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Dear Butler High families,

David W. Butler High School has experienced a great deal of success since opening its doors in 1997. Butler serves 2,100 students and is located on 74 acres in Matthews, a suburban community just east of Charlotte. Butler is a community-based high school named in honor of David W. Butler, an outstanding teacher who perished in a house fire while saving the lives of his family. Today, Butler High School upholds the principles set forth by David W. Butler—dedication, perseverance, and commitment.

The student body at Butler is very diverse (36 percent Caucasian, 29 percent African-American and 24 percent Hispanic) and our Butler staff possesses a wealth of expertise and experience. Our beautiful campus is well maintained and includes a performing arts auditorium, gymnasium, football stadium, baseball field, softball field, practice fields, tennis courts and a greenhouse.The academic program at Butler High School is consistently ranked among the best in our district and state. Our students experience academic growth on state assessments that is among the highest in CMS. Butler High School offers multiple Honors Level and Advanced Placement (AP) courses that challenge and prepare our students for college and careers in the 21st century.  In addition, our Butler Academy of Health Sciences provides opportunities and internships for any student wishing to pursue a career in the growing field of health care.

Butler High School offers a strong, diverse, and rigorous curriculum designed to provide our graduates with the credentials for admission into competitive colleges and universities. Above all, we strive to ensure that each student who receives a Butler diploma is college- and career-ready.

As principal of David W. Butler High School, I am committed to seeing every student succeed. I strongly believe that building positive, productive relationships with students and their families is essential to the learning process. It is my daily mission to ensure that Butler High School is a place where students from all backgrounds, ethnicities, races, religions and gender thrive and are individually valued.  We are all different but we are all Butler!

I am currently in my 16th year in CMS and 20th year in education. During my time in CMS, I have had the opportunity to serve as teacher, assistant principal and principal. Now in my fifth year as principal at Butler High School, I will continue the important work of making Butler High School the best place to teach and learn in CMS!A little background about me: I grew up in Winnsboro, South Carolina, and earned my undergraduate degree in secondary education from Clemson University (Go Tigers!).  I later earned a master's degree in school administration from the University of South Carolina.  My wife (also a CMS educator) and I are the proud parents of two beautiful children.

I look forward to working with you and your student. Thank you for choosing Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Butler High School.

John LeGrand, principal

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