Students, staff and guests celebrate William Amos Hough
It was a day of pride as students, staff and guests celebrated the dedication of William Amos Hough High School on Dec. 10.

About 40 members of the Hough family were in attendance at the dedication. The school was named earlier this year to honor the late CMS administrator who was a former principal of North Mecklenburg High School from 1955 until 1974 and an influential member of the north Charlotte community.

“I wanted to learn more about Mr. Hough after I found out that the school was going to be named after him,” said Santiago Patino, who is the student body president at Hough High School. “I learned that he was loved by many people and that he looked for the best in everyone. I feel very privileged to go to a school named after William Amos Hough.”

The 258,000 square-foot facility opened Aug. 25. It has 99 classrooms, a 634 seat auditorium and 12 vocational classrooms. The facility also includes a 4,000 seat stadium with a football and track field and other athletic amenities.

“This is a very exciting day for us,” said Dr. Terri Cockerham, principal of Hough High. “I am so proud of this school and I can’t wait to show it off to the community.”

Hough high was built to relieve overcrowding at North Mecklenburg and Hopewell high schools. The project was part of the $516 million bond package that voters approved in November 2007.

“Our tax payers made a $50 million investment in our community,” said Rhonda Lennon, who represents district one of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. “Each of you are building a legacy and I encourage the student body to create a tradition of excellence that will carry on in the future.”

During the ceremony, Tammy Smith, who is the PTSA president at Hough, made a special presentation to the school. She introduced the new Hough huskies mascot, presented a portrait of Hough that will eventually be hung within a mosaic of the student body, and other artwork that will also be hung around the school.