National Junior Honor Society
What is National Junior Honor Society?
The National Junior Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize
outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those
students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership,
character, and citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the
organization since its beginning in 1929.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in official Honor Society
activities. NHS and NJHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto
Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for
their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in
school activities and community service.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) officially established NJHS
in 1929, eight years after it founded National Honor Society for high school students. 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 NJHS organization quickly developed into one of
the country's leading educational groups.
Five main purposes have guided chapters of NJHS from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for
scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; to encourage
responsible citizenship; 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.
(Taken from https://www.njhs.us/utility/about-us. Accessed on 12/7/16)