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National Honor Society



The National Honor Society was established in 1921 to recognize outstanding high school students who demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, service and character. The National Junior Honor Society was established in 1929 to honor the same characteristics in junior high/middle school students.

"In 1921, NASSP officially established the National Honor Society. Though many local and regional honor societies existed prior to 1921, no nationwide organization had been founded. Under the leadership of Dr. Edward Rynearson, principal of the Fifth Avenue High School, Pittsburgh, Pa., the organization grew from the original Alpha Chapter at the Fifth Avenue School to more than 1,000 chapters by 1930. Equipped with a constitution, an emblem and motto, and a group of dedicated principals as coordinators, the new NHS organization quickly developed into one of the country's leading educational groups.

Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: "To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools." (from the NHS Constitution) These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter."   Excerpt taken from

Students are considered for membership first based on academic record and then by recommendation from the faculty based on leadership, service and character. Seventh - Ninth graders are inducted into the National Junior Honor Society and Tenth - Twelfth graders are eligible to be inducted into the Nation Honor Society.

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