Charles “Omar” McBride Wins High Jump at New Balance Nationals

As reported by NC Runners‘ Jason Creasy, Apex High School’s very own Charles “Omar” McBride won the high jump at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet in Greensboro June 17 by winning a tiebreak because he only had one miss in the competition at 6-6.25. He cleared 6-8.25 and 6-10.25 on the first event.

Creasy reported: “McBride had a season-best of 6-10 prior to today and was the third-place finisher at the NCHSAA 4A State Championships.  It shows how strong the High Jump competition is within the state has been this year.”

Way to go, Omar! We our proud to call you ours!

Read more about Omar’s win below or by clicking here.

WCPSS School Board Appoints John Williams as Apex High School Interim Principal

In a June 6 email to Apex High School’s students and parents, retiring Apex High Principal Diann Kearney announced that the WCPSS School Board has appointed veteran principal John Williams to take the reins at AHS as interim principal, effective July 1, 2018.

“The 2018-2019 school year will begin a transformational time for our school as we pack up and move from the Level back to the Peak,” Dr. Kearney wrote.  “Mr. Williams will bring the qualities parents suggested at the input session for the next principal.  With a total of 36 years of experience in North Carolina public high schools, he strongly values the active role of parents and the community in schools. ”

Williams served as an  an assistant principal and principal at Garner High for 12 years and principal of Middle Creek High School from 2002 through 2011. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club, Arts Council, Chamber of Commerce and the Education Foundation.  

He also served as Senior Director for High School Programs for WCPSS, during which time he consulted with the WCPSS facility division to design and renovate schools, such as the plan for Green Level High School.

“He grew up in Wake County and maintains an admiring affection for the Apex community as he has watched it grow so much from the sixties,” Dr. Kearney wrote. “He told me, ‘When I think about the richness embedded in community schools, Apex High School rises to the peak as an example of the best. Only the best can draw me out of retirement to serve as a principal again. …  I will enjoy, support and promote the fullness of the storied traditions of strong academics, glittering arts and robust athletics ever present at Apex High. It will be a honor to work with the fabulous staff, excellent students and supportive parents.’”

Coach John Hayden to be Inducted Into the NC Lacrosse Hall of Fame on June 9











Five outstanding givers to the game of lacrosse will be inducted into the North Carolina Lacrosse Hall of Fame June 9 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C., the North Carolina Chapters of U. S. Lacrosse announced late last week.

This year’s Hall of Fame Class is comprised of a total of five inductees: Coach John Hayden of Apex HS; Coach Geoffrey Miller, who coached at Guilford College from 1980 to 1987; Game Officials Michelle Hood and Ronald Wilson; and Duke Whelan, who has been involved in organizing the high school championships prior to and after the sanctioning of the game by the NCHSAA, establishing various programs throughout the state that were essential for growing the game.

John Hayden has coached lacrosse at Apex High School as a club (2001) and a varsity team (2002) to the present time. His overall cumulative record is 309-98. Apex High School has played in 6 of the past 12 State Championship games, winning in 2005, 2013 and 2015.

Congratulations, Coach Hayden! You make us proud. Learn more here.

May 21-26

Monday, May 21
Signing Day in the Media Center: 11 a.m.
Apex Cougar Club Meeting in the Media Center: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 22
Apex Baseball v@ Fuquay-Varina in Eastern Regional Championship Series: 6:00 p.m. Admission is $7.00. Only NCHSAA passes will be accepted.

Wednesday, May 23
Powder Puff Games – CANCELLED due to severe weather!

Thursday, May 24
Apex Baseball vs. Fuquay-Varina in Eastern Regional Championship Series: 5 p.m. Admission is $7.00. Only NCHSAA passes will be accepted.

Friday, May 25
Senior Awards Ceremony: 10 a.m.
Apex Baseball @ Fuquay-Varina, 7 p.m. Admission is $7.00. Only NCHSAA passes will be accepted.

Powder Puff Practice/Game Schedule and Coaching Staff

The Powder Puff football game will take place Wednesday, May 23, with practices taking place May 21-22 after school on the stadium field. The practice and game schedules are below:

Practice Schedule for Monday and Tuesday:

  • 9th and 10th Grade – 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Stadium Field
  • 11th and 12th – 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Stadium Field or 2:30-3:30 p.m. on soccer practice field (coaches will decide and we will update this post once the decision is made)
  • Senior coaches have scheduled an additional practice for Monday, 2:30 p.m. on the soccer practice field.

T-Shirts will be handed out at the Tuesday practice.

Game Schedule for Wednesday:

  • 1st Game: 9th vs. 10th grade – 6 p.m.
  • 2nd Game: 11th vs. 12th grade – 6:45 p.m.
  • Championship Game at 7:30 p.m.
  • Admission: $5.00 (this is a fundraiser – no passes will be accepted)
  • Students wearing 2018 Spring Powder Puff tee shirts will be admitted for free

Coaching Staff:

  • Freshmen- John Hayden and Staff
  • Sophomores- David Neal and Staff
  • Juniors- Ross Little, Charli Michael and Staff
  • Seniors- Drew Hill and Staff