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.

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