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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) officially established NHS in 1921. Though many local and regional honor societies existed prior to 1921, no nationwide organization had been founded. Under the leadership of Dr. Edward Rynearson, principal of the Fifth Avenue High School in Pittsburgh, the organization grew from the original Alpha Chapter at the Fifth Avenue School to more than 1,000 chapters by 1930. Equipped with a constitution, an emblem and motto, and a group of dedicated principals as coordinators, the new NHS organization quickly developed into one of the country's leading educational groups.

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. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.

Excited to learn about membership in the National Honor Society? We don’t blame you! Much more than an honor roll, NHS is a distinctive multifaceted learning experience that provides a solid and meaningful foundation for life. There is only one National Honor Society. Learn more about the many facets of membership.
The competitive environment for college admission can be especially overwhelming. Moreover, the cost of higher education continues to skyrocket. That’s why the National Honor Society has partnered with those who are truly “in the know” to help students and parents navigate this often complex process.
All NHS members also have access to NHS Scholar Dollars, a scholarship search tool powered by College Board. This tool expedites the scholarship search process, offering filtered results based on the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Use the tool at