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About McMichael

Dalton L. McMichael High School is a public school in the Rockingham County Schools district.  Students live in the towns of Madison, Mayodan, and Stoneville and the surrounding rural areas in the western section of the county. Major employers in the area include Bridgestone Aircraft Tires, Frontier Spinning, Lowes, McMichael Mills, Remington Arms, Sturm Ruger, Unifi, Walmart and other retail and service providers.  Because we are centrally located between Greensboro and Winston-Salem, NC and Martinsville, VA, many parents also commute to work in those cities.

McMichael High School

6845 NC Highway 135

Mayodan, NC 27027


Phone (336) 427-5165

Fax (336) 445-1904

Instructional Hours: 8:15 am - 3:25 pm

Office Hours: 7:15 am - 4:30 pm 

Grades Served: 9-12

Mascot: Phoenix

Colors: Royal Blue and Vegas Gold

The font name for the McMichael "M" is Bold Wire.

Fighting Phoenix Mascot

Our school's mascot was selected by the students at Madison-Mayodan High School and Stoneville High School.  The merger of the athletic programs of these schools was accomplished in 1989, two years prior to the move into our new school facilities at Dalton L. McMichael High School.


The Phoenix is a large bird that is regarded as a mythological symbol of immortality and reincarnation.  In selecting this as the mascot for Dalton L. McMichael High School, it was suggested that the Phoenix should represent the reincarnation of the former Madison-Mayodan Falcon mascot and the Stoneville Eagle mascot.

Administrative Staff

Principal: Mr. Cecil Kemp

Assistant Principal: Casey Elrod

Assistant Principal: David Edrington

Data Manager: Ms. Della Smith      


School Codes:

State Department of Public Instruction: 790-314

College Board:  342450



From Greensboro:

  • Hwy US-220 North

  • Take NC 135 (Mayodan/Eden) exit

  • At the top of the exit ramp (stoplight) turn left

  • Go over the overpass, turn right at the second stoplight

  • This turn places you at the entrance of the school


From Martinsville:

  • Hwy US-220 South

  • Take NC 135 (Mayodan/Eden) exit

  • At the top of the exit ramp, turn right

  • Turn right at the second stoplight

  • This turn places you at the entrance of the school


From Winston Salem:

  • I-40 BUS East

  • Exit I-40-BUS, US-158, US-421 via ramp at sign reading "Exit 8 US-158 to Walkertown/Reidsville"

  • Continue on US-158 for approximately 15 miles

  • At stoplight in Stokesdale, stay straight going onto NC-65 and go about 1.7 miles

  • Turn left onto NC-68 for about 2.7 miles

  • Merge onto Hwy US-220 North

  • Take NC 135 (Mayodan/Eden) exit

  • At the top of the exit ramp (stoplight) turn left

  • Go over the overpass, turn right at the second stoplight

  • This turn places you at the entrance of the school

Our Mission

Our mission is to be a student-centered school that meets the academic, emotional, and social needs of all learners while preparing them to be productive citizens who enter college or the workforce with 21st Century skills.


To lead us toward our mission, our school community shares the following beliefs:

  1. Students are our future; therefore, we must prepare them for the transition from school to work.

  2. The faculty and support personnel of Dalton L. McMichael High School, along with the families of our students and the community at large, share in the responsibility of fostering and enhancing the traits of respect, caring, trustworthiness, fairness, citizenship, and self-sufficiency.

  3. Cultural diversity is a desired element of the educational environment.

  4. Students will be prepared, responsible citizens as a result of having a broad-based education.

  5. Educators should provide a safe and caring learning environment where creativity is rewarded and encouraged.

  6. Staff development is essential for the professional development of our faculty.

  7. Educators should recognize varying learning styles and abilities and strive to meet these individual needs. As a result, all students will experience academic progress each school year.


School Vision:The staff at Dalton L. McMichael High School will make the school environment relevant to the real world and future employment opportunities that exist within the school, and continuously promote lifelong learning.

Historical Information

What is Unique?

Dalton L. McMichael High School opened in August of 1991 to serve students from the former Madison-Mayodan High School and Stoneville High School.  The school was named to honor Mr. McMichael, a local industrial leader whose interest and support for public education was instrumental in the planning and construction of the school.

About Our Namesake:

Ranked among the top 50 most influential textile executives in the 20th Century by Textile World Magazine, Dalton L. McMichael (March 10, 1914 - July 27, 2001), started four different textile firms in Western Rockingham County during his 60 years in the industry. In 1998, McMichael received Textile World's Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering work in the textured yarn business, and in 2001 he was inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame.


