Edward C. Reed High School

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Edward C. Reed High School
Motto Learning is a lifelong process
Established Winter, 1974
Type Public
Principal Mary Vesco
Faculty 128
Students 2430
Grades 9-12
Location Sparks, Nevada, USA
Colors Blue and Gold
Mascot Raider
Website www.washoe.k12.nv.us/reed/

Edward C. Reed High School is a public secondary school in Sparks, Nevada and is one of three public high schools run by the Washoe County School District within the city of Sparks. The school was founded in the winter of 1974 to accommodate the ever growing population of students that had flooded Sparks High School's campus.


Edward C. Reed High School is named after Judge Edward C. Reed, Jr., a Senior United States District Judge for the District of Nevada. Before being appointed to the bench in 1979, Judge Reed was a Washoe County School Board Member from 1956 to 1959, and President of the School Board from 1959 to 1977.

1976 was the first graduating class for Reed High. Many of the students were originally a part of the Sparks High Class of 76. The class was split, and Sparks high was home of both Sparks High and Reed High students in the 1974/1975 year. Sparks high has so many students prior to the opening of Reed High, that the school ran three shifts of students, with Seniors and Junior arriving for First period, Sophomores for Second Period, and Freshman arriving for Third Period.

While the school was being built, the district held a vote of future students on what to name the school. Although students decided that the alliteration of Reed Raiders sounded best, the Reed Conquistadors was also a popular choice - garnering the second most votes

The school is known for their athletics in the area and also for its community service projects held annually.


Reed High School has a rich history in athletics winning numerous zone and state titles. The Raiders play in the High Desert League of the Northern Nevada 4A Region (large school). The football team won the league title in 2006 while the girls basketball team won its second consecutive Northern 4A Region title in 2007.


The first Football Division Championship came in 1983 with the school's first undefeated 8-0 regular season as a northern 3A school (the highest league at the time). The year was capped off by two playoff wins (The first year of the playoff system) over perennial champions (Reno and Wooster) and a loss in the state championship game to Gorman 14-12 (10-1). It was also the first time a team from the North was represented in the title game by a team other than Reno or Wooster in more than 20 years. That team, 36 players strong, saw eight seniors receive football scholarships from Division 1 through JC schools. It was the beginning of a long winning tradition in football. Notable players from that team Treavor Molini, Eric Glenn, Uderick Glenn, Sam Ward, Mike Braun, Andy Genansie, Tony Borek, Wes Montgomery, Troy Roberts and Stuart O'Day. In 1997, despite missing the playoffs with a 2 point loss to bitter rival Elko, Reed high school stand out Running Back, (D. Baldwin) set four separate state records. A Career best 78 rushing TD's (1994-1997). And three single season records. (2,234 Rushing yards, 109 solo tackles as a safety and was credited with 18 interceptions) These records still stand today. He was one of the 3 seniors that year to receive Div 1 scholarship offers. Most notably kicker MIke Biselli who still holds the record for longest FG made 67 yards. He went on to become a three year starter for the Stanford Cardinals. In 2004 the Reed Raiders defeated the McQueen Lancers 21-13 for their second Regional Championship, only to lose to Las Vegas High school in the first round of the state championship playoff. During the 2011/2012 season the Reed Raiders were league champions and state runner up to Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas.


The Reed Raider NJROTC Battalion is commanded by C/CDR Joshua Mooney, the Senior Enlisted of the battalion is C/MCPO Eric Stebbins, XO: C/LCDR Eric Adamson, Admin: C/LTJG Anna Oetting, Ops: C/ENS Annabelle Gutierrez, Supply: C/ENS Anthony Simonte, Armed Drill CDR: C/LCDR Josh Hess, Unarmed Drill CDR: C/LTJG Anna Oetting, Color Guard CDR: C/LTJG Anthony Simonte, Rifle Team Capt: C/ENS Joseph Sullivan, Athletics CDR: C/PO1 Eric Adamson


The girls soccer team have won the Northern state championship in 2006, 2007, 2008 coached by Jason Saville and Steve Asher. In 2008, High Desert League coaches recognized eight of Reed's starting 11 in the postseason all-league awards.

Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association State Championships[edit]

  • Basketball (Girls) - 1991, 1992, 1993, 2012
  • Cross Country (Boys) - 1982, 1993
  • Soccer (Boys) - 2001
  • Soccer (Girls) - 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Softball - 1995, 1998
  • Track/Field (Girls) - 1999


The Reed High School Winter Drumline won a Northern California Band Association Championship in 2004. The Reed High School Marching Band won the Governors Cup in 2007 and again in 2009.

We The People[edit]

Reed High School participates in the We The People program, put on for the Center for Civic Education.

In 2008, the Reed High School team won the state competition, and represented Nevada at the national competition.[1] and in 2009, the Reed High School We the People class represented the state of Nevada at nationals and received the Unit One Award.[2]

The Reed High School We the People Class won the Nevada State Competition Finals and will represent Nevada in the national competition for the year 2011.[3]

Notable Alumni[edit]