Edina High School

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Edina Gets High School
Edina High School (emblem).png
Address
6754 Valley View Road
Edina, Minnesota, United States of America
Coordinates 44°52′59″N 93°22′36″W / 44.8830399°N 93.3766162°W / 44.8830399; -93.3766162[1]Coordinates: 44°52′59″N 93°22′36″W / 44.8830399°N 93.3766162°W / 44.8830399; -93.3766162[1]
Information
Type Public
Established 1949
Principal Dr. Bruce Locklear
Number of students 1,940
Campus Suburban
Color(s)           Kelly green and White
Athletics Lake Conference
Mascot Hornet
Website

Edina High School is a three-year public high school located in Edina, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. The school was founded in 1949 and is the main high school in the Edina School District. The current student population is 1,940.

Edina High School ranks 197th nationally according to U.S. News & World Report.[2] Minnesota Department of Education certified Edina as a "Five Star School" and the U. S. Department of Education recognized it as a "National School of Excellence". Newsweek ranked the school #89 in their "List of the 69 Top High Schools in America",[3] and the Grammy Foundation selected it as one of forty-two "Signature Schools" recognizing Edina's contributions to music education. Ninety-five percent of seniors go on to college and eighty-six percent finish in five years. A recent survey conducted 10 years after graduation showed that 30% of Edina graduates completed graduate school degrees or were pursuing graduate degrees.[4]

Following a review of over 30,000 U.S. High Schools in 2005, Sports Illustrated ranked the Edina High School athletic program 8th in the Country.[citation needed]

History teacher Lonni Skrentner was selected Minnesota History Teacher of the Year in 2004 by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She is currently serving on the Edina School Board. 72% of Edina High School teachers hold advanced, specialist, or doctoral degrees. In 2012, English Teacher Jacqueline Roehl was selected Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

A second high school, Edina West High School, opened in 1973 adjacent to Valley View Junior High. At that time, what was known as Edina High School was renamed Edina East High School. However, due to declining enrollment Edina East was closed in 1981 and became the Edina Community Center while Edina West became Edina High School.

In November 2003, city of Edina residents passed an $85.8 million bond referendum[5] to renovate all school facilities in the district, with the high school undergoing major renovations. Construction began on the high school in May 2004 and was completed in 2007.

History[edit]

Edina High School Main Entrance

Before a high school opened in Edina, students looking to extend their education past eighth grade had to find their way down to the old Central High School at 4th Avenue and South 11th Street in Minneapolis.[6] By the 1940s some Edina students in grades 10 through 12 attended private high schools. Of those who could not afford to attend a private high school, some were enrolled at St. Louis Park High School while many others were being "farmed out" to West and Southwest High Schools in Minneapolis. In 1941, Minneapolis schools raised their tuition for out-of-city students, and despite the increase, Edina residents voted to pay the increased tuition rather than build their own high school.

During the mid-1940s, support for an Edina-Morningside junior and senior high school was increasing. However, World War II and the resulting shortage of building materials delayed construction of the Edina-Morningside Junior and Edina-Morningside Senior High School. But after the war, support for the new school began to resurface. Two sites for the new school had the most support. One was on the property that is currently occupied by the Edina Country Club near 50th Street and Wooddale Avenue and the other was at West 56th Street and Normandale Road. Although the 50th and Wooddale site was the center of the village's population at the time, the 56th and Normandale site was nearer to the school district's geographic center and was the eventual site chosen to build the new school.

The first high school to open in Edina, later known as Edina East, is now the site of the Edina Community Center and Normandale Elementary School. It was built as a combination high school/junior high. A $1.25 million school bond issue was passed in 1946 by the residents of Edina and ground was broken in October 1947. A year later the school was dedicated. It was not until the fall of 1949 that classes began and it was at that time that the student body chose the school colors (green and white) and the school mascot, the Hornet. The school had 28 classrooms, 11 special rooms and laboratories, a library and a special radio room. In 1952, one year after the first class graduated, a gymnasium and auditorium were added to the building.

In the 1960s, the high school was becoming overcrowded. As a result, on October 20, 1970, a $9.255 million bond issue was approved by voters to construct a new high school attached to Valley View Junior High School. Construction of the new high school began on May 24, 1971 and the school was opened in the fall of 1972. The Edina East High School retained the "Hornets" and Edina West High School became the "Cougars."

