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Swain County High School

Swain County High School
1415 Fontana Road Bryson City, NC 28713
School type Public Secondary School (U.S.)
Motto "Our best and then some"
Established 1950
School district Swain County Public Schools
Faculty 46
Enrollment 562
Campus type Rural
  Maroon and white
Mascot Maroon Devils

Swain County High School is a public high school located in Bryson City, North Carolina. Swain County High School is a part of the Swain County School System. It is the only 9-12 high school in the county.


Swain County High School is a result of consolidations in the 1950s and a 1970s building program. It was originally four high schools: Bryson City (1924), Whittier (1936), Alarka (1938), and Almond (1925), but in 1950 additions were made to Bryson City High School and it became Swain County High School. The High School was at this campus until 1977, when a two-story, tan brick high school and gymnasium were finished northwest of Bryson City. The old High School then became Bryson City Elementary School until restructuring of the school system in 1991. At the time of restructuring, there were four kindergarten through 8th grade elementary schools in Swain County, at Whittier, Bryson City, Alarka, and Almond. In 1991, Swain East Elementary and Swain West Elementary opened to students, replacing the older community-based schools. The Middle School was located in the former Almond Elementary School building until 1994, when the newly rebuilt, renovated, and expanded Bryson City campus opened its doors as Swain County Middle School. In 1997, 6th grade was added to the Middle School, along with an expansion. In 2000, a new auditorium and several new classrooms were added to Swain County High School. In 2011, eight new classrooms were added to Swain West Elementary, and plans are being drawn up for a new High School, moving the Middle School, and restructuring the Elementary School districts.


Swain County High School has eight North Carolina state football championships with the most recent coming in 2011.[1]Swain County High School also has one undefeated season, one regional championship and two league championships. The culture around Swain is filled with a football rich atmosphere the maroon devils are beloved amongest everyone.

Future plans

Presently, the school is developing a plan to build a new School somewhere nearby on land that the school board already owns; the present building would then become a new Middle School and the current Middle School would become an Elementary School, alleviating overcrowding of Swain East and Swain West Elementary Schools.


The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.


  1. ^ "Swain County braves scare for 1-AA title". Asheville Citizen Times. December 3, 2011. 

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