachers are once again passed over because the scores aren't up to par. Teacher moral suffers.Teachers and students can not do it all by themselves! I see our biggest problem as parental support. Come on parents step up! Get involved with your childs education! Schedule a conference with your child's teachers talk to him/her. Ask what you can do to help your child. Volunteer!!! Support your childs school!!!!!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    James Kenan won the state 1AA football championship for 2007! Just get the academics up with the football and you will be great. School spirit helps the students so hopefully this will help them. Few high schools have the privilege of a state football title. They must be doing something right.

  • (10 years ago)

    I just graduated from James Kenan with the class of '05. Yes James Kenan does have its downside but all schools do. I feel that Mrs. Jernigan (current principal) has done all that she could (with the little money that is available) to make James Kenan the best school in the county and one of the best in the state. If anyone is to blame it is the parents. Don't get me wrong they are great but they need to get involved in the activities. Go to a band competition every now then. Watch a Chorus concert. Don't just go to the basketball and football games. Try supporting students more and I guarantee that James Kenan will give the top schools in the state a run for their money (even though we have none).

  • (10 years ago)

    James Kenan High School is a good school but the leadership does not know how to deal with the creed of people which attend the school. The JKHS attendence is mostly blacks and hispanics. There are a lot of good things about JKHS but leadership is not one of them. A lot of discrimination takes place at this school and not all children are created equal..

  • (10 years ago)

    I know that JKH is a good school because myself and 7 more of my siblings graduated from there. They get a bad wrap public. But it's only what you make of it. I have three children of my own that graduated with honors and went on to further their education.

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