History asks "How did things get to be this way?" There is nothing in the world that does not become more intriguing and far more mysterious - once we recognize the complicated events and causes that led to its creation.

At the same time, history also recognizes that there is far more to the past than the events that created the world we know today. As the British writer L. P. Hartley once famously remarked, "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there." Recognizing what we share with people in the past, while simultaneously exploring how profoundly their lives differed from our own, provides some of history's most fascinating insights.

History analyzes the past, assessing the complex web of causes the help explain why particular events and phenomena occur, but it often communicates its findings in the form of narratives—stories—that make the past come alive as few things can. In this, history straddles the boundary between the sciences and the humanities. It is among the very few modern academic disciplines that can claim for itself one of the classical muses, Clio, of Greek antiquity. At its best, history is a form of literature, an art as much as a science.
                                                                                    From the University of Wisconsin's "Why Study History?"

COLIN BARRETT cbarrett@uchigh.com

US History (Honors & AP)
World History
Speech/Model UN
Student Council Advisor
Boys' and Girls' Soccer Coach


B.A. History/Secondary Education, Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, NC)
NC State Licensed
AP US History Training


History Teacher, University Christian High School (Hickory, NC) 2012 - present
Internship, Health and Science High School (Newton, NC)


JERRY WILLARD jwillard@uchigh.com

      AP Government & Politics Teacher
      Health/PE Teacher
      Religion 11/12 Teacher
      Debate Team


B.S. Social Science Education, Appalachian University (Boone, NC) 
M.A. Social Science Education, Appalachian University (Boone, NC)
Graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill Principals' Executive Program


Teacher & Coach, Warren County Schools (NC)
Teacher & Coach, Newton-Conover City Schools
Curriculum Coordinator, Newton-Conover High School
AP & Honors American Government Teacher & JV Basketball Coach, Wando High School (Charleston, SC)
Principal/Lead Teacher, Newton-Conover Health Science High School
Principal and History Teacher, UCHS (Hickory, NC) 2010-present

JEFF TAYLOR jtaylor@uchigh.com

Dean of Students
Athletic Director
Civics Teacher
Cross Country/Track Coach


Brevard College, 1970-1981
B.A. History, UNC-Charlotte, 1981-1983
M.A. School Administration, Gardner-Webb University
Principal's Executive Program, UNC-Chapel Hill


Teacher and Coach, Bunker Hill High School, 1984-2000
Assistant Principal, Bunker Hill High School, 2000-2002
Principal, H. M. Arndt Middle School, 2002-2007
Principal, Bunker Hill High School, 2007-2013
Principal, St. Stephens High School, 2013-2015
Dean of Students, Athletic Director, Teacher, Coach, 2015-Present


Teacher of the Year, Bunker Hill High School, 1991
Coached Bunker Hill High School Cross Country Team to a 1A/2A State Championship, 1990
Catawba County Schools Principal of the Year, 2006
President, Catawba County Principals Association, 2004-2006
Member, Region VII Principal Advisory Board 2008-2010