Northwest Guilford High School is a public high school in Guilford County, North Carolina. It currently has an enrollment of 1,947 students in grades 9 through 12.
The school was ranked by Newsweek‘s Best High Schools in America as 261st among American high schools. The school also received an award from Siemens for its strength in Science and Math AP education, and was listed by High Schools That Work as one of the top 36 high schools in the United States.
Northwest has three dances during the school year: the Homecoming dance the Saturday night after the Homecoming football game on Friday, a TWIRP dance in the spring, and the Junior/Senior Prom.
Due to an increase in population in the area, several additions occurred at Northwest during the early 2000s, including the adaptation of a two-story educational building completed in 2002, a second gym completed in 2003, and a cultural arts wing. Northwest now has the “Old Gym” and the “New Gym;” as well as two main buildings, the “Old Building” and the “New Building.”
The original main building at the school, the “Old Building,” serves primarily as the English, CTE, and Environmental Science building, and the Educational Building, or “New Building,” serves primarily as the Mathematics, Foreign Language, Biology, and Physical Science building.
The Vocational Building houses classes such as Drafting, Technology, and Graphic Design, and trailers serve mostly as the Social Studies classrooms. The Vocational Building used to be the home of the school’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC), until the program was decommissioned in the Spring of 2004.
A new field house, football field bleachers and track were opened to Northwest students in the fall of 2012. R. L. Billings Stadium now has a capacity of 5,000.
Northwest has a large selection of Advanced Placement courses, including US History, Environmental Science, Calculus AB & BC, Physics, Statistics, World History, European History, Human Geography, Government, Psychology, Art 2D, Art 3D, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Latin, English Language & Composition, German Language and Composition, and English Literature. The school also has Honors and College Prep courses.
Northwest’s school paper modified its name in 2007, from The Northwest Express to Northwest Horizons.