Fort Vancouver High School

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Fort Vancouver High School
Address
5700 E 18th Street
Vancouver, Washington, Clark County, 98661
USA
Coordinates 45°38′10″N 122°36′44″W / 45.636111°N 122.612317°W / 45.636111; -122.612317Coordinates: 45°38′10″N 122°36′44″W / 45.636111°N 122.612317°W / 45.636111; -122.612317
Information
Type Public
School district Vancouver Public Schools
Principal Scott Parker
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1504[1]
Color(s) Red and white   
Athletics conference WIAA Greater St. Helens 3A
Mascot Trappers Trapper John and Trapper Jane
Website

Fort Vancouver High School, known as FVHS, is a public high school located in Vancouver, Washington. It is named after Fort Vancouver, an early trading outpost (now restored and located near the banks of the Columbia River, a few miles from where the school is located). The FVHS symbol is the Trapper, in reference to the fur trade in the early 19th century by such groups as Hudson's Bay Company voyageurs.

History[edit]

Originally named Vancouver High School, the institution opened in 1888. Classes were first held in the basement of Central School. During 1905-1913, classes were held in the old Franklin School building, then from 1913-1955 in its own building at 26th and Main Street (what is now the corner of Main Street and Fourth Plain Boulevard). The first graduating class was in June 1891, when 12 students (9 girls and 3 boys) received their diplomas. By 1912, 276 students had received diplomas from the high school, before the permanent Vancouver High School was even opened for the 1912-1913 school year. The Vancouver School District decided to change the name of the school in 1956 when a second high school, Hudson's Bay, was built just east of the main downtown area, near Clark College. In the fall of 1970, the campus of Fort Vancouver High School was relocated to its present location in central Vancouver at 5700 E. 18th Street. Less than a decade later, against much public protest, the original classical three-story brick building was torn down.

Tornado[edit]

On the early afternoon of April 5, 1972, a class 3 Fujita scale tornado hit the Portland/Vancouver metro area. The tornado's path changed and did not damage Fort Vancouver High School, however, it destroyed almost all of neighboring elementary school, Peter S. Ogden. Students from Fort Vancouver rushed to the aid of the students and teachers of the elementary school when it collapsed.[2]

Several Fort students witnessed the damage and immediately went to the elementary to provide aid and help get students to safety. A monument "From a Grateful Community" stands at the entrance of the high school today.

Sports[edit]

Fort Vancouver participates in the Greater St. Helens 3A league and is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association (WIAA).

State championships[edit]

  • Baseball: 1990[3]
  • Boys Basketball: 1938
  • Boys Track: 1956

Current[edit]

Fort Vancouver High School has 86 teachers serving a little more than 1500 students. Students at Fort Vancouver have diverse backgrounds and economic status. 16.8% of the students are in Fort Vancouver's ELL (English Language Learning) program and 11.9% are in Special Education.[4] Approximately one-third of Fort Vancouver's students speak a language other than English when at home.[5] Fort Vancouver High School is the only high school in Vancouver School District with an ELL (English Language Learning) program.

Magnets[edit]

Fort Vancouver High School is home to several of the Vancouver School District's "magnet" programs. The Legal, Medical, Culinary Arts, Industrial Arts, and ELL magnets draw students to FVHS for specialized education programs.

The legal magnet is no longer in function at FVHS. Although, their Mock Trial program has for the past 22 years, been the district champion, moving on to the state, and on several occasions, the national level. In the 2012 district competition, they came in first place. The FVHS Legal Magnet is also one of two public high schools in the nation to have a functioning courtroom facility on its campus. The court room is no longer used for actual judicial proceedings from the Washington State Court of Appeals and the Clark County Student Traffic Court.

The Medical Magnet, founded also in 1992, strives to give students an in-depth knowledge of the medical field. Many students who enroll in the program go on to college to pursue degrees in the medical field. The medical magnet leads the students of the FVHS Red Cross Club in organizing blood drives and humanitarian aid projects.

The Culinary Arts Program at FVHS, founded in 1972, is the oldest magnet at FVHS. Students in this program gain a comprehensive knowledge of the hospitality industry as well as the experience of cooking during their class time. Many will intern at the cafes in the VSD headquarters.

The Industrial Arts Magnet provides students with an introduction to the skills necessary for a successful career in the manual trades. Students also gain knowledge of the artistic and practical side of welding and machine technologies.

The ELL program at FVHS is the only one of its kind in the district. Students from diverse backgrounds come together here to learn a common language and culture, to become better acclimated with America. Fort Vancouver has students from all over the world speaking practically every language and it is here in the ELL Magnet that a melting pot of world cultures comes together so that students can learn from one another.[citation needed]

Other Programs[edit]

Students at Fort Vancouver High School can also be involved in Running Start, which allows students to receive both college and high school credits while attending Clark College. Students may also take advantage of vocational programs offered through Clark College. Additionally, some classes at FVHS offer credit through the WSU-Vancouver campus.

Notable alumni[edit]

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