SILER CITY — Jordan-Matthews High School is a long-standing staple in the Siler City community with over 900 students — and over 200 student-athletes. With an athletic program dating back to 1957, current Athletic Director Josh Harris has helped foster a new partnership between Jordan-Matthews and Mountaire Farms, the world’s fourth-largest poultry production company that calls Siler City home for one of their processing plants.
Jordan-Matthews Athletics plays a critical role in not just the school, but in the community as a whole. As the only high school in Siler City, there are dozens of opportunities for students to find the right sport or activity for them.
“Our school helps build the future of Siler City,” J-M Vice Principal Mary Margaret Dark said. “We’re always looking for new partnerships to help our students grow and Mountaire Farms has offered to help.”
Prior to their first football game on Friday night, Mountaire Farms had the chance to meet student-athletes who will benefit the most from this premier athletic sponsorship.
“Mountaire Farms is proud to not only support youth in the community but also to foster an ongoing partnership with them,” Mountaire Farms’ Community Relations Manager Sasha Duncan said. “We have a large footprint in this town and we want to let people know that we have lots to offer — partnerships, learning opportunities, jobs and more.”
Duncan said the partnership between Mountaire Farms and Jordan-Matthews High School includes financial support of the school’s athletic department and working to build relationships with the school’s faculty and staff.
“A few weeks ago, we brought their Leadership Team lunch during their retreat, and last Tuesday we brought all 115 teachers lunch during their back-to-school kickoff,” she said. “Going forward, we are working with several of their clubs and organizations to continue to grow the partnership. The Premier Athletic Sponsorship was just a starting point for both of our organizations. Mountaire is excited to grow the partnership in any way.”
“Our school is really excited about this partnership,” J-M Athletic Director Josh Harris said. “Our buildings are just a half-mile away from each other, so it made sense for us to combine efforts and work together.”