Blue Valley Northwest High School
|Blue Valley Northwest High School|
|13260 Switzer Road 
Overland Park, Kansas, 66213
|School type||Public, High School|
|School district||USD 229 |
|CEEB Code||172296 |
|Principal||Dr. Amy Murphy|
|Color(s)||Purple, Black and White
|Athletics conference||Eastern Kansas League|
|Rivals||Blue Valley North
Blue Valley West
Blue Valley High School
Blue Valley Southwest
Blue Valley Northwest High School (BVNW) is a high school in Overland Park, Kansas. It is part of the Blue Valley Unified School District. Blue Valley Northwest is one of several schools located within the city limits of Overland Park. In the 2009 Newsweek ranking of the top 1,500 high schools in the United States, Blue Valley Northwest was ranked #364, the highest in the district and the state. The school has been ranked in the top 700 since 2005. In 2010, Blue Valley Northwest was selected as one of the six finalists for the first annual Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge, sponsored by the Department of Education under the Obama administration.
Blue Valley Northwest is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and offers a variety of sports programs. Athletic teams compete in the 6A division and are known as the "Huskies". Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs. Notable alumni include Olympic gold-medalist, Christie Ambrosi.
Ten courses, mainly for motivated freshmen and sophomores, are designated as "Honors" classes. In addition, nineteen Advanced Placement courses for college credit are offered. Students taking Honors or Advanced Placement courses receive weighted GPAs.
In 2009, Blue Valley Northwest students achieved an average ACT score of 24.8 out of 36 and an average SAT score of 1772 out of 2400. The class of 2009 also had seven National Merit Finalists and eleven National Advanced Placement Scholars, both by far the highest in the district.
The Huskies compete in the Eastern Kansas League and are classified as a 6A-5A school according to the KSHSAA. Throughout its history, Blue Valley Northwest has won several state championships in various sports. Many graduates have gone on to participate in Division I, Division II, and Division III athletics.
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Fall||Soccer, Boys||2||2006, 2013|
|Volleyball||3||1996, 1997, 2000|
|Cross Country, Girls||1||2007|
|Winter||Swimming and Diving, Boys||2||1994, 1996|
|Swimming and Diving, Girls||4||1995, 1996, 1997, 2008|
|Basketball, Boys||2||2013, 2014|
|Tennis, Girls||2||2000, 2001|
|Soccer, Girls||3||2011, 2013, 2014|
BVNW's orchestra has received a 1 (the best) ranking every year the school has been open. Students in the orchestra also have auditioned and represented the BVNW in local, state, and national orchestras.
Yearbook and Newspaper
The school's yearbook is called Horizon, the newspaper is called "The Express", the school broadcast news program is called Husky Headlines and the school's literary magazine is called The Muse. The Horizon and Husky Headlines have been nominated for several Pacemaker awards, and in 2004, under editors Lauren Luhrs, Julia Wald, and Kaitlin Harrell, the "Horizon" won the Pacemaker Award, the only time a Blue Valley publication has received the honor. The school newspaper, The Express is a member of the High School National Ad Network. At the April 2007 JEA conference in Denver, "The Express" was voted the number one newsmagazine. At the November 2007 JEA conference in Philadelphia, the newsmagazine was rated sixth.
- The school hosted the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) Conference in June 2007.
- Christie Ambrosi, a member of the 2000 Olympic USA softball team, which won the gold medal.
- Arash Ferdowsi, co-founder of Dropbox file hosting service.
- Michael McMillian (Class of 1997), actor known for his roles as Henry Gibson on What I Like About You and Steve Newlin on True Blood.
- Blue Valley Unified School District
- Other Blue Valley High Schools:
- GNIS for Blue Valley Northwest High School; USGS; November 16, 2006.
- USD 229
- High School CEEB Code Search
- America's Top Public High Schools - Newsweek and The Daily Beast
- President Obama, Department of Education Announce Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge Finalists | The White House
- Counseling - School Information ~ High School Profile
- "State Records & State Champions" (English). Retrieved 2010-02-05.[dead link]
- NSPA - Contest Winners
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