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Our Mission

 The mission of McDowell High School is to prepare all students for college and careers by providing world class opportunities through rigorous learning, experiences, and technology. As a community we will inspire students to achieve a successful future through goal setting, responsibility, organization, tolerance, and interpersonal communication.

Our Vision:

 Every student graduates with a plan for a successful future

 Our Motto:

 Pathway to World Class Opportunities and Excellence

Our Core Values:

  • Students are the reason we are here, and they possess the ability to learn.
  • Students have access to a quality education with caring adults who support, challenge and prepare them to be problem solvers and serve their community.
  • Quality relationships are key to student success and learning.
  • Students set goals for their future beyond graduation from high school.
  • Students are engaged in learning that is collaborative, relevant and rigorous; utilizing technology to learn skills needed for the future.
  • Students are offered opportunities to obtain certifications so they will be equipped with credentials that will give them an advantage and empower them in the job market.
  • Education is a shared community responsibility.

News & Announcements

Press Release (5.19.17)

We have recently been made aware of conversations making the rounds on social media regarding a "senior prank" at McDowell High School and want to set the record straight. While some students have approached school officials about hosting a "Senior Celebration" as a fun way to celebrate the end of their time at MHS, there are no plans for a "senior prank". Anyone attempting to conduct a "senior prank" will face severe repercussions from the school and possibly law enforcement. We want seniors focused on successfully completing their high school careers, celebrating their accomplishments, and looking forward to the next steps in their individual journeys. Should you have questions or concerns about this or any other item, please contact McDowell High School directly and ask to speak with an administrator.

Graduation 2017 Ticket Information

The number of #graduation2017 tickets per Senior has not yet been determined. Details are still being finalized for Graduation 2017 due to field construction that will interfere with this year's graduation. More information will be released soon.

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Events Photo
Planning Period Faculty Meeting in Media Center
Date: 5/23/2017
Location: Media Center
Student Art Exhibit Showcase
Date: 5/25/2017, 4 PM 6 PM
Location: Mc Dowell Arts Council, 50 S Main St, Marion, NC 28752, USA
End of Year Choral Concert
Date: 5/25/2017, 7 PM 8:30 PM
Location: MHS Chorus Room
Memorial Day Program (Time TBD)
Date: 5/26/2017
Location: MHS Main Gym
Memorial Day Holiday-No School for Students/Staff
Date: 5/29/2017
9th/10th Grade Academic Awards Reception
Date: 5/30/2017
3rd Period Final Performance TA2 in Auditorium - K. Wilson
Date: 5/30/2017, 12 PM 1:30 PM
11th/12th Grade Academic Awards Reception
Date: 6/1/2017


Graduation #classof2017