     Mr. McMichael served as Chairman of the Madison City Schools Board of Education for sixteen years.  He also provided financial support for many universities, colleges, schools, and healthcare organizations, including Morehead Memorial Hospital (Eden, NC) and its John Smith, Jr./Dalton McMichael Cancer Center, UNC School of Dentistry, UNC Chapel Hill, Elon College, Salem Academy & College, Davidson College and many more.


CommunicationsSolutions/ISI. Dalton Larkin McMichael. 2003. 08/20/08


School Improvement Plan



The General Assembly has finalized the budget and the Governor has signed it into law.  As a part of the budget bill, the General Assembly has made some changes to the definition of a “Low Performing School” and has given some specific guidance and direction to these schools and districts.  As defined in G.S. 115C-105.37: “The State Board of Education shall design and implement a procedure to identify low-performing schools on an annual basis. Low-performing schools are those that receive a school performance grade of D or F and a school growth score of "met expected growth" or "not met expected growth" as defined by G.S. 115C-83.15.”


The School Performance Grades are based on student achievement (80%) and growth (20%). The indicators and the proficiency standard or benchmark used for achievement include:

  1. Annual EOC assessments in Math I, Biology, and English II (Level 3 and above)

  2. The percentage of graduates who complete Math III, Algebra II, or Integrated Math III with a passing grade

  3. The percentage of grade 11 students who achieve the minimum score required for admission into a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina on The ACT (composite score of 17)

  4. The percentage of graduates identified as Career and Technical Education concentrators who meet the Silver Certificate or higher on the ACT WorkKeys assessment

  5. The percentage of students who graduate within four years of entering high school (Standard [4-Year] Cohort Graduation Rate)


Morehead High School received a school performance grade of D and a school growth status of “not met expected growth” and as low performing schools, are required to develop an improvement plan that specifically addresses how the school will improve both the school performance grade and school growth score.  

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Our Accomplishments

McMichael CTE/STEM 

Congratulations to the McMichael High CTE/STEM Teacher Shannon Terrell for leading her students from the DMHS STEM program in the Madison Bus Shelter Design Contest. Presenting the Certificate of Recognition was Madison Mayor, Mr. David Myers.


Vex Robotics Competition


NC TSA Vex Robotics Champions


NC Vex Robotics Competition (VRC) State Champions


Governor’s School

Two McMichael students were selected to attend the 2013 session of the Governor’s School of North Carolina.  Dallas Barnett was selected to study Natural Science and John Etringer will study Mathematics. Governor’s School is a summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.

The Governor’s School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas, is located on two campuses of approximately 275 students each: Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh.

Academic Challenge Team

Academic Challenge Team is an extra-curricular activity that provides an arena for the application of knowledge.  Its aim is to promote academic excellence and integrity through friendly competition and mutual respect. Tri-City Automotive is the corporate sponsor for this competition and its associated scholarship program.  The McMichael ACC team practices weekly to review current events and prepare for matches. The 2013-2014 matches are scheduled in March of 2014. All students are welcome to join the Phoenix team!


The McMichael 2013 Academic Challenge Team captured the county championship for the season.  McMichael tied with Rockingham for rounds won, so the championship was awarded based on accumulated points.  McMichael also won division honors with the highest points for the individual rounds in math and science. Team members included:  Aesha Ahmed, Imran Ahmed, Dallas Barnett, John Etringer, Benito Gonzales, Heaven Griffin, Tyler Haney, Carrie Isley, Hannah Isley, Daniel Jeffries, Joseph Johnson, Melissa Kelly, Matthew Lacayo, Shaniqua Michaux, Laura Rodriguez, Brittany Rouse, Hailey Rutledge, Antonio Sanchez, Chase Schultz, Emily Treadway, Peter Triggiani, Thomas Triggiani, Guadalupe Trejo, Manuel Valdez, Anna Waddell, and Carrie Wilson.



Our Phoenix Academic Challenge Team won the 2011 County Championship in close competition with Rockingham County High School.  Members of the 2010-11 championship team were: Chris Bottoms, Savannah Brown, Frankie Chaney, Emily Drake, Ben Etringer, John Etringer, Macy Ferguson, Alyssa Hamilton, Tyler Haney, Carrie Isley, Tara Jeffries, Mary Alice McMillan, Joey Nelson, Marla O'Neal, Rebecca Robertson, Tommy Robertson, Laura Rodriguez, Brittany Rouse,  Chase Schultz, Chance Smith, Jeremy Stevens, Lacey Stevens, Guadalupe Trejo, Peter Triggiani, Anna Waddell, and Katie Willard.



