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GMHS Earns Level 1 Status on NFHS School Honor Roll

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is pleased to announce that Garner Magnet High School in Garner, North Carolina has earned Level 1 status in the NFHS School Honor Roll. Garner Magnet High School is the ninth school in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) in Cary, North Carolina, to earn Level 1 status in the NFHS School Honor Roll.


The newly instituted NFHS School Honor Roll is a national recognition program designed to promote professional development for high school coaches by completing specific online education courses through the NFHS Learning Center (


Garner Magnet High School is the latest WCPSS school to achieve this honor, joining Wake Forest High School, Green Hope High School, Carroll Middle School, Holly Springs High School, Green Level High School, Heritage High School, Wakefield High School and Needham Broughton High School. In earning Level 1 status, more than 90 percent of the coaches at Garner Magnet High School completed the core course “Fundamentals of Coaching” along with three of the Learning Center’s most significant courses – “Concussion in Sports,” “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” and “Protecting Students from Abuse.”


“We want to congratulate the coaches and administration at Garner Magnet High School for taking this significant step in prioritizing professional development,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS


executive director. “These four courses will definitely help the coaches at Garner Magnet High School to handle the daily challenges in high school sports and should serve as a challenge for other schools to follow their example.”


“Congratulations to Garner Magnet High School for earning NFHS Level 1 Honor Roll status,” said Deran Coe, CMAA, CIC, director of athletics for the Wake County Public Schools. “The dedication to continuous self-improvement by your coaching staff puts your school in a select group of schools that have gone above and beyond to help provide the best possible education-based athletic opportunities for your student-athletes. I greatly appreciate all that your coaches do to support the mission of Wake County Public School System athletics.”


As a physical sign of completing Level 1 certification, Garner Magnet High School will receive a large display banner for its school gymnasium to commemorate its accomplishments and dedication to professional development and education-based activity programs.


Schools can earn Level 2 status (and a Level 2 banner) on the NFHS School Honor Roll when more than 90 percent of their coaches – excluding volunteer coaches – complete courses that pertain specifically to sports they coach, along with “First Aid, Health and Safety,” “Heat Illness Prevention” and “Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.”


A Level 3 banner will be awarded for schools that reach 90-percent completion for the “Sportsmanship,” “Strength and Conditioning,” “Teaching and Modeling Behavior,” “Engaging Effectively with Parents” and “Bullying, Hazing, and Inappropriate Behaviors” courses.


“Earning the NFHS School Honor Roll banner is a symbol that the school and its coaches are committed to providing a great experience for young people, and it’s something that everyone can be proud of within their communities,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS Director of Educational Services.


For more information on the NFHS School Honor Roll and to apply for participation in the program, please visit