Grand Island Senior High School (Nebraska)

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Grand Island Senior High
2124 Lafayette Avenue
Grand Island, Nebraska

United States
Coordinates 40°56′33″N 98°21′56″W / 40.94250°N 98.36556°W / 40.94250; -98.36556Coordinates: 40°56′33″N 98°21′56″W / 40.94250°N 98.36556°W / 40.94250; -98.36556
Type Public
Motto "Every Student, Every Day, A Success"
School district Grand Island Public Schools
Faculty 118.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 2,189[1] (2011–12)
Student to teacher ratio 16.2:1[1]
Color(s) Purple and Gold
Mascot Islander
Team name Islanders
Rival Kearney High School

Grand Island Senior High is the only high school in the Grand Island Public Schools (GIPS) system. It has had several buildings over its history. The official mascot is the Islander, a tall man in a tropical grass skirt.

Current building[edit]

The current building has been located on 2124 Lafayette Avenue since the 1950s. Originally the structure had four main wings, two gymnasiums, and an auditorium. In 1994, the City of Grand Island approved a major addition to the school due to an increasing student population. The addition, completed in 1997, included a fifth wing on the main floor, a sixth wing built above the fifth, a second cafeteria, and a three-court gymnasium.[2]

Former buildings[edit]

The first school by this name was located on the corner of Walnut and 1st Street, now a parking lot, from 1879 to 1874. It was a K-12 school, built on land donated by the Union Pacific railroad, and named the Dodge School after Major General Grenville M. Dodge, chief engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad.

In 1908, a new building was built for high school students at 10th Street and Walnut. Two new wings were later added, which are the only parts of the building surviving today.[citation needed]

In 1925, a new building was constructed at 500 Walnut Street; the 1908 building was turned into a junior high school.

In 1955, a fourth building was constructed in the 2100 block of Lafayette Avenue and its predecessor became Walnut Junior High.[3] In 1999, the Walnut Street building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

In the late 1990s, a two story section was added onto the main building.[5]

Memorial Stadium[edit]

The campus has its own stadium, "Memorial Stadium," which is dedicated to past wars.

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Grand Island Senior High Sch". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved on 2009-05-28. "Students: 2,011 (2009-2010)"
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  3. ^ Budde, Eugene J. "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Grand Island Senior High School". Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  4. ^ "Nebraska National Register Sites in Hall County". Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
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