North Royalton High School
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North Royalton High School History and Profile


North Royalton High School had its first graduating class of two students in 1907. Soon after, it was decided that a new high school was needed and the local taxpayers voted to build a school. On September 8, 1908 the new high school, located on Royalton Road, was dedicated. The high school included a bell and bell tower to summon children to school. The bell now resides, outside of the current-day high school on Ridge Road, in a replica of the original bell tower. In 1923, bonds were issued and the high school building was added onto in order to modernize and expand the school. Over the next 30 years, the population in North Royalton grew quickly and the need for a new building became evident. In 1951, a 24-acre site was purchased on Ridge Road and a new high school building was constructed. The newly constructed school was named E. E. Root High School, in honor of E. E. Root’s service to the North Royalton School District over several decades. Multiple additions were added to the building as the enrollment grew and in November of 1974, a bond issue was passed to build a large addition to the high school. The current Media Center was added and the building was rededicated as North Royalton High School. In the late 1980’s, a performing arts center, science lab, classrooms, and offices were added to accommodate the middle school population which attended school in the same building. In 1997, a new middle school was built allowing the high school to return to a 9-12 grade building.
Today, the North Royalton High School community consists of approximately160 certified and classified staff members who meet the needs of each individual student. North Royalton High School was rated by Newsweek as one of America’s Best High Schools in 2012 and 2013, placing us in the nation’s top 1000 high schools. In May 2014. US News and World Report awarded North Royalton High School Silver status based on the College Readiness Index Value. We are also listed on the College Board's 6th Annual AP District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success which recognizes schools for increasing the student’s access to AP coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Our state report card for 2014 shows an attendance rate of 95.3% and grades of A and B on all five academic indicators.
North Royalton High School offers a rigorous course of study, requiring the following to graduate: 21 credit hours, passage of required State of Ohio assessments, and completion of a Senior Exit Portfolio and interview. Total enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year is 1,584 students. The Class of 2015 included one National Merit Finalist, two National Merit Commended Students, and one National AP Scholar. The Class of 2016 included three students with perfect ACT scores and the winner of the National Geographic Channel’s 3rd Annual Junior Breakthrough Challenge, a worldwide student competition in the sciences. North Royalton High School offers 198 courses including College Prep, Technical Arts, Advanced Placement courses, and Honors courses. Cuyahoga County Career Center provides students with a variety of career and technical education programs and College Credit Plus gives students an opportunity earn college credit while attending Cuyahoga Community College beginning in the 8th grade. Intervention services include Special Education Services, Academic Assistance, Co-teaching, RTI, ELL/ESL, and National Honor Society peer tutoring.
Our school offers a wide range of student activities including a Superior Rated high school Marching Band, Choir, Drama Club, Academic Challenge, National Honor Society, Student Government, Yearbook Club, Key Club, and the Royal News, to name a few. North Royalton High School is part of the Suburban League and offers 23 interscholastic sports as well as intramurals. NRHS has been represented at the OHSAA State Championship level by numerous athletes and teams over the past several years.
North Royalton High School is a vibrant and engaging academic environment where staff and students work together to inspire and empower learners.
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