Havelock High gets high marks for graduation rate

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 06:39 PM.

He also said the school’s vibrant extracurricular activities, including athletics, clubs, band and chorus, offer additional support for students.

"The students have extra support from coaches, our band director, our chorus director our club advisors," he said. "They develop relationships with students, and those students develop a niche. Studies show that students involved in extracurricular activities perform better and don’t drop out. I’ve had one band student drop out in my 10-plus years here. That’s a big deal, and our coaches and teachers push those students to excel in the classroom."

Murphy said Cheryl Borton does a good job tracking students who leave due to military transfers, which also helps the percentage.

He also credited the faculty and staff.

"It’s an attitude of the whole faculty," Murphy said. "We want every student to graduate. It’s a philosophy of the teachers. Our teachers work very hard. We are aware of who is at risk and we work with them. We do everything we can to graduate our students."

But, he said, the students have to put in the work as well.

"It is a challenge. We don’t give it away," he said. "It takes work from the students, and we push to get those students through."

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