In 1981 Edina East was closed and Edina West was renamed Edina High School. The newly unified school decided on the "Hornets" nickname. Part of the old high school building was converted to the Edina kindergarten center in 1987 and the Edina Senior Center. Today the building is used as a community center, housing the French Immersion K-5 elementary school, the school district's main offices and the school district's Welcome Center.

Extracurricular[edit]

  • Under the 'Youth Serving Youth' program, there are countless clubs which students can participate in, such as STAND, Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity, United 4 UNICEF, and the Edina Recycling Team which is called Project Earth.
  • The school yearbook is titled Windigo
  • The school newspaper is Zephyrus, and is a member of the High School National Ad Network
  • The school has a student-published literary arts magazine entitled Images
  • Theater: In 2011, Edina was the first high school in Minnesota to perform on the Main Stage of the International Thespian Festival in over forty years, where they performed Anything Goes
  • Debate: Edina has a nationally recognized debate team, which has been nationally ranked in the recent past (16th in 2009-10 [2] and 19th in 2010-11 [3])
  • Edina has a robotics team, 'The Green Machine'
  • Edina's high school hockey team (and to a lesser extent the city as a whole) is known as the Cake Eaters by the majority of the state of Minnesota. The phrase gained notability through a reference in the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks.

Athletics[edit]

Edina High School is a member of the Lake Conference of the Minnesota State High School League. Previously a member of the Lake Conference and the Classic Lake Conference, the school joined the new Lake Conference in 2010. Edina claims 149 high school state championships, a state record, with most of them earned in tennis, swimming, and boys hockey. In 2000, the school was recognized as the first school in the state of Minnesota to win more than 100 state championships. The boys' hockey team has won a state-record eleven [7] championships, eight under Willard Ikola alone. Seven of the championships were won under Edina and three were won under Edina East when the district was split into two different schools, Edina East and Edina West. However, the Minnesota State High School League does not count Edina East and Edina as the same school. Edina held the record for most consecutive state championships in girls tennis with fifteen from 1978 to 1992.[8] In 2012, Edina broke their own record and have now been State Champions seventeen years in a row.

In 2005 Sports Illustrated ranked Edina as the 8th best sports program in the United States.

Key: E = Edina East, W = Edina West

State Championships
Athletic
Season Sport Number of MSHL Championships Year
Fall Football 1[1] 1978W
Gymnastics, Boys 3 1982, 1984, 1990
Tennis, Girls 32[2] 1978E, 1979E, 1980E, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Swimming, Girls 13 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1999[3], 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012
Soccer, Boys 3 1999, 2000, 2001
Soccer, Girls 1 1986
Winter Basketball, Boys 3 1966, 1967, 1968
Basketball, Girls 1 1988
Hockey, Boys 12[2] 1969, 1971, 1974E, 1978E, 1979E, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1997, 2010, 2013, 2014
Gymnastics, Girls 4 1979W, 1980E, 1981W, 1985
Swimming, Boys 10 1965, 1967, 1968, 1984, 1986, 1987, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010
Cheerleading 2 2009, 2010
Skiing, Nordic Boys 2 1981W, 1988
Skiing, Alpine Boys 5 1979W, 1980W, 1982, 1999, 2002
Skiing, Alpine Girls 9 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009
Spring Baseball 2 1968, 1983
Golf, Boys 6 1954, 1970, 1973W, 1977W, 1978W, 1987
Tennis, Boys 24[2] 1959, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973E, 1975E, 1978E, 1979E, 1980W, 1981E, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009
Track, Boys 3 1969, 1970, 1975W
Golf, Girls 7 1983, 1984, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997
Total Athletic 143[2]
Non-Athletic
Winter Policy Debate 4 1971, 1979W, 2002, 2005, 2012
Lincoln-Douglas Debate 2 2002, 2003
FIRST Robotics 5 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Total Non-Athletic 11[1]
Total 154[1]
  1. ^ Prior to the inception of the Minnesota State High School League football tournament, the Edina Hornets were ranked #1 in the state for the following years: 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1971
  2. ^ Denotes state record
  3. ^ The 1999 state championship was a tie between Eden Prairie High School and Edina High School; this was the first tie at a state championship in Minnesota

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