About Githens

  • Welcome!

    Sherwood Githens Middle School is the home of the Raiders. Githens focuses on developing future ready scholars and our teachers challenge and support each student to reach their full potential. Our strong community partnerships, variety of academic programs and teaching that supports active learning every day creates an optimum choice for Durham families.  Githens retains a close-knit community feel for students and the families served. Come learn about the opportunities for your future Githens scholar to be inspired and grow with our students and staff at this dynamic school.


    Principal: Crystal Cahill
    Address: 4800 Old Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707
    Phone: 919-560-3966
    Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:30-3:20pm -Bell Schedule    Front office hours 8:00-4:00pm    

    Please contact our Front Office Staff to with any questions  FRONT OFFICE LINK

    Enrollment: 780

    Vice Principal 6th Grade-James Carter 

    Vice Principal 7th Grade-

    Vice Principal 8th Grade-Vivianease Major

    Visiting Githens

    All visitors must report to the main office to sign in and get a visitor's badge. 

    If you would like to schedule a tour please contact a grade level counselor:

    Student Support Services  

    Githens Mission Statement:

    Connect. Educate. Graduate.

    Githens Vision Statement: 

    Sherwood Githens Middle School will provide all students with a high-quality education through service learning, leadership opportunities, social development, parent collaboration, and community partnerships in an environment where academic, social, and emotional needs are met in order for students to reach their true potential. 


    In 1965 Sherwood Githens Junior High School was built adjacent to the current Jordan High School on Garrett Road. The school was named after Sherwood Githens, Jr., who graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1936 with a Ph.D. in Physics. During his career, he taught at Harvard, Baylor, Duke and Wake Forest.

    In 1988 our current building was completed on land that was formerly owned by Sherwood Githens, Jr. We are currently a middle school serving students in sixth through eighth grade.


    Sherwood Githens Middle School expects all students to conduct themselves in a PRIDEful manner, including being Punctual, showing Respect, having Integrity, displaying Dedication, and modeling Excellence in order to maximize opportunities for our students to achieve academic, social, and lifestyle skills competency.

Githens PBIS Program ~ PRIDE ~ It's a way of Life!