Topsail High School
Message from the Principal
As the principal of Topsail High School I dedicate myself to providing a safe, orderly, and consistent environment enabling all students to learn. I am excited about my return to Topsail High School and look forward to all of our students accomplishing great things this year and beyond. I have worked at several different high schools in Carteret, New Hanover, and Pender Counties. My experience as a high school administrator enables me to create systems and procedures for all students to be college and career ready. I believe in setting high expectations for all students and creating an environment for those expectations to be met. All policies and procedures are created with the student's best interest in mind. I hope to remain a Topsail Pirate for many years to come. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Parents, community, and school officials must work together in an effort to maximize student potential.
Christopher P. Madden
University of NC - Wilmington
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Topsail High School was held on December 12, 2006 at 2:00 PM and on December 30, 2008 construction was completed on the new school, located within walking distance to the former Topsail High School and Topsail Middle School. The new school opened for students on January 5, 2009, with a capacity of 1500 students. The new 224,727-square-foot (20,877.8 m2), two-story high school facility includes two gymnasiums, a theater/auditorium wing, and a separate shop building for wood, metal and automotive classes. The former Topsail High School building has been renovated and is now occupied by Topsail Middle School starting in August 2009.
The school has a population of students consisting of 90% White, 8% African American, 1% Latino, and 1% other.
Topsail High School has been used in production for The CW's TV show One Tree Hill. Many students participated as extras in early 2007 when the Topsail High School gymnasium was used for filming basketball scenes for One Tree Hill.
Cape Fear Community College
The school Electric Vehicle Class has placed first in the Nation in the past eleven years in the EV Challenge competition.
Students may enroll in college courses and gain high school and college credit simultaneously. Tuition fees are waived if courses are taken at Cape Fear Community College. Tuition fees are not waived if courses are taken at UNC-Wilmington. Dual enrollment applications with school administrative approval, completion of registration card and placement test scores are required prior to enrolling. Three to five semester hours of college credit is equal to one unit of high school credit. Students must take at least two courses at Topsail High School and may not register for classes off campus that are offered at the school unless there is a scheduling conflict.