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Welcome to McDowell High School, Home of the Titans! 

In recently released NC State School Performance Results, McDowell High School was listed in the top 6 high schools for exceeding growth expectations. Superintendent Mr. Mark Garrett stated, "One of the more impressive things a few years ago McDowell High School was way in the negative for growth, and this year almost eight points positive in growth, so that is good progress we continue to see there.” MHS received a performance grade of a B, up from previous years and our graduation rate was 87.6%. 


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Testing Week Information (June 3-6, 2019)


Beginning Friday, May 31, 2019, the modified testing schedule will go into effect. See info @:

Testing will be completed in 4 days with make-up sessions on evening of Day 4. We will also conduct make-up sessions on Day 5 (Friday, June 7).

No check outs allowed. Attendance will be taken in every class. Extra time in class can be used to make up work for the class.

Students who are finished testing at the end of the testing session on Day 4 and have no make up exams may check out after the exam time is completed at 11:23 (NCFE, CTE, Teacher Exam Time) OR 12:30 (EOC Exam Time) These will be the only check out times available. Students may not check out until they have gone through the process of turning in their Chromebook and charger to the Media Center on the day of their last EOC/NCFinal.

Athletic Physicals To Be Held May 22

Athletic Physicals to be held May 22 from 3PM-5PM @ McDowell High School
Free to all MCS students and the physicals are good for up to a year.
No more people will be allowed in after 5:00pm.
See attached paperwork to be filled out and brought with you.

Titan Students Participate in Nine High School Choral Festival


Recently, Fifteen of our Titan Chorus students took a trip to Lenoir Rhyne University for a one day choral festival. These students participated with eight other area high schools, as well as, the University's singers/instrumentalists. This was the first time most of our students had ever had an opportunity to sing with 200+ other singers!!

Join them on May 29 for their end of year concert @ 7:00PM in the MHS Chorus room! Congrats students on your accomplishment! We're #titanproud.

CTE Students Place in State SkillsUSA Competition


McDowell High School students were very successful at the Skills USA competition in Greensboro this week. Over 2,000 students were competing from NC high schools. Students had to prepare a resume, take a test, interview, and complete a project or scenario based on the event. We are #titanproud of the state winners from MHS are: (Click title to read more)

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National Honors Society Induction Ceremony
Date: 5/20/2019, 5 PM 6 PM
Location: McDowell High School, 600 McDowell High Dr, Marion, NC 28752, USA
Athletic Physicals
Date: 5/22/2019, 3 PM 5 PM
Location: McDowell High School, 600 McDowell High Dr, Marion, NC 28752, USA
Memorial Day Program
Date: 5/23/2019, 10:45 AM 11:20 AM
Location: MHS Main Gym
Spring Band Concert
Date: 5/23/2019, 7 PM 8 PM
Location: East McDowell Middle School, 676 State St, Marion, NC 28752, USA
Prom 2019
Date: 5/24/2019
No School-Holiday
Date: 5/27/2019
Chorus Concert
Date: 5/29/2019, 7 PM 8 PM
Location: MHS Chorus Room
EOY Chromebook Collection
Date: 5/31/2019
Location: MHS Innovation Arena


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