The 2010 McMichael Academic Challenge Team took first for the year in competition against the other high schools in Rockingham County.  McMichael won the competition both in total rounds won and total points. Congratulations to the students who participated in the six matches for the year:   Seth Atkins, Kristen Baucom, Chris Bottoms, Garrett Bowman, Savannah Brown, Maggie Carpenter, Frankie Chaney, Emily Drake, Ben Etringer, Macy Ferguson. Alyssa Hamilton, Tyler Haney, Brandy House, Carie Isley, Nadine Jansen, Tara Jeffries, Mary Alice McMillan, Joey Nelson, Laura Rodriguez, Rebecca Robertson, Jeremy Stevens, Lacey Stevens, Peter Triggiani and Katie Willard.


Previous ACC Championships:  1999, 2003, 2006

Bridge Team

The 2012-13 Honors Physics Class Bridge Team took 2nd place in the regional North Carolina Department of Transportation Bridge Building Competition.


Electric Vehicle Team

The EV team works during class and after school to update and improve electric vehicles in preparation for competition in the North Carolina Center for Automotive Research’s annual EV Challenge.  Visit our website at to learn more about our projects! 



This school year, the EV Team focused their efforts on revising their 1992 Ford Mustang’s propulsion and fuel systems.  This vehicle utilizes two 9 inch diameter DC motors combined with 156+ volts from Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries. The new setup is lighter and more powerful.  This allowed the team to complete the EV Challenge winning Third Place overall and First Place in the autocross event.



McMichael’s Electric Vehicle, the “Electric Fox,” is a calypso green 1993 Ford Mustang.  It won first place in its class at the 2012 EV Challenge. During this school year, the car was also featured in two magazines:  5.0 Mustang Magazine and Super Ford Magazine.  The “Electric Fox”


At the 2011 EV Challenge, McMichael’s team received second place in these events:  electrical troubleshooting, vehicle design, vehicle autocross, and vehicle range. The team also entered competitions for oral presentation and school initiative.  The students on the electric vehicle team 2010-2011 were: Hunter Foulks, Clinton Blankenship, Quinton Dickerson, Tyler Haney, Chase Irby, Spencer Griffin, Eli Strickland, Jesse Gilbert, Graham Beasley, and Dylan Richardson.


Technology Student Association

Summer Experience

This summer, McMichael Technology student, Kenzie McCollum participated in a special research project called Perseus II:  Student Underwater Vehicle Project at the Joint School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in Greensboro. The program was offered through the NC A & T State University.  The objective of Perseus II is to explore how an undergraduate student team will design and assemble an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV), Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), or Unmanned Service Vessel (USV) in a relatively short period of time.  Vehicles must be capable of searching for, locating, and collecting information on objects that are potentially unexploded ordinance (UXO).


National Technology Student Association Conference:

Benito Gonzalez and Tristian Glenn, along with sponsor/teacher Matt Hill, participated in the National TSA Conference in Orlando, FL this summer.  Benito competed in 3D CAD Engineering. The competition was a 7 hour process that included creating the 3D drawing then being interviewed.  Both Benito and Tristian competed in the Architectural Renovation event. Using their project from the state competition, they made modifications and improvements to enter it into national competition.  While they did not advance in the competitive rounds at the national conference, they represented McMichael well and they enjoyed the opportunity to learn from their experiences at the national level.

NC Technology Student Association State Conference:

Benito Gonzalez finished 2nd in the state in 3D, CAD Engineering.  In his first year in the program, Benito competed against students who have had up to 2 years of prior experience.  For the competition, Benito had to design a chair, drawing all the chair parts and assembling the parts with screws – virtually, of course!


The Architecture Renovation Team – Tristian Glenn, Landon Adams, Ben Lawrence, and Benito Gonzalez, finished 3rd in the state.  The event consisted of taking an existing house plan and redesigning it to specific modifications using architectural software.  Then they built a model of the house using foam board. The final phase was an interview describing their interpretation of the renovation.


