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How it started . . .

The National Honor Society was established in 1921 by Edward Rynearson, a high school principal, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Throughout the years, the Honor Society was supported by the National Association of School Principals, and today is found in high schools across the nation.

The Ellis High School Chapter was established in 1986.  The bylaws are aligned to the constitution of the Nat’l Honor Society.  The Ellis Chapter is named in dedication of Dr. G.A. Surface. Dr. Surface served on city, school, and hospital boards and committees.  Through his practice, he served old and young. He lived and modeled scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, promote leadership, and develop character in high school students.

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The emblem of the National Honor Society is the keystone and the flaming torch.  The keystone bears at its base the letters CSLS, which stand for the four cardinal principles of the organization:  character, scholarship, leadership, and service.  As the keystone is placed by the builder to hold the perfect arch in perpetual stability, so the structure of our education must be held firm and true to the purposes of life by the virtues represented in this symbol.  To bear forward the searching light of truth, to lead that others may follow in light, to keep burning in our school a high ambition for the enduring values of life, and to serve –these purposes are symbolized in the torch.

These members will uphold the high purposes of the National Honor Society to which they have been selected - To strive in every way by word and deed to make the ideals of the National Honor Society the ideals of their school and their lives.