Apple Valley High School (Minnesota)
|Apple Valley High School|
|Apple Valley High School depicted from its western side
Home of the Eagles
|14450 Hayes Road
Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA
|Number of students||approx. 1,650|
|Colors||Brown, gold, and white|
Apple Valley High School, commonly referred to as AVHS, is a public four-year high school in Apple Valley, Minnesota. It is a part of Independent School District 196 (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District). It is also affiliated with the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). The school was completed in 1976, and at that time was the second high school added to the district. As of 2006, it is one of five high schools serving District 196. At both; the 2011 and 2012 Apple Valley High School Homecoming Pep Fest the faculty performed in a flash mob for the students.
Accomplishments and recognitions
Apple Valley High School received an award from the Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which is considered the highest accolade an American school can receive. It has also been selected as one of the "140 best high schools" in the United States, and has gained recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Scholastic Coach and Athletic Journal, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science.
Apple Valley High School played in the Lake Conference, which is part of the Minnesota State High School League. Since being opened in 1976, the school has accumulated 60 state championships, placing it second overall in the number of state championships won in Minnesota. Starting for the 2010-2011 school year they will be part of the South Suburban Conference(MN).
Apple Valley High School is also noted for its outstanding forensics program. It offers both speech and debate, and students must try out for both these teams near the beginning of the year. Outstanding accolades have been received at the National Forensics League (NFL) national tournament. The speech team has received numerous Speech & Debate Team of Excellence awards, and has had many national champions.
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For alumni who have gained significant success or notoriety
- Amber Gimbel, Class of 2000, Celebrity Hair and Make up Artist in Hollywood, California
- Colin Achenbach, a forward in the National Lacrosse League for the Minnesota Swarm
- Rebekah Bradford, a 2010 U.S. Olympic speed skater; class of 2001
- Arden Cho, a model and actress who is also currently debuting her singing and songwriting talents on YouTube
- Matt Demaray, a two-time NCAA Division I individual wrestling champion.
- Breanne Duren, a member of the band Owl City
- David Fischer, a first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2006
- Karl Goehring, a goaltender for the Nashville Predators
- John Harvatine IV, owner at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and executive producer on Robot Chicken
- Anne Hjelle, survivor of a highly publicized mountain lion attack in 2004 (graduated 1991)
- Doug Hutchison, an actor, most notable role as Percy Wetmore in The Green Mile (film)
- Erik Jensen, an actor who played the assistant district attorney on CSI and appeared on Law & Order and "The Bronx is Burning" as well as the films The Dark Half and Blair Witch 2
- Jarrod Johnson, a reality television participant who appeared on TLC in six episodes of the series Sheer Dallas
- Trevor Laws, drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL, former Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year and defensive lineman at Notre Dame
- Mike Lundin, a defenseman in the NHL for the Minnesota Wild
- Shani Marks, a triple jumper who competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics
- Tara Mack, a Minnesota State representative
- Bob Martin, a former center in the NBA for the Los Angeles Clippers (1993–95)
- Leyna Nguyen, on-air anchor and reporter with KCAL-TV in Los Angeles, California since 1997
- Derek Rackley, a tight end and long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks
- Kristine Reese, an actress who played the role of Nessarose on the national tour of Wicked
- Reggie Rolle, an actor who portrayed the Green Ranger in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy
- Nicholas Sadler, an actor who has appeared in the films Scent of a Woman, Disclosure, Mobsters, as well as TV shows like The Cosby Show and ER
- Dan Sexton, right wing for the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL
- Joe Sexton, professional snowboarder
- Maria Thayer, a sitcom and film actress
- Erik Westrum, an NHL center who played for the Phoenix Coyotes, Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs
- Vincent Kartheiser, an actor most notable for his performance on the AMC drama Mad Men
- Dan Smith, Class of 1987, former player for the Texas Rangers
- Keith Kimberly, class of 1984, US Navy pilot and recipient of the Distinguish Flying Cross for action over Iraq
- Kevin Mayer, singer for the rock band American Scarecrows
|Season||Sport||Number of championships||Year|
|Fall||Soccer, boys||9||1984, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011|
|Volleyball, girls||2||1985, 1992|
|Swimming and diving, girls||2||1990, 1994|
|Winter||Hockey, girls||2||1995, 1998|
|Dance, girls||4||1984, 1985, 1991, 1995|
|Wrestling||21||1983, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. 2013|
|Gymnastics, girls||2||1989, 2001|
|Swimming and diving, boys||2||1989, 2001|
|Golf, boys||2||1992, 1993|
|Track and field, boys||3||1986, 1991, 1992|
|Track and field, girls||7||1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006|
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