McMichael Artists Gain National Recognition

The art work of nine McMichael students will be published in Celebrating Art, the product of the Celebrating Art National Contest.  Only 25% of the students entering work from across the nation were selection for publication.  Congratulations to Melissa Kelley, Kelly Patterson, Brittany Rouse, Adyanne Parker, Abby Everhart, Miguel Medina, Alex Payne, Courtney Pike, and Hannah Tulloch.  The annual volume showcases the works of students in grades K-12 representing schools across the country.



Air Force Junior ROTC Shooting Team

This section is currently being updated to include our national championship team data!  Two McMichael students are participating at the Junior Olympic competition in Colorado the week of August 8, 2013.  We wish them well in competition and travel!


Science Fair Success!

2013 State Science Fair Participants

         Daniel Jeffries and Alex payne


2011 District Science Fair winners:

Lauren Dacal – Biological Science – 2nd Place

Gary Hopper – Biological Science – 1st Place

Emily Drake – Earth Science – 1st Place

Joey Nelson – Physical Science – 1st Place

Kristina McCarty – Physical Science – 3rd Place

Lacey Stevens and Chelsea Roberson – Applied Science/Technology - 1st Place

Jeremy Stevens – Applied Science/Technology - 3rd Place


2011 Regional Science Fair winners:

Joey Nelson - Physical Science - 2nd Place

Emily Drake - Earth/Environmental Science - 3rd Place




McMichael High School consistently produces quality publications to record and reflect on life at McMichael High School.  The NC Scholastic Media Association (NCSMA) Summer Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill presented the following awards in recognition of the success of our journalism teachers and students:

2012-2013 The Phoenix Flame NCSMA Yearbook Awards

  • Title of Distinction

  • Honorable Mention Photography

  • Individual Award to Ashley for Sports Photography


2012-2013 The Phoenix Scope NCSMA Newspaper Awards

  • Title of Distinction

  • Third Place for Sports

  • Third Place for News

  • Individual Awards: First place for News (Brittany); Individual Third place for News (Anna); Individual Honorable Mention for Features (Candace and Ellie Jo); Individual Third place for Photography (Anna); Individual First place for Editorial Cartoon (Austin); Individual for Opinion Column (Emily)


2011-2012 The Phoenix Scope NCSMA Newspaper Awards

  • Title of Distinction

  • First Place for News

  • First Place for Features

  • Second Place for Editorials

  • Second Place for Sports

  • Third Place for Advertising

  • Third Place for Graphics

  • Honorable Mention for Design

  • Three individual student awards for outstanding work


Note:  This was the first year that the newspaper staff was unable to have a class period to produce the paper during second semester.  These awards are particularly impressive because the work was done on a volunteer basis outside school hours!


2011-2012 The Phoenix Flame Yearbook Awards:

  • Jostens "Look Book" Award -- The Flame received a first place award in coverage consistency and was published in the Jostens National "Look Book"

  • The Flame was not entered in the NCSMA competition for 2011-2012.


2008-09 The Phoenix Scope NCSMA Newspaper Awards

  • Title of Distinction

  • Second Place for Advertising

  • Second Place for News

  • Third Place for Design

  • Third Place for Editorials

  • Honorable Mention for Features

  • Three individual student awards for outstanding work


2008-09 The Phoenix Flame NCSMA Yearbook Awards

  • All-North Carolina Rank – highest ranking

  • First Place for Advertising

  • Second Place for Theme and Cover Design

  • Third Place for Photography, Coverage and Layout

  • Honorable Mention for Copy


2007-08 The Phoenix Scope NCSMA Newspaper Awards

  • Title of Distinction

  • First Place award for Design

  • Second Place award for Features, Editorial, and Photography

  • Third Place award for Sports

  • Honorable Mention in News and Graphics

  • Six individual student awards for outstanding work


 2007-08 The Phoenix Flame Yearbook Awards

  • Title of Distinction

  • First Place award for Advertising

  • Third Place award for cover

  • Three individual student awards for outstanding work


McMichael Chorus Achievements


Thirty McMichael choral students represented Rockingham County Schools at the National School Board Conference in San Diego, CA in April of 2013.  The group was selected to perform for the association based on auditions. More than 5000 people were in attendance at their conference performance and the group received a standing ovation!  The performance and travel experiences provided each person with a lifetime of memories! 

American Choral Directors Association National Honor Choir –Cory Lockhart

NC High School All-State Chorus – Emily Frye, Raequan Lowe, Mattie Wingfield, Cory Lockhart, Garrett Wilson, Mariana Rodriguez

NC High School Honors Chorus – Carrie Isley, Emily Frye, Garrett Wilson

NC High School Solo Festival performance adjudication – Emily Frye, Jada     Yokeley, Mattie Wingfield, Garrett Wilson each received the highest    possible score of Superior.

