Whether students plan to become pilots, mechanics, engineers, nurses or journalists, they have access to a diverse set of hands-on learning opportunities at Elizabethton High School. District and school leaders create a learning environment that provides students with real-world experience so that they are prepared to pursue secondary education or to enter the workforce the day they graduate.
Elizabethton High School, a four-year comprehensive school, is part of Elizabethton City Schools, which also includes a junior high school, three elementary schools, an Early Learning Center and an alternative learning center.
The school's graduation rate is 99.5 percent with a graduation rate of 99 percent in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. More than 88 percent of CTE students at ECS continue on to postsecondary education or advanced training in their fields of study. Students pursuing undergraduate degrees in various fields may enroll at Milligan College in Elizabethton or at East Tennessee State University in neighboring Johnson City. CTE students have excellent opportunities for furthering their education right in Elizabethton at Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Elizabethton and Northeast State Community College.
The present 168,500 square-foot school was built on thirty-two acres of land, which students first occupied in January 1974. The building houses 37 classrooms, including a Media Center, commons area, and 13 Career and Technology Education classrooms. EHS has a new music wing completed in 2016 which includes a band room, choral room, storage area and offices. Four wheelchair-accessible classrooms accommodate students with disabilities. The athletic wing has an office for the Athletic Director, a concession stand area, a football office, a full gym, an auxiliary gym, boys and girls locker rooms, a football weight room, a general weight room, and a swimming pool which is used by both the students and community.
The football program practices and competes at the new Citizens Bank Stadium located at the high school, and the soccer programs utilize the field at T.A. Dugger Junior High. The baseball program utilizes Joe O'Brien Field. The acreage around the current building consists of a football stadium, track, softball field, indoor softball practice area, tennis courts, and a practice area for the band.