High Point is located in Guilford County just southwest of Greensboro between Winston-Salem and Asheboro along Highway 311. Parts of High Point also spill into Randolph, Davidson, and Forsyth counties. In addition to its history, events and beautiful landscape, this city is also known for its love of the entrepreneurial spirit. High Point's central location, its easy access to several interstate highways and the Piedmont Triad International Airport, truly make this city an excellent place to work and do business.
The educational system in the area offers residents a variety of choices. Guilford County Schools includes 59 elementary schools, 17 middle schools and 14 high schools as well as 25 private schools. There are 14 Magnet Schools offering regular comprehensive curriculum plus specialized themes or studies such as communications, cultural arts, math/science and foreign language; three year-round schools, two Montessori schools, two middle college high schools as well as International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.
Almost 1,500 businesses/community groups in Guilford County, Greensboro and High Point participate in the Partnerships in Education program, designed to strengthen and enhance the quality of education. The schools have a low student-to-teacher ratio and the lowest administrator-to-student ratio in the state.
There are 13 elementary, five middle and three high schools within the city of High Point. There are nearly a dozen colleges and universities in the area including High Point University, Wake Forest and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
High Point residents have access to many recreational facilities. There are numerous parks including Oak Hallow Park that features a 1,500-acre lake with camping facilities and a golf course. The 340-acre High Point City Park features paddle boating, fishing, amusements and swimming in the state's largest outdoor swimming pool. The Piedmont Environmental Center offers numerous hiking trails.
The shopping opportunities in this city are limitless -- especially if you are in the market for furniture. The Atrium Furniture Mall features 36 individual galleries that represent more than 700 brands and a diverse selection of styles. The High Point Theatre and Exhibition Center is located within the International Home Furnishings Center at the corner of East Commerce Avenue and South Hamilton Street, the heart of downtown High Point. It is one of the finest stage and gallery spaces in the Southeast.
Owned and operated by the City of High Point, the complex represents one of the nation's first cooperative ventures between municipal government, private enterprise and the arts. In 1975 the International Home Furnishings Center was awarded the Esquire/BCA "Business in the Arts" award in recognition of its cooperation with the City of High Point. Constructed in 1975, the center an elegant 967-seat auditorium with continental style seating. Other facilities include three large exhibition galleries for meetings, display, or receptions.
As might be expected of this "Furniture Capital," High Point is home to the world's largest chest of drawers that stands as a landmark at the entry to the city and attracts many visitors each year. The area's history can be traced at through a variety of museums including Castle McCulloch/Crystal Gardens and the High Point Museum and Historical Park. The Peterson Doll and Miniature Museum is a great way to discover the wonder of miniatures as well as collectible and antique dolls.
In 1859, when High Point was named after the "highest point" on the North Carolina Railroad, city founders knew that its central location would attract industry and commerce. Today, the city attracts residents and visitors alike. High Point is a city that is well connected to other nearby cities, but at the same time, it is an independent city. This independence allows for a high quality of life that is easy and affordable for its residents to maintain.
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