Jefferson City High School
|Jefferson City High School|
|Jefferson City, Missouri, United States|
|Motto||"Pride Through Excellence"|
|Principals||Mr. Paul Dodson|
|Number of students||2000|
|Colors||Red and black|
The Jefferson City Public School district was established in 1838, but the first separate high school building was not built until 1905, with the creation of what is now the Simonsen 9th Grade Center. The current high school building opened on January 22, 1964 and houses 10th-12th graders.
Jefferson City High School serves approximately 1805 students grades 10-12. The school began operating under a 4x4 Block Schedule in the 2000-01 school year. Students attend 4 classes a day for approximately 90-minute periods. Students have the opportunity to earn 2 credits per year with grades and credits issued in each of four 9-week terms. Jefferson City High School is designated an A+ high school by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The school is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students may earn college credit from Lincoln University through approved courses on the JCHS campus during regular school hours.
Since its beginnings, Jefferson City High School has proven to be one of the most successful schools for athletics in the state, competing in the top ranks of almost every sport. Since 1976, the Jays athletic teams combined have earned 35 state championships, 2 second-place state finishes, 118 top-four state finishes, and 225 district titles.
The Jays baseball program has had 17 district championships since 1976, and have played their way to three top-four finishes, and one state championship in 1989.
The Jay basketball program has combined for 23 district championships between the boys and girls. The boys have also received one state championship, in 1993. Since 1976, the boys and girls have combined for eight top-four finishes: the girls with 3, and the boys with 6.
Since the inception of the state football championship tournament, the Jays have won 10 state championships, more than any other school in Missouri, followed by Kansas City Rockhurst's nine. In 2004, JCHS became the first public high school to win 600 games. During the 1960s, the team had the highest winning percentage in the nation for that period in time: 94.8%. Their longest winning streak, 71 games, ended after 1966, and at the time was also the nation's longest winning streak. State championships were won in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, and 1997. They were football state finalist in 1979 and 1998.
Since 1976, the Jays soccer teams have had nine district championships and one top-four state finish.
Since 1976, the Lady Jays Softball team has had ten district championships and six top-four state finishes. They won a state championship in 2009.
Track and Field
The Jays track and field program has combined for 44 district championships between the boys and girls, along with 28 finishes in the top four. State titles were won in Boys: 1978, 1993, 2004 Girls: 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008.
Cross Country The Jays and Lady Jays rank second in state meet appearances, in all classes. The Jays and Lady Jays rank 4th in top four finishes boys 11 girls 12. The Jays won the state title in 1996, the Lady Jays in 1994. They have a combined 6 runner up finishes . The boys and girls have both won 19 district titles for a total of 38
The Lady Jays volleyball team has nine district championships, along with three top-four state finishes.
Since 1976, the Jays wrestling squad has won 18 district titles, and has also earned three top-four state finishes. The team won a state championship in 1997.
Speech and Debate
As of the 2010-2011 school year, the Jefferson City Speech and Debate team is ranked 102nd among the National Forensic League's (NFL) 2,800 teams, placing it around the top three percent in the U.S  In November it ranked first in the Eastern Missouri NFL district, in which there are thirty schools total. In March 2011, the team qualified three students to the NFL national tournament and nine students to the Missouri State High School Activities Association state tournament.
- Matt Blunt: Governor of Missouri between 2005 and 2009
- Jim Dyck, Former MLB player (St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds)
- Justin Gage (NFL: Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans)
- Steve Martin (NFL: Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings)
- Dennis Meyer (NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Justin Smith (All-American: 1997)(NFL: Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers)
- Gravity Kills, Industrial Rock Band, Matt Dudenhoeffer, Doug Firley, Kurt Kerns, Jeff Scheel
- Sylvester Williams:2013 1st round pick of the Denver Broncos