Blue Valley High School

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Blue Valley High School
Blue Valley High School (logo).jpg
Address
6001 West 159th Street [1]
Stilwell, Kansas, 66085
United States
Coordinates 38°50′22″N 94°39′19″W / 38.839473°N 94.655356°W / 38.839473; -94.655356Coordinates: 38°50′22″N 94°39′19″W / 38.839473°N 94.655356°W / 38.839473; -94.655356
Information
School type Public, High School
Established 1969
School board Board Website
School district Blue Valley School District USD 229 [2]
Superintendent Tom Trigg [2]
CEEB Code 172820 [3]
Principal Scott Bacon [4]
Athletic Director Matt Ortman [4]
Grades 9 to 12
Gender coed
Enrollment 1461 students (Fall 2013)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)      Black
     Gold
Athletics Class 6A [5]
District 4 [6]
Athletics conference Eastern Kansas [4]
Mascot Tigers
Rival Blue Valley West High School
Blue Valley Southwest High School
Blue Valley North High School
Newspaper Tiger Print
Website

Blue Valley High School is a fully accredited public high school located in Stilwell, Kansas, USA, serving students in grades 9-12. The school currently operates in the Blue Valley Unified School District. The principal is Scott Bacon, the associate principal is Mark Dalton, and the assistant principals are Mollie McNally and Matt Ortman.[7] The school mascot is the Tiger and the school colors are gold and black. The current enrollment of the school is 1,461 students.[citation needed]

Blue Valley is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and offers a variety of sports programs. Athletic teams compete in the 6A-5A division and are known as the "Tigers". Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs.

History[edit]

The original school was located at Metcalf and 151st St. In 1970, Stilwell High School and Stanley High School merged to form the Blue Valley High School. At the beginning of the 1971 school year, Blue Valley moved to its current location. The former building was turned into the office for the Blue Valley Unified School District.[citation needed]

Blue Valley underwent part two of its renovation in 2008 (part one being reconfiguration and turfing of athletic fields), receiving 8 new classrooms and an athletic department expansion, including a new above-ground weight room. Blue Valley installed two new mobiles for the 2007-08 school year. The office and the serving area of the cafeteria were also reconfigured.[citation needed]

Academics[edit]

Blue Valley High School has received several awards for academics. It has met the Standard of Excellence for reading, writing, science and math. In November 2010, the school again made national news for academics. Four students scored a perfect 36 on the ACT (test) in 2012, and two more in 2013. In 2012 Blue Valley High School received the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence in Education for academic excellence.[citation needed]

The entrance to the BV Commons, 2005
The entrance to the library, 2006

Multimedia[edit]

The school's newspaper is called the Tiger Print, the school's yearbook is Reflections, and the closed circuit television program is called "Tiger TV". It also maintains cable channel 75 to display announcements throughout the school.[citation needed]

Tiger TV's many features have won national Student Broadcast Network awards, including first place in 2001 and 2006 for the "Hallpass" segment (in the human interest story category) and a 2005 title for short movie award. Tiger TV is put together by Broadcast II students taught by former Emmy Award winning KSHB-TV anchor/reporter Denny Brand.[citation needed]

Pictures, photographs, and poems are submitted every year and put together as the Headrush magazine. The Headrush crew also produces Headrush Junior for middle school level students at BVMS and PSMS.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Tigers compete in the Eastern Kansas League and are classified as a 5A-6A school, the largest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Throughout its history, Blue Valley has won several state championships in various sports. Many graduates have gone on to participate in collegiate athletics.[citation needed]

Athletics[edit]

The primary rivals of Blue Valley High School are St. Thomas Aquinas, Blue Valley West, and Blue Valley Southwest. The Tiger baseball team won their third state championship in 2010, defeating the Maize Eagles in an 11-3 rout to win the 6A tournament. The Blue Valley girls' tennis won the state championship for the first time in school history in the fall of 2010. The Blue Valley football team won the 5A state championship in 1991, 1998, 2003, 2006 and 2010. The football team was coached by Steve Rampy who resigned after the 2009 season to become offensive coordinator at Pittsburg State University. Additionally, Steve Rampy once coached the boys' golf team, which won several EKL championships as well as the 2005 5A state championship.[citation needed]

State championships[edit]

State Championships[8]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football 6 1991, 1998, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2013
Tennis, Girls 1 2010
Winter Wrestling 1 1997
Swimming and Diving, Boys 6 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 2011, 2012
Spring Golf, Boys 1 2005
Golf, Girls 2 1977, 1981
Baseball 4 1992, 2008, 2010, 2014
Softball 1 1994
Swimming and Diving,Girls 2 2011, 2012
Total 24

Non-athletic programs[edit]

Blue Valley is known for a myriad of school clubs, from the Environmental Club to the Programming Club to the Hip-Hop Club. Many clubs are required to have teacher sponsors in order to meet. Some school classes are considered co-curricular, such as debate, drill team and Tiger TV. Once a year, around March, the American Cancer Society hosts a Relay For Life event in which approximately 30% of students participate. The event has grown in popularity, with more students participating each year. Additionally, the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Task Force was added in 2008.[citation needed]

Band[edit]

The school has one of the top marching bands in the state of Kansas. The Stridin' Tigers have won several competitions for their shows including Blue Shades (2003), Circuitry (2004), Metamorphosis (2005), Blue (2006), We Came To Play (2007), Dark Side of Oz (2008), Gears (2009), Towards Center (2010), Out of Many (2011), Perpetuity (2012), and Earth Song (2013). The band is currently under the direction of Avian Bear with assistant director Carol Lowman. Prairie Star Middle band director Paul Aubrey, Blue Valley Middle band director Ben Strain, and former band parent Al Hapke also assist the band. The band has traveled around the country and performed at the 1996 and 2000 Orange Bowls and the 2004 Fiesta Bowl.[citation needed]

In April 2007, the band went to Orlando, Florida and placed as band grand champion, edging out perennial powerhouse Westlake High School (from Texas). In addition to this trip, the band went to St. Louis for a Bands of America Super Regional Championship. The band performs at half-time of every Tigers home game and plays in the stands during the game. The band also performs at pep rallies, varsity basketball games, and other school functions.[citation needed]

In May 2006, at the Worlds of Fun contest, the Blue Valley Concert band led by Ben Strain received straight "1" ratings for the first time in the school's history. The 2006 show, "Blue", won 1st place in Class 5A at the Blue Springs Marching Invitational. The show also received fourth place at the Blue Valley Northwest Marching Festival and a Division 2 rating at the Bands of America Super Regional in St. Louis. Blue Valley also had several members qualify for the NEKMEA District and KMEA State Honor Band.[citation needed]

Debate and forensics[edit]

Blue Valley High School is well known throughout the state for being a dominant debate and forensics squad. It is the only school in Kansas debate history to have won the 5A 2-speaker and 4-speaker state tournament in the same year and also the only school in Kansas debate history to have won the 6A 2-speaker and 4-speaker state tournament in the same year.

Notable alumni[edit]

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