NC ACDA Male Vocal Arts Symposium – Jacob Stith, RaeQuan Lowe, Cory Lockhart, Jake Alley, Garrett Wilson

UNC Greensboro Vocal Arts Day – 10 McMichael students were selected for    participation.

Rockingham County Schools All County Chorus – 38 students represented McMichae at the event

Male Vocal Arts Symposium – Jacob Stith, RaeQuan Lowe, Cory Lockhart, Jake Alley, Garrett Wilson


ACDA Southern Division Honor Choir – Emily Frye

NC High School Honors Chorus – Jocelyn Wade

NC High School All-State Chorus  - Frankie Chaney, Raequan Lowe, Carrie

         Isley, Katie Atkins, Emily Frye, Laura Rodriguez, Morgan Joyce, Jocelyn    Wade, Mariana Rodriguez

RCS All County Chorus – 36 students were selected from McMichael

Choral groups received ratings of Superior and Excellent at NC High School   Choral Festival


NC High School Honors Chorus – Mary Alice McMillan

NC High School All-State Chorus - Mary Alice McMillan, Frankie Chaney, Katie Richardson, Chelsea Bullins, Raekia Lowe, Morgan Joyce, Emily Frye,    and Haley Hobbs

RCS All County Chorus – 39 students were selected from McMichael

Choral groups received ratings of Superior at NC HS Choral Festival


NC High School Solo Adjudication Festival - Mary Alice McMillan, Raekia Lowe, Morgan Daniels and Morgan Joyce each received the highest possible score of Superior. 

North Carolina High School All-State Chorus- Emily Frye, Mary Alice McMillan, Katie Richardson, and Shauntaura Smith

All-County Chorus - Thirty two participants represented the McMichael  choral program. 

North Carolina High School Honors Chorus – Mary Alice McMillan  




National High School Honor Choir – 1 student selected from McMichael

North Carolina High School Honors Chorus – 1 student selected from McMichael

North Carolina High School All-State Chorus – 8 students selected from McMichael

North Carolina High School Choral Festival at Wake Forest University – Vocal Ensemble and Voices of Harmony Women’s Choir earned the highest rating of Superior.


McMichael Band Achievements


McMichael sophomore, Daniel Jeffries, was selected by audition for the North Carolina All State Honor Band.  He is the first student in McMichael history to achieve this honor. He plays the euphonium.



Glenn High School Bobcat Classic Band Competition

GRAND CHAMPION for classes A and AA!!!!!

1st Place in Class AA


Pride of Morehead Invitational Band Competition

GRAND CHAMPION with the highest score of the day!!!!

1st Place in Class AA

2nd Place Percussion

1st Place Drum Major

1stp Place Colorguard

1st Place Music

1st Place Visual

1st Place Effect



Northwest Guilford Fall Festival


Viking Spirit Award


North Forsyth Festival of Bands

2nd place Percussion Class AA

2nd place Music Class AA

2nd place Overall Class AA

Superior Overall Rating


Southeastern Classic

2nd place Drum Major

Excellent Overall Rating



Bassett High School USSBA:

2nd Overall Group 2


Northwest Guilford Marching Band Festival:

2nd place Music Performance class AAA

2nd place Drum Major class AAA

1st place Percussion class AAA

2nd place Color Guard class AAA

3rd place Overall class AAA


Ragsdale Marching Band Festival:

1st place Percussion class AA



Spartan Southern Classic Band Festival:

Pit Choice Award



Patrick County Marching Band Festival:

1st place Colorguard class A



North Davidson Marching Band Festival:

1st Overall class A


Ragsdale Marching Band Festival:

1st place Drum Major class A



Northwest Guilford Marching Band Festival:

1st place Visual Performance class A

1st place Percussion class A


Central North Carolina Band Festival:

1st place Overall class A



Ashe County Marching Band Festival:

2nd place Visual Ensemble class AAA

1st place General Effect class AAA

2nd place Percussion class AAA


Patrick County Marching Band Festival:

2nd place overall Class AAA/AAAA


Mount Airy Marching Band Festival:

2nd place class AAA



Mt. Airy Marching Band Festival:

1st place Percussion

1st place Color Guard

1st place Drum Major



Ledford Marching Band Festival:

1st place General Effect class AAA

1st place Color Guard class AAA

1st place Music class AAA

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