Savannah High School (Missouri)
|Savannah High School|
"Savage Pride" "Savage Nation"
|701 W. William
Savannah, MO 64485
|Color(s)||Black and gold|
|Athletics conference||Midland Empire Conference|
Savannah High School is a public secondary school in Savannah, Missouri. The district has been accredited with distinction four of the last five years. Savannah High School covers grades 9 through 12 and is a part of the Savannah R-III School District. The principal is Zac Coughlin, the Assistant Principal is Ron Jackson, and the Athletic Director is Bruce Humphrey. The school currently enrolls just over 800 students and has just had recent additions, such as a new commons area and a library.
Savannah High School is home to one of Missouri's premier quizbowl teams, having won six state championships. They have done very well on a national level at the ASCN national Tournament of Champions, placing 7th in 2003 and 2004, 5th in 2005, placing 4th in 1995, and winning the championship in 1988. Their quizbowl team is also very popular in the local community. The quizbowl is composed of a JV team, and a Varsity team. The JV team won state in 2006 and 2007.
Debate and Forensics
Savannah High School is also home to one of the winningest Speech and Debate squads in the Midland Empire Conference and greater Kansas City area, winning every conference championship since its inception, and qualifying numerous competitors to the Missouri State High School Activities Association Tournament and National Forensic League National Tournament.
In recent years, Savannah has placed well at the state and national levels:
• 2001: A 2nd place MSHSAA State Tournament Humorous Interpretation, 2nd place NFL Nationals Video Speaking Contest;
• 2002: A 6th place MSHSAA State Tournament Dramatic Interpretation, a State Champion Extemporaneous Speaking;
• 2005: An 8th place MSHSAA State Tournament Storytelling;
• 2006: A 5th place MSHSAA State Tournament Poetry, a 7th place Storytelling, a 5th place Dramatic Interp., a 2nd place Humorous Interp, 7th place NFL Nationals Humorous Interpretation
• 2007: A 5th place MSHSAA State Tournament Poetry, a 5th place Extemp, a 3rd place Lincoln Douglas Debater, 14th place Poetry Interp. NFL Nationals
• 2008: A 2nd Place DI, 2nd place HI, 2nd place Storytelling, 3rd place Oratory, 3rd place Extemp, 6th place Poetry, Quarterfinalist P.F.D. team, and a Semifinalist L.D. debater at MSHSAA State. A 3rd place Oratory (winning the Professor’s Bowl for placing 1st in the final round), and a 5th place Poetry at NFL Nationals.
• 2009: A 5th place Poetry at the MSHSAA State Tournament. Two semi-finalists in Student Congress at the NFL National Tournament.
• 2010: A 10th place in Student Congress, a 10th place in Duo Interpretation, a 7th place in Domestic Extemporaneous speaking at the NFL National Tournament.
• 2011: Two semi-finalists in Student Congress, an octo-finalist and a quarterfinalist in Domestic Extemporaneous speaking, and a quarterfinalist in International Extemporaneous speaking.
• 2013: Noah Jermain won the Humorous Interpretation event at the NFL National Tournament.
Criticism of Mascot
The Savannah Savages have been criticized as having a mascot that is offensive in its portrayal of American Indians. Several campaigns have been started to change the mascot, but these campaigns have been met with opposition.
Savannah Soccer Team
Savannah High School began girls and boys soccer teams in 2005. In the 2006 season, the boy's team won their first game. 2008 won first district of boy's history In 2011 and 2012 the girls's team won back to back district titles.
Savannah Football has been having success in recent years as they have gained two Conference Titles and one District Title in the past three years. In 2011 the Savages lost to Webb City 28-24 with four seconds left for the semi-final game.