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About Morehead

Morehead High School

134 N. Pierce Street

Eden NC 

Phone (336) 627-7731

Fax:  (336)623-5462

Instructional Hours: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Office Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 

Grades Served: 9-12

Mascot: Panther

Colors: Black, White and Red

Administrative Staff

Principal: Mr. Jason Tuggle

Assistant Principal: Mr. Landon Kimrey

Assistant Principal: Ms. LaSaundra Siddle



Directions from Greensboro

  • Take Route 29 North

  • Take the Eden/Yanceyville Exit (which is Route 14)

  • At the top of the exit ramp turn left (heading west) at stop sign

  • Stay straight on Route 14 about 13 miles on through traffic lights until in Eden city limits


Directions in Eden

  • Take Route 14 and head north (coming from Route 29)

  • Stay on Route which becomes S. Van Buren in Eden

  • Pass McDonald's Restaurant and stay straight at the stop light

  • Pass the Morehead Hospital and stay straight about 0.5 miles

  • Turn right at stop light onto East Stadium Drive

  • Go 0.3 mile down East Stadium Drive

  • Take a left at Pierce Street

  • Arrive at destination on the right











August 2023

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower students for success through rigorous and relevant instruction for future readiness and productive citizenship.


Our School's Vision

Our vision is "TEAM MHS is Climbing Toward Success."

Beliefs of John Motley Morehead High School: 

  • With the support of teachers, administrators, parents, and the community, we believe that all students can learn.

  • Students, teachers, and parents should be held accountable for student progress.

  • Challenging expectations increase individual student performance.

  • Student learning is the chief priority of the school and should be the focus of all decisions impacting the work of the school.

  • Teachers, administrators, parents, and the community should share a commitment to continuous school improvement so our students can be come confident, self-directed, life-long learners.

  • Students are valued individuals with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs who learn when given appropriate opportunities for success within a safe and physically comfortable environment.


Nuestra mision:

Nuestra mision es preparar a los estudientes para el exito por medio de la instruccion rigurosa y pertinente, para el futuro y el ciudadania productiva.


Nuestra meta: 

Nuestra meta es el equipo MHS sube hacia el exito. 

Nuestra filosofia en " John Motley Morehead High School"

  • Con el apoyo de los Educadores, directores, padres, representantes y la comunidad, creeemos que todos los estudiantes pueden aprender.

  • Los estudiantes, Educadores y los padres deberan ser responsables del Progreso academico de cada alumno (a)

  • Esperar lo mejor de cada alumno; aumenta la ejecucion academica de cada estudiante.

  • El proceso de aprendizaje de los estudiantes es la tarea primordial del Colegio y deberia ser el centro de todas las decisiones que impactan El ambito escolar.

  • Los Profesores, directores, padres, representantes y la comunidad En general deberan compartir un compromiso continuo para el mejoramiento de nuestra institución con el proposíto que nuestros estudiantes se conviertan en aprendizes autodidactas, seguros de si mismos para el resto de sus vidas.

  • Todos y cada uno de nuestros estudiantes son considerados individuos valiosos y unicos, con atributos fisicos, sociales, emocionales e intelectuales, quienes estan dispuestos a aprender cuando se les proveen Oportunidades apropriadas para el exito dentro de un ambiente seguro Y fisicamente confortable.

Historical Information

The consolidation of the communities of Leaksville, Spray and Draper, although officially sealed in 1967, actually began in 1952 with the opening of Tri-City High School to bring together the two existing high schools of the time, Leaksville High School and Draper High School. The high school continued as Tri-City High School until renamed John Motley Morehead Senior High School in1958 to honor local philanthropist and industrialist, John Motley Morehead III.  He was working with the calcium carbide after his father and Canadian Thomas Willson discovered its commercial usages. Students in grades 10-12 from the former historically black high school, Douglass High School, were integrated into Morehead High in the fall of 1966.  


Since the school's construction was completed and the doors opened to the students of the three local communities, other buildings have been added in an ever increasing desire to improve the level of instruction for the students of Eden.  These additions include a classroom building and auditorium (1960-61), Hough Library-Learning Center (1968), Newlin Gymnasium and Physical Education Center (1981) and the Cafeteria Complex and Science Building (1991). An Industrial Education Center, housed on campus from 1958 until 1966, was a countywide site for vocational training that was removed from Morehead High School and re-established at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth.


Morehead High School serves students from the Central, Douglass, Draper, Douglass, and Leakesville-Spray zone communities offering a wide range of educational, social and athletic programs that over the years have seen Morehead High School students win statewide acclaim in educational and athletic endeavors that certainly make John Motley Morehead Senior High School one of the great high schools in the state of North Carolina.

School Improvement 

Our MHS School Improvement Plan is located in Indistar.  This is a web-based tool that guides our school tool in charting our improvement and managing the continuous improvement process.  


Link to Indistar

Username: GuestS17181

Password:  GuestS17181


We want to hear from you!  If you have any comments, suggestions for improvement, or questions, please complete this FORM.  Thank you!

North Carolina School Report Card Information:  Click Here

School Performance Letter

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Who is John Motley Morehead, III?

John Motley Morehead III
1870 – 1965
Spray, NC – Rye, NY


John Motley Morehead III [November 3, 1870 – January 7, 1965]

  • Chemist, Inventor, Industrialist, Author, Philanthropist

  • University of North Carolina, Phi Beta Kappa 1891

  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate at UNC 1932


Morehead Family Name 

  • Son of James Turner Morehead [1840 – 1908] and Mary Elizabeth Lily Connally [1842 – 1917]

  • Grandson of North Carolina’s 29th Governor, John Motley Morehead [1796 - 1866] and Ann Elizabeth Lindsay [1804 -1868]

  • Nephew of John Lindsay Morehead [1833 - 1901] and Sarah Smith Phifer [1835 - 1867]

  • Cousin of U. S. Congressman John Motley Morehead II [1866 – 1923]

  • Husband of Genevieve Birkoff [1/7/1878 – 4/16/1945], married 1911

  • Husband of Leila Duckworth Houghton, [dates unavailable], married 1948


Partial List of Business and Professional Endeavors

  • Morehead III was employed at Willson Aluminum Company, Eden [then Spray], NC

    • Company founded by Thomas L. Willson and James Turner Morehead

  • Willson and Morehead’s efforts to produce aluminum failed!

    • James T. Morehead, Willson and Morehead III inadvertently discovered and then developed a new process to manufacture calcium carbide and acetylene!

  • Several companies merged to become Union Carbide & Carbon Company 1898.

    • Morehead III produced polyethylene, the company’s largest product.

    • Company name changed to Union Carbide Corporation 1957

  • Morehead III volunteered for World War I. He ranked as a U.S. Army Major.

  • He moved to Rye, NY in 1902, Mayor 1925-1930 [3 Terms]

    • City is near Union Carbide Corporation Laboratories

  • Ambassador to Sweden 1930 – 1933

  • Died in Rye, NY and buried in Rye Presbyterian Church Cemetery 1965


Outstanding Donations to University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

  • Morehead-Patterson [Rufus Lenoir Patterson] Bell Tower 1931

  • Morehead Foundation for North Carolina Scholars 1945

  • Morehead Building including Planetarium and Genevieve B. Morehead Art Gallery 1949


Outstanding Donations to John Motley Morehead High School, Eden NC

  • Tri-City High School 1952; Renamed in honor of John Motley Morehead III 1958

  • Football Field House

  • Football Stadium South Side Bleachers

  • Carillon Chimes

  • Steinway Grand Piano in Memory of his wife, Genevieve Birkoff Morehead



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