National Honor Society

at Islands High School

About The Organization

The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character

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.

Dr. Edward Rynearson

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) officially established NHS in 1921. Equipped with a constitution, an emblem and motto, and a group of dedicated principals as coordinators lead by Dr. Edward Rynearson, the new NHS organization quickly developed into one of the country's leading educational groups.