Rancho High School
|Rancho High School|
|Rancho High School, Est. 1954|
|1900 Searles Avenue
North Las Vegas, NV, 89101
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||Clark County School District|
|Principal||Dr. James Kuzma|
|School colour(s)||Green and white
|Athletics conference||Sunrise 4A Region|
Rancho High School is a high school located at 1900 Searles Avenue in North Las Vegas, Nevada. It is part of the Clark County School District. Opened in 1954, Rancho High School was the third high school founded in the Las Vegas Valley after Las Vegas and Basic.
- 1 Magnet Programs
- 2 Athletics
- 3 New facility
- 4 Changes for 2010–2011
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Rancho High School offers two different Clark County School District magnet programs, The Academy of Aviation (Private Pilot Training and Aerospace Engineering), The Academy of Medicine (Pre-Med, Sports Medicine, Emergency Medical Training), and Biomedical Technology (Biotechnology) Academy.
Academy of Aviation
The Academy of Aviation offers two 4-year programs for students interested in pursuing courses that can lead to college or careers in the aerospace and aviation industry. The Private Pilot Training program offers curriculum in the fundamentals of flight, space travel and rocketry, as well as the opportunity to earn a Private Pilot License. Aerospace Engineering offers students interested in designing and building airplanes the academic foundation necessary to prepare them for successful entry into an engineering program at the university level. Students in the Aviation Academy may earn up to thirteen college credits.
Academy of Medicine
The Academy of Medicine offers four 4-year college preparatory programs by instructors with extensive professional experience. For students interested in becoming medical doctors or other medical professionals such as veterinarians, nurses, dentists or pharmacists, a Pre-Med program is available. Students in this program will be introduced to anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, laboratory tests and results, and disease diagnosis. The Sports Medicine program offers students interested in athletics a foundation in anatomy, athletic training and injury evaluation. For students interested in learning life-saving techniques that can be used in an emergency situation, the Medical Academy offers an Emergency Medical Technician program where students can become a certified EMT-Basic.
Academy of Biomedical Technology (Academy of Biotechnology)
Through the Biomedical Technology program, (also referred to as the Biotechnology, "Biotech," Academy,) students are introduced to the unique field of research and the basic skills commonly employed in the biotechnology laboratory. Students participate in DNA extraction, genetic engineering techniques, basic tissue culturing and cloning.
The different classes offered under the Medical and Biomedical Technology Magnet Program are: "Introduction to Health Science", "Physical Examination and Assessment", "Human Diseases, Injuries and Conditions", "Pharmacology", "Sports Medicine 1", "Genetics", "Introduction to Biotechnology, ""Biotechnology 1", "Biotechnology 2", "EMT-Basic Certification", "Medical Internship" and the newly created "Medical Terminology" and "Sports Medicine 2".
Rancho High School offers many different sports, including volleyball, baseball, football, cross-country, swimming, tennis, golf, soccer, wrestling, bowling, cheerleading and dance, and has many traditions that go along with each individual sport.
"The Bone Game"
The oldest tradition in Nevada High School football is the rivalry between Rancho High School Rams and the Las Vegas High School Wildcats. The annual game is played for “Sir Herkimer's Bone” also known as “Sir Herk” When the Wildcats won the first game of the series in 1957, the Herkimer Bone tradition began. The “Bone” is actually a large cow bone proposed by the Rancho Lettermen’s Club as the annual trophy for the Rancho-Las Vegas football game. The father of a Rancho player owned a butcher shop and several members of the lettermen’s club went to the butcher shop got the bone and boiled it in water for a full day. One end of the bone fell off during boiling so they glued it back on and one of the guys painted it gold to hide the crack. Since then, it has been preserved in bronze. The first “Bone” game ended in a 13-13 tie. Each school agreed to keep “The Bone” for one semester; however, some Rancho students stole “The Bone” from Las Vegas during the semester the Wildcats were supposed to keep it. Since then it has been agreed that the “Bone” trophy is kept by the winning school for one year. A legend around the bone is known by the students which states that the student who stole the original bone did so after Las Vegas won a game and ran away with. Supposedly, he refused to give it back and he waits every year through Rancho's losing streak (taking place between the 41st year and so on) to give the bone back to Rancho High School, when they earn it again by winning and end the streak.
Las Vegas HS victories are shaded in ██ red. Rancho HS victories are shaded ██ green.
Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association State Championships
- Baseball – 1959, 1960, 1961, 1965, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976, 2010, 2011, 2014
- Football – 1960, 1961, 1962, 1988
- Volleyball (Girls) – 1985, 1986
- Basketball (Boys) - 1961, 1973, 1977, 1986
The old campus was torn down in June 2006 after over 50 years of being the main location for the school. In August 2006 construction of a new 75 million dollar (overbudgeted to over 100 million), indoor, mall-style school was completed and the students moved in. It was erected on the site of the old football field. After the campus was completed, construction began on a new artificial turf football field and track. Construction was completed in 2007.
Changes for 2010–2011
Starting this upcoming school year, Rancho High School will change from A traditional 6 day scheduling to a 7 classes a day.
- Greg Anthony – former UNLV and NBA basketball player and current CBS Sports analyst
- Marty Barrett, Former MLB player (Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres)
- Tom Barrett – former MLB infielder (Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies)
- Alan Burd - Clark County, Nevada's Dusty the Dusthole
- Lionel Hollins – former NBA player and current coach of the Brooklyn Nets
- Ken Jordan – musician (The Crystal Method)
- Mike Maddux – former major league baseball pitcher and current pitching coach for the Texas Rangers
- Ne-Yo – R&B singer
- Mike Pritchard - former NFL wide receiver
- John Welch - Assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA
- Greg Anthony at IMDB
- The Baseball Cube[dead link]
- [dead link]
- "Lionel Hollins career statistics". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- Las Vegas Mercury April 29, 2004
- "Las Vegas Review-Journal March 9, 2006". Reviewjournal.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25.[dead link]
- "Mike Pritchard". Sports Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
- Welch Fresno State bio
- Rancho High School website[dead link]
- Alumni Homepage
- The Destruction and Brief History of Rancho High School
- 2008-2009 Course Catalog[dead link]