My son will be a senior at Hickory High this year. While the school has a great reputation for academics, the incredible overcrowding makes maneuvering between classes frustrating. Extremely long lines at lunch means having only a few minutes to eat the food students have waited so long for. It's easy to get lost in the crowd, so to speak, at this school. What saved my son however, was the marching band program. It is excellent! And it gives students a chance to feel part of a group in this overly populated school.