Ardrey Kell High School

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There’s no doubt that racism exists – and sometimes becomes very visible – at Ardrey Kell High. The school is one of North Carolina’s largest, a majority white school in a minority white district, located in one of south Charlotte’s most affluent areas.

Ann Doss Helms / WFAE

This week was supposed to be graduation time for Kayden Hunt, student body president at Ardrey Kell High in south Charlotte. But this year has brought one extraordinary challenge after another.

A video circulating on social media Sunday shows messages on the rock at Charlotte's Ardrey Kell High supporting Black Lives Matter protests defaced and crossed out.


When the state posts enrollment tallies this fall, it’s a safe bet that the three biggest schools in North Carolina will be Ardrey Kell, South Mecklenburg and Myers Park high schools. They’re all south of uptown Charlotte, and each of them draws more than 3,000 students.


South Charlotte’s social media lit up this weekend with reports that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has chosen a site for a new southern high school. But the school board member who represents that area says it’s not a done deal.