East High School (Sioux City, Iowa)

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Sioux City East High School
5011 Mayhew Avenue
Sioux City, Iowa

United States
Coordinates 42°27′09″N 96°20′25″W / 42.4524°N 96.3403°W / 42.4524; -96.3403Coordinates: 42°27′09″N 96°20′25″W / 42.4524°N 96.3403°W / 42.4524; -96.3403
Type Public
Established 1920
School district Sioux City Community Schools
NCES School ID 192640001504
Faculty 82.80 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 1,286[1] (2009–10)
Student to teacher ratio 15.53:1[1]
Athletics conference Missouri River Conference
Mascot Black Raider

Sioux City East High School is a public high school located in Sioux City, Iowa. It is part of Sioux City Community Schools.


Sioux City East High School was founded in 1920 and its original location was on Morningside Avenue just across the street from Morningside College. In 1972, the Sioux City Community School district put in the plan to build three brand new high schools for all three public schools. East then moved to Mayhew Avenue, which is located by the Southern Hills Mall in Sioux City. East was one of three other public schools to be founded in Sioux City along with Leeds, Riverside, and Central high schools. The private school in Sioux City at that time was Trinity and Cathedral high schools which now make up Bishop Heelan High School. Trinity primarily consisted of all male and Cathedral was all female. Sioux City East is the only High School in Sioux City to remain in its original state. Riverside became what is now Sioux City West and Central became Sioux City North. East has also kept its same mascot, the Black Raider since its existence. However because of restrictions on their logo, East had to change their logo from a native war like figure to a Raider who more resembled a Knight.[2]


Sioux City East has sports for both boys and girls that includes football, basketball, softball, track, baseball, golf, soccer, tennis, and bowling. Both the East boy’s and girl’s compete in the Missouri River Activities Conference. East High has three Iowa class 4A state championships which include a football state championship in 1984 over Waterloo West and boys' state basketball championships in 1935 and 2002. The Black Raider boys’ basketball program has made 17 state tournament appearances in which they have made it to the Iowa High School Boy’s State Basketball Tournament 9 out of the last 12 years. In 2012, the East boys made it to the championship game, in which they lost to Iowa City West. The previous game they defeated then undefeated Ankeny High School in overtime, which was seen[by whom?] as one of the most memorable games in Iowa state tournament history. Former head coach Jeff Vanderloo is first in all time coaching wins in Sioux City history with 311. Vanderloo is now the director of basketball operations at Creighton University. His brother Ras Vanderloo is now the head coach of the Black Raider boys’ basketball team. Black Raider football has made it to the Iowa high school playoffs 21 times.

Sioux Interstate Conference[edit]

The Sioux Interstate conference was an athletic conference that was composed of all the Sioux City and Sioux Falls High schools. The conference include O’Gorman, Roosevelt, Washington, and Lincoln high schools from Sioux Falls, and East, West, North, and Bishop Heelan from Sioux City. The conference disbanded in 2001 after the formation of the Missouri River Activities conference which includes all the Sioux City high schools and Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.

Show Choir[edit]

Sioux City East is critically acclaimed and well known for its Show Choir programs. East has three different programs which include Impulse, which is an all-girls group, New Sound, which is both boys and girls and Headliners. Headliners are nationally known for its critically acclaimed performances and its success competing at Nationals. Directed by Serina Jolivette, Headliners is a show choir program that includes both boys and girls. In October 2010, under the direction of Heath Weber, Headliners were recognized as Parade Magazines top 25 show choirs in the nation. Within the Parade competition to feature on Glee, Headliners finished in the top 3 of this competition, along with Touch of Class, Chantilly High School - Chantilly VA, and Center Stage, Preble High School - Green Bay, WI. In 2007 the show choir competed in Los Angeles in which they received a top honor for their performance.[3] In 2014, the Headliners received second place and best band at FAME Chicago, as well as being eligible to compete in Nationals, also held in Chicago.


“Eastop” or East Stop is the student run store located in the Commons of East High School. Supervised by Kelly Sales, a business teacher at East, the Eastop opened in the fall of 2008. Students can purchase Black Raider apparel, school supplies, snacks, and various other novelties at the store. Eastop also sells their apparel at various Black Raider athletic events. The store gives students the opportunity to see how a business is run, and it gives them the understanding of the responsibility that comes with having a job.[4]

Modern East High[edit]

Sioux City East just unveiled a brand new science wing in the fall of 2010. This science center offers state of the art technology in which students have the opportunity to experience the most updated technology, plus wall-mounted LCD TVs hanging on the walls. East also renovated the gym in 2012 with a brand new basketball court and improved seating. The auditorium was renovated in early 2009 with new black seats that have red fabric (replacing the original yellow seats that had orange fabric), and later replaced the original tan stage curtains with the red ones in early 2010. They also have a school website which provides up to date information about coming events and information for students and parents.


  1. ^ a b c "East High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved April 24, 2012. "Total Students: 1,286 (2009-2010)" 
  2. ^ 2012, East High School
  3. ^ 2012, Black Raiders
  4. ^ 2012,East High School


  • East High School Website (2012)
  • Black Raiders Home Page
  • "Sioux City East High School", MaxPreps (2012)
  • ShowChoir.com

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