When the National Honor Society was established by the National Association for Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in 1921, the principals involved hoped to create an organization that would recognize and encourage academic achievement while also developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy. These ideals of scholarship, service, leadership, and character remain as relevant today as they were in 1921. In fact, as we prepare future leaders for global citizenship, the opportunity to support these ideals
becomes even more important.

Membership in NHS is both an honor and a commitment. It is this commitment that has helped
shape the Honor Society’s reputation for excellence, making it a valued asset among administrators,
faculty members, students, parents, and communities.