Beloit Memorial High School

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Beloit Memorial High School
BMHS

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Established 1868
Type Public Secondary
Principal Dr. Thomas Johnson
Faculty 250 (2010-2011)
Grades 9-12
Location 1225 Fourth Street,
Beloit, Wisconsin, USA
Coordinates 42°30′52.39″N 89°2′15.7″W / 42.5145528°N 89.037694°W / 42.5145528; -89.037694Coordinates: 42°30′52.39″N 89°2′15.7″W / 42.5145528°N 89.037694°W / 42.5145528; -89.037694
Oversight School District of Beloit
Colors Purple & White
Athletics WIAA Big Eight Conference
Mascot Purple Knight
Yearbook The Beloiter
Newspaper The Increscent
Schedule Type 5-Block System
Website Official website

Beloit Memorial High School is a public, four-year comprehensive high school in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Academics[edit]

Beloit Memorial has an enrollment of approximately 1,700 students, with 150 full-time certified staff and an average class size of 28 students.[citation needed]

The school has a charter school complex, The Hendricks Education Center, which is located across the Rock River from Beloit Memorial. Hendricks enrolls over 200 students and has an online learning facility, an auto body shop, and a cafeteria, Also at the Eclipse Center[clarification needed] is the Roy Chapman Andrews Academy, a project-based charter school serving grades 6 through 12.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Newspaper[edit]

Beloit Memorial supports the state's oldest high school newspaper, the monthly Increscent, founded in 1894.[citation needed] It won first place in General Excellence by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association in 2010 and second place in 2009 and 2011.[1] The Incresent publishes an annual humor issue, called the Uncrescent.

Theatre[edit]

BMHS Theatre performs a fall play and a spring musical and supplements those works with other student-driven projects, including improvisation and student-directed one-act plays. The theater group performed as the showcase production at the Wisconsin CESA conference in 2008 and at the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival in 2009.[citation needed] They performed at the 2010 and 2013 Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, the world's largest performing arts festival, as part of the American High School Theatre Festival. BMHS Theatre is a student-led program, with student officers and a student stage manager.

Each year, the theatre group competes in a statewide competition for the Tommy Awards with its spring musical. In 2011, it received Tommy Awards for its musical production of Hairspray: Outstanding Lead, Outstanding Supporting, Outstanding Ensemble, Community Engagement Award, and Outstanding Stage Manager.[2] In 2012, the theatre group received Tommy Awards for its musical production of Urinetown: Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lead, and two Outstanding Supporting Roles.[3]

Music[edit]

The BMHS Jazz 1 Band has competed in several Midwestern jazz festivals, such as "Music in the Parks" and "Music in the Meadows".[4] It has competed in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Louisiana, and New York. In 2009, 2012,2013, and 2014 it was chosen from among 15 other bands in the United States to compete in Essentially Ellington in New York.[5][6]

Athletics[edit]

Memorial offers 23 varsity sports: basketball, football, boys' and girls' swimming, boys' and girls' soccer, boys' and girls' volleyball, wrestling, boys' and girls' hockey, boys' and girls' track, boys' and girls' cross country, baseball, softball, boys' and girls' tennis, spirit squad, and boys' and girls' golf. The school competes in the WIAA Big Eight Conference in athletics. The teams' nickname is the Purple Knights. The boys' swim team is known as the "Purple Tide", the girls' swim team the "Lady Tide", the girls' soccer team a joint team between Beloit Memorial and Beloit Turner) "Team Knitro," and the girls' hockey team ( a co-op team composed of Beloit Memorial, Beloit Turner, Clinton, Janesville Craig, and Janesville Parker) "Rock County Fury".

The boys' basketball team has the second most appearances at the state tournament, with 26.[7] Beloit has also won the second most boys' basketball championships, with seven championships, and is one of four high schools to win three championships in a row.[8]

Homecoming[edit]

Beloit Memorial's homecoming usually takes place the last week of September. The week includes a class competitions, float building, a parade, an all school pep-rally, a football game and a traditional homecoming dance.

Building projects[edit]

Beloit Memorial's "First Impression" project has put two large flower pots in front of the school, remade the front entrance, and repainted the gym.

With the recent[when?] passage of the $70 million referendum in Beloit, a new aquatics facility is being built at the high school.[9] The eight-lane pool will have seating for more than 800, diving boards, a ramp for wheelchair access, and community and student locker rooms. The old pool will be converted into a fitness center, and the cardio and weight rooms will become classrooms. A new tennis court will also be built near the school.

Between 2005 and 2011, PAPAS, Inc. (Parents Advocating for the Performing Arts in our Schools) raised over $500,000 for the performing arts program. This was used primarily for advancements in technology in the auditorium, including the sound, lighting, fly systems, and other backstage technologies.

Notable alumni[edit]

Stephanie Klett- Emmy award winner, former Miss Wisconsin, HIV educator

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ranallo, John. "Reporter". Beloit Daily News. Beloit Daily News. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Charles, Pam (16 May 2011). "‘Several awards won for play’". Beloit Daily News. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Gavan, Hillary (1 June 2012). "Area schools, students recognized for musicals". Beloit Daily News. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "BMHS Jazz Program". Chris Behrens. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  5. ^ "Finalists Announced for 14th Annual Essentially Ellington". Wynton Marsalis. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  6. ^ http://www.jazzatlincolncenter.org/about/news/2007/pdf/2012-02-22_Essentially%20Ellington%20Finalist%20Announcement%202012%20FINAL.pdf
  7. ^ Wilson, Travis. "Division 1 Boys Basketball State Tournament Preview". Wissports. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Boys Basketball". WIAA. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  9. ^ Gavan, Hillary (15 December 2012). "New pool construction begins". Beloit Daily News. Retrieved 9 January 2013.