Bethany High School
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|Bethany Senior High School|
|6623 North Mueller Avenue
Bethany, Oklahoma, 73008
|School type||Public high school|
|Motto||No H Left Behind|
|School district||Bethany School District|
|Superintendent||Dr. Kent Shellenberger|
|Campus size||6 acres (2.4 ha)|
Bethany Public Schools was organized as School District No. 88 on December 27, 1910. Among its first trustees were Reverend J.W. Vawter and Reverend U.D.T. Murray, father of Wm. H. Murray, former governor of Oklahoma.
Bonds were voted in the amount of $2,000 to erect the first building, a concrete-block, one-room structure, in 1910-11. This district was carved from a very small existing school.
For a while the school could support only one teacher, but by the 1914-15 term, the enrollment had increased to 89. This necessitated the erection of another room and the employment of a second teacher.
In 1927-28 two years of high school credits were offered. Two years later, the high school offered all four years of credits and the first graduating class was in the spring of 1931.
Notable staff members
- Ed Forester - coached Bethany track and football for over 30 years, making the OSSAA playoffs in 1985.
- Chris Chamberlain - free agent linebacker
- David Green - founder of Hobby Lobby, and self-made billionaire.
- Shannon Lucid - A noteworthy biochemist and NASA astronaut.
In 2001 the Bethany Broncho basketball team won the class 3A state basketball title, beating Eufaula High School 57 to 55. The team was sparked by a half-court shot made by Tyler Martin at the end of the third quarter. That season the Bronchos finished 24-5, behind the strong play of Preston Simms, Tyler Martin, Jerrod Gass, Aaron Toler, Josh Hayes, Aaron Crow, Trey Keoppel. The following year the Bronchos played in the championship game, losing to Stroud High School.
In 2003 the Bethany Broncho football team won the Oklahoma class 2A state football title, beating the Davis Wolves 40-6 at Owen Field in Norman, Oklahoma. The Bronchos were led by Little All City player of the year Chris Chamberlain and head coach Rob Renshaw, who is currently the Head Coach at Marlow High School.
The Bethany Cheer squad won the National Champion title in March at a Jamfest cheer competition. Bethany Cheer quilified for OSSAA Cheer State Competition for the 2010-2011 school year.
In the 2010-2011, the Broncho's football team made it to the Semi-Finals under current head coach Reagan Roof.
The Lady Bronchos 2011-2012 softball team become the first girls team to qualify for the state tournament.UIm 2014,Riley"hollywood" Brown anf Kierra "rookie"McFadden were selected to the ALL=DTATE softball team
In 2012, the Lady Bronchos Soccer team won their district championships and played for the state championship, losing to Verdigris 4-1, under previous head coach Angie Kelley.
In 2013, the Bethany Bronchos soccer team made it to the state Semi-Finals under current head coach Sean Williams.
In 2014, the Bethany Bronchos track and field team finished fifth at state in class 4A, winning individual state championships in girls long jump (Mikeala Jencks) discus (Noble Lybrand) and 400 m dash (Dalton Stout) under the coaching direction of Jon Arthur and Adam Forester.
Bethany High School extracurricular and class-related offerings include Key Club, Spanish Club, Anime Club, Student Council (STUCO), Youth Alive, Masque-n-Gavel, National Honor Society, Environmental Club, Yearbook/Newspaper, Choir, Show Choir (Mixed and Girls), Band, Jazz Band, Percussion 101 (Percussion 201 will be offered starting in the 2010-2011 school year) and Orchestra.
The school puts on a musical each spring, drawing on students from all of Bethany Public Schools. Some of the musicals done in recent years include "Oklahoma!", "The Wizard of Oz", "The Music Man", "Bye Bye Birdie," "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown," and "The Sound of Music."