History and Purpose of the Organization
In 1921, the National Association of Secondary School Principals officially established the National Honor Society. 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 Fifth Avenue High School, Pittsburgh, PA., 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 education 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" (from the NHS constitution). These purposes translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapters.Taken in part from the National Honor Society about web page www.nhs.us(NHS) National Honor Society is an elite organization dedicated to recognizing outstanding high school students in grades 11-12. As well as encouraging service to their community and school.