Overland High School
|Overland High School|
|12400 East Jewell Avenue, Aurora, Colorado 80012
|Type||Public secondary school|
|Motto||"Success for Every Student"|
|Color(s)||Navy blue and Kelly green|
Overland High School, located in Aurora, Colorado, and part of the Cherry Creek School District, opened in 1978. Overland High School is a comprehensive public, suburban, college-oriented institution. Overland High School is accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges and by the Colorado State Department of Education. Overland High School was selected to be on Newsweek America's Top High Schools 2010 list.
Construction has been completed for a state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM Center. The STEM center is built on the esplanade between Prairie Middle School and Overland High School. The 58,000-square-foot (5,400 m2) center opened in August 2011. It serves 6th through 12th graders. Programming includes the following areas of concentration for students providing opportunities to compete for global opportunities leading to careers in Aerospace, Bio science, Energy, Medicine and Information Technology.
In 2012-2013 the number of students enrolled in Overland High School was 2,211.
Overland is one of the most diverse schools not only in Colorado, but also in the United States.
- 40.2% African American
- 30.9% White
- 22% Hispanic
- 6.22% Asian
- 0.7% American Indian
Class of 2013
- Three Daniel's Fund Scholarship Awardees
Class of 2010
- One National Merit Scholar
- One National Merit Finalist
- Two National Merit Semifinalists
- Two National Merit Commended students
- One National Hispanic Scholar
Overland High School has an up-and-coming AP Department. Advanced placement classes are offered in the English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, World Language, and Visual Art Departments. Overland offers the following Advanced Placement Classes:
- AP English Language & Composition (11th grade)
- AP English Literature & Composition (12th grade)
- AP Human Geography (9-12)
- AP Psychology (11-12)
- AP U.S. Government and Politics (10)
- AP U.S. History (11)
- AP World History (12)
- AP Statistics (11-12)
- AP Calculus AB (based on math scores)
- AP Calculus BC (based on math scores)
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Biology (10-12)
- AP Chemistry (10-12)
- AP Physics B (10-12)
- AP Physics C (must have taken a previous physics course)
World Language: based on acceleration
- AP French Language
- AP Spanish Language
- AP Spanish Literature
- AP Computer Science A
- AP Studio Art
- AP Art History
Clubs and activities
The following is a list of all clubs and activities available to participate in at Overland High School:
African American Male Leadership
Black Women's Leadership
BSA (Black Student Alliance)
DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)
Dream High (Asian Pop Culture Dance)
ECA (Eastern Culture Awareness "Ohana")
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
FCCLA (Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America)
FIRST Robotics Team
Hip Hop Club
International Thespian Society
Marching Band and Color Guard
Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta)
Men's Health Club (MHC)
MSA (Muslim Student Association)
NHS (National Honor Society)
Newspaper (The Scout)
NUTS (Never Underestimate The Spirit)
OTV (Overland Television)
Props and Costumes Crew
FIRST Robotics Club
Spanish Club (Danza Amigos) / Spanish Honor Society
Speech and Debate
Student Council/Student Government
Techies (Theater Tech)
Tepochcalli (Latino/Latina Leadership)
TSA (Technology Student Association)
Yearbook (The Trail)
Overland High School won the Colorado 6A State Championship in 1993, and made it to the 5A state Championship in 1995, 2003.
The Overland Cross Country team made their first appearance in a decade at the Colorado State Championships during the 2012 season. They finished 25th.
Overland High School won the Colorado 3A State Championship in 1990.
The men's soccer team won the 5A State Championship in 1995. Centennial league champions 2006. J.V coach Ed Davis Varsity coach Mazen Kayali
The track team was Centennial League Champions in 2007, and ranked third in the state. Jeremy Rankin was the 2008 National prep leader in the 60m dash, and also named Gatorade Athlete of the Year. Overland High School also set the Colorado State record in the 4 by 100 meter relay in 2008. Jeremy Rankin had the Colorado State record in the 100 meter dash, of 10.32 but it was recently broken in 2012. Kraig Kleiner Class of 2009 was ranked 15th in the Mile in Colorado, 20th in the 800 meter sprint, on the 4 by 800 meter relay that was ranked 14th in the State and 22nd in the 2-Mile run.
In 2009-10 Overlands gymnastics team won state. And again they won state in 2011-2012. Overland's boys gymnastics teams were ranked number 1 in the nation in 1986 and 1987 and won three state gymnastics championships between 1985 and 1987. The women's gymnastics team was the first team at Overland to win a state championship.
The Poms team won state* in the fall of 2010 and 2011 going for back-to-back championships. In 2011-2012 they went on to nationals and ended up placing eleventh in the nation.
Men's and Women's
- Jay Bennish's comparison of President George W. Bush to Hitler
- Human Unity Circle on Earth Day, attempt at breaking Guinness World Record
- Conflict between student run newspaper and administration
- Carly McKinney "Crunk Bear" fiasco 
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- Scott Bentley,'93, former kicker for the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, and Washington Redskins 
- T. J. Cunningham,'91, former safety for the Seattle Seahawks
- John Grahame, '93, goaltender for the Lake Erie Monsters
- Brian Kelly, '94, cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions 
- Sean Moran, '91, former defensive end for the Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers
- Eddie Gill, NBA basketball player
- Brian Givens, Former MLB player (Milwaukee Brewers)
- Stuart Gray[disambiguation needed], '84, Spacecraft Engineer: MGS, Stardust, Genesis, MER, Deep Impact, Kepler
- Brendan Schaub, '01 former NFL player, professional mixed martial artist and cast member of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights
- Jeff Shesol, author of Mutual Contempt
- Neyla Pekarek, '06, Cellist and Vocalist in "The Lumineers"
- Jordana Ryerson, '13, Professional Blueberry Eater
- Scott Wendholt, '83, Jazz trumpeter
- Frank Vacin, '84, Baritone Saxophonist and woodwind doubler
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- Overland High School: Official Web site
- Rocky Mountain News on Bennish
- Denver Post on newspaper conflict
- 9 News coverage of Unity Circle
- Overland High School Club Information
- Overland High School Technology Student Association: Official Site
- Overland High School Robotics
- Overland High School Band: Official Site
- Overland High School Performing Arts Department News and Events