Students in his district receive letters that try to convince them to attend other schools, he said. Giles is positive "prominent members" of other schools' communities have taken desirable students and their families out to dinner.
"It's common knowledge," Giles said. "It's just not spoken about."
Schools like GW are trying to recruit not only bright students or burly athletes but also the clout their parents might have, Giles said. Those families are going to a community "that already has an abundance of resources," compared to a Capital area that has always lacked parental and community support, Giles said.
Only at Capital
Those who leave the district could also leave an impression on other Capital families that the high school can't provide them with the same quality education as another school, Giles said.
There is much to be proud of Capital High, academically and otherwise, Giles said. For example, the school offers 36 hours of math for college credit along with four classes of dual level calculus.
"That flies under the radar because we have a great band and our football kicks butt," Giles said.
The athletic program has won 26 individual and team state championships, the band program is perennially one of the state's best, and many of the school's other performing arts activities are the reigning champs in West Virginia. Giles said the school is "doing what we're supposed to be doing," as the performing arts magnet for the school system.
With black students making up roughly a third of the student body - the largest population at the school and the largest black population for any high school in West Virginia - the school is the "most cosmopolitan" in the state, Giles said. There is someone with every background at the school, he said, which offers students a chance to interact with a wide variety of people.
That is not always seen as a positive: The Capital campus is home to the East Academy, an alternative school, and many programs for special needs students, Giles said. The school has "suffered" the existence of the alternative school since it was placed on the campus, but it can dissuade potential students from wanting to attend Capital.
"It is sort of an albatross around our neck," Giles said.
For better or worse, other schools might not want to house the broad range of special needs programs at Capital, Giles said.
The school has programs for a wide range of students, from those who don't speak English as a primary language to those who don't have full use of their bodies. These are the bulk of transfer students to Capital, Giles said. Although he did not seem happy to say it, he thought these students are not the typical transfer students sought out by other schools in the county.
The socioeconomic make-up of his student body could scare off other students, he said: Giles said there are six housing projects that feed into the Capital community. When students leave, he believes they are segregating the county. It's economic segregation, academic segregation and a segregation of influence, he explained. But most apparently, it's a segregation of race.
"It's not about race directly, but it is," Giles said.
This is not the first time Giles has voiced his displeasure with the transfer policy.
He said he remembers standing before the school board and telling members the policy would be a bad decision. Now, when he feels the school system is moving in the right direction with the moratorium, others are attacking a system that he believes has forever changed his school.
School board President Pete Thaw has said he wants to bring the moratorium up for discussion at a meeting in May.
The Capital community won't picket at the school board building at that meeting, Giles said. They won't write letters to the editor. They're going to follow what "the boss" says to do while trying to provide the best education possible for children, he said.
That experience, he said, will be unique in the county. At a recent board of education meeting, a GW student said his school offered an environment where it was "cool to be at the top of the class." It's the same at his school, Giles said, but "it's OK not to wear designer clothes at Capital High School."
Capital is the real world in a nutshell. There are poor students, rich students, black students, white students, and many more, Giles said. It's the type of atmosphere students are going to encounter once they graduate.
And Giles is "not so certain (GW) can offer that."