Joplin High School
|Joplin High School|
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|Principal||Dr. Kerry Sachetta|
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Joplin High School is a comprehensive public high school in Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, USA. The first high school was founded in 1885. In 2010, JHS had a student population of 2,223 students in grades 9-12. Joplin High School is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Joplin High School is also a designated Missouri A+ School of Excellence. Franklin Technology Center, a vocational and technical education school, offers secondary and adult education classes.
In 1885, Joplin High School began with just a few students and was located where the current Memorial Hall now stands on 8th and Joplin Ave. Three years later diplomas were awarded for the first graduating class. Soon thereafter, as the population of Joplin grew around the start of the 20th century, so did the number of students graduating annually. In the early of days of public secondary education, not everyone attended high school. However, with the comprehensive high school movement and expanded curriculum offerings in the early 1900s many students persisted with their education. Following the inception of Joplin High School in 1885, there was one public high school until 1933. However, from 1934 to 1956 Joplin had two public high schools. In addition to the program offered at Joplin Senior High School, Lincoln High School offered African-American students a high school education. In the late 1950s, Lincoln High School students joined up with Joplin Senior High School students and attended school together at the present location at 2104 Indiana Avenue. Later, in 1968, Joplin High School split into two high schools, one named Parkwood at 2104 Indiana Avenue and the other was named Memorial High School at 310 W. 8th Street. Joplin had two public high schools for the next 17 years until the two schools came back together to form Joplin High School for the 1985-1986 school year and until the present time. Since 1885 over 34,400 students have graduated from public high school in Joplin.
Extensive renovations completed in 2003, included a new library/media center, science classrooms, a renovated performance theater, and an expanded cafeteria. In 2005, a 1,300 sq ft (120 m2) studio for the television station (JET-14) was added to the JHS campus which offers students the opportunity to create television programming using industry-standard television equipment. The JHS campus also includes Kaminsky Gymnasium and baseball, soccer, and softball fields (on campus), as well as an off-campus Junge Field.
On May 22, 2011, a tornado that killed 161 people in Joplin extensively damaged the high school and Franklin Tech. The high school's graduation ceremonies had just taken place about three miles away on the Missouri Southern State University campus shortly before the tornado struck. According to principal Kerry Sachetta, "You see pictures of World War II, the devastation and all that with the bombing. That's really what it looked like. I couldn't even make out the side of the building. It was total devastation in my view. I just couldn't believe what I saw." In the weeks after the tornado, it was determined that the campus was irreparable and would need to be completely rebuilt. Planning for a temporary school began four days after the May 22 tornado. School officials announced in June 2011 that juniors and seniors in the 2011-12 class (and possibly later) would attend classes in a section of Northpark Mall. Classes began in the renovated former Shopko location as scheduled on August 17, 2011.
In 2012 Jim Spellman of CNN said "There is an uncommon maturity to the students at Joplin High School. Two students from the school died, many others lost their homes, and all are part of a battered and bruised community."
Campus and facilities
Since August 2011 the school has been located in a renovated former Shopko store at Northpark Mall. The design of this temporary facility was awarded the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International's 2012 James D. MacConnell Award for excellence in school design.
Franklin Tech has been relocated to temporary facilities in multiple locations in Joplin.
On May 22, 2012, the groundbreaking ceremony was held marking the start of construction of the new permanent replacement school. Construction costs for the new 400,000-square-foot high facility, which includes a 70,000-square-foot vocational technical center, are expected to be $92.2 million. The school is planned to open in 2014.
College and career readiness programs
Joplin High School offers and extensive array of courses including Advanced Placement (AP) courses, College Dual Credit courses, Articulated Credit courses for some colleges, On-Line and Blended Courses, the Missouri Option diploma program, and a Flex Diploma Program (named Eagle Flex). In addition, Joplin High School works closely with Franklin Technology Center. Franklin Tech offers a wide variety of career programs for high school students and adults, adult basic education and GED preparation classes, and a comprehensive offering of Community Education classes. Vocational training has been available through Franklin Technology Center for over seventy years. FTC is a Southwest Missouri area vocational school managed by the Joplin R-VIII School District and accredited by the North Central Association on Accreditation and School Improvement and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation, an alliance of the premier American educational accrediting agencies.
Athletics and co-curricular activities
Joplin High School offers more than 20 sports and is a member of the Missouri State High School Activities Association. JHS students have over 35 clubs and organizations to choose for student involvement. Joplin High School has won state championships in several sports over the years and is a member of the Ozark Conference. The JHS Band performs and competes at high level at many local and state competitions; Has also a very successful Winterguard and Winter Drumline.
- Aaron Buerge, reality show participant in The Bachelor
- Robert Cummings, actor
- Christofer Drew Ingle (Never Shout Never) (dropped out before graduation), musician
- Preston Lacy, actor
- Steve Luebber, Former MLB player (Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles)
- Jamie McMurray, 2010 winner of the Daytona 500
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