Hurricane High School (West Virginia)

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Hurricane High School
3350 Teays Valley Road
Type Public high school
School district Putnam County Schools
Principal Richard Campbell Assistant Principals- Dewana Pritchard and Linda Thaxton Assistant Principal of Curriculum-' Heather Hawes
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Red and white
Nickname Redskins

Hurricane High School, located in Hurricane, West Virginia, one of the fastest growing counties in the state, is a school of 1,077 students in grades 9-12. It is a part of the Putnam County Schools.

The mission of Hurricane High School is to provide a safe, engaging environment for the nurturing of critical, creative thinkers who communicate effectively and are successful, productive, ethical citizens.

School Demographics[edit]

The most recent statistics indicate that Hurricane High School student body consists of the following racial/ethnic demographics:

94% Caucasian

2% African American

1% Asian

1% Arab

2% Other

Additionally, 25% of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.


Hurricane High School has eight National Board Certified Teachers - two in the science department, three in the mathematics department, one in the business department, one in the Language Arts department, and one in the social studies department.

Hurricane High School regularly scores above average for the state of West Virginia in the yearly WESTEST. In 2006, 84% of 10th graders scored proficiently on the WESTEST Reading Section (state average was 76%), 95% on the WESTEST Science Section (state average was 87%), and 81% on the WESTEST Math Section (state average was 69%).

Advanced Placement courses offered at Hurricane High School include: AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Language, AP Literature, AP US History, AP Government, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, AP Psychology, AP Physics, AP Studio Art, and AP European History. Several students also take AP courses through the West Virginia Virtual School program. Students who pass (score of 3 or higher) can usually count that cost toward college as many colleges accept those scores in lieu of classes.[1]

Hurricane High School is a 21st Century School of Excellence. Since 2008, Hurricane has been named as one of the nation's best high schools by Newsweek magazine. Since 2009, Hurricane High School has been a West Virginia Exemplary School.

The class of 2007 received millions of dollars in scholarship monies, collectively. In addition, they had one National Merit Finalist and one National Merit Scholar.

Hurricane High School offers National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Science Honor Society and National Art Honor Society for high achieving students who meet the requirements.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Hurricane High School's sports teams are classified as AAA by the West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletic Commission and regularly make the state playoffs in football, baseball, and soccer.

Hurricane High School has won seven state championship in team sports since the inception of the playoff system in West Virginia. The 2002 and 2014 Redskin baseball team won the AAA Baseball State Championship at Watt Powell Park and Appalachian Power Park, respectively, in Charleston and the 2007 and the 2008 golf teams won the AAA State Championship for Hurricane. In the 2012 Soccer Season, the boys' soccer team won the state championship. In 2013, the girls' softball team won the school's first state softball championship. In 2014, the girls track team won the state championship at Laidley Field.

Hurricane is also known nationally for its stellar music program. The Hurricane High School Marching Band finished the season ranked 11th nationally by the Tournament of Bands Marching Band Circuit and for the 2007 season, with its pit and drumline ranked 5th nationally, and is currently undefeated in competitions. The band is under the direction of Sam Leffingwell, Jr.

Hurricane High School's "Red Hot" Show Choir is an seven-time state champion and regularly competes in West Virginia and Ohio. They have also been invited to perform in Walt Disney World and Trump Tower in New York City. Red Hot's Accomplishments include over 20 Grand Championships along with awards for Best Vocal Sound, Best Choreography, Best Instrumental Ensemble, Best Show Concept, Best Costumes, Best Male and Female Vocalists, Best Technical Stage Crew, and placed third at the 2006 Showstoppers National Show Choir Invitational in New York City. Red Hot is currently under the direction of Kaitlin Despain.

With diverse clubs and curricula each student has the opportunity to reach his or her potential in a warm and safe environment. Such clubs as the [Teenage Republicans|TARS]], YDA, Key Club, DECA, Quiz Bowl, Future Scientists and Engineers, ChemClub, Read Aloud Volunteers, RAZE (an anti-smoking group), Fellowship of Christian Athletes,Youth Alive, FBLA, 24/7 club, and many more.

Most Valuable Redskin[edit]

Each year, Hurricane High School honors students who exhibit notable characteristics. These characteristics include:

1. Values education and strives to reach his/her learning potential.  
2.  Sets goals and accomplishes them.  
3.  Participates in activities and enhances them through his/ hr involvement.  
4.  Maintains good school attendance.  
5. Exhibits strong character, integrity, and loyalty.  
6.  Exhibits an optimistic outlook on life.  
7.  Interacts with others in a warm friendly manner.  
8.  Turns setbacks into victories.  
9.  Recognizes his/her teachers, peers, and family as valuable human beings.  
10.  Takes risks and shares new experiences with others.  
11.  Values friendship.  
12.  Takes pride in his/her accomplishments and celebrates the accomplishments of others.  
13.  Represents his/her school well at extracurricular and community events.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Doc Holliday - Current head coach of the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team.

Alex Wilson - Major League Baseball World Series champion pitcher.


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