Sikeston High School
|Sikeston High School|
|200 South Pine Street
Sikeston, Missouri, 63801
|Type||Public High School|
|Motto||Providing a Quality Education|
|Color(s)||Red and black|
In 1868, a two-story public school building was constructed at the corner of West Malone and School Street. In 1884, this building was destroyed by a tornado. In 1885, a four-room building was rebuilt on this site and known as South Grade School. In 1900, another new building was constructed on this site. The Sikeston Public Schools system held its first four-year high school graduation commencement in 1904. In 1924, Sikeston built a segregated school to be used only by African American students until the U.S. Supreme Court delivered the landmark ruling of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 which declared segregation to be unconstitutional. The Lincoln School still stands in western Sikeston. The high school newspaper is known as The Bulldog Barker while the high school yearbook is known as The Growler.
The Sikeston Field House, the school's home gymansium, was completed in 1969 as a multi-purpose athletic facility with a seating capacity exceeding 3,000 persons. After a bond issue was voted on and passed by the city, the building was updated and remodeled into a more attractive, state-of-the-art sporting arena in 1992. With improved lighting, sound and climate control, the Sikeston Field House has become a popular venue for non-athletic events as well. The Field House distinguishes itself with its large silver dome that is easily recognizable from the air.
In 1934, Reid Jann started the High School band program. In 1940, Keith Collins (1916-1974) became Director of Bands and Supervisor of Music for Sikeston High School. Collins stayed in this position until 1970 except for time spent in the U.S. Marine Corps including as director of the West Coast Marine Air Corps Band in San Diego. In 1955, the school started an orchestra program under James Butler and hired future Missouri first lady Betty Cooper to take over the high school choir. Collins helped design the band building built for the new high school in 1960. Collins along with LeRoy Mason of Jackson High School formed the Southeast Missouri High School Band Association.
- In 1908, Sikeston High School played their first football game, 12 years before the National Football League was created. This was one of the first football teams west of the Mississippi River. Along with their opponents the Charleston High School Blue Jays, they are believed to be the first two football teams in Southeast Missouri. The team played their game behind the old South Grade School near the intersection of Malone and School streets between Stoddard and Scott streets. The players played their games in heavy sweaters without pads and the occasional soft leather "helmet."
- In 1911, Sikeston went undefeated with a record of 7-0 record by outscoring their opponents 178-0; the defense did not allow any opposing offense inside the 15-yard line during the entire season.
- In 1913, the Sikeston High School football team defeated the college of Cape Normal School by a score of 15-0.
- In 1919, Sikeston beat Caruthersville by a score of 148-0. Leading scorer Pleas L. Malcolm, the future city postmaster and son of the former Sikeston mayor, scored 85 points in that single game.
- In the 1950s, the team had a stellar record of 89 wins, 6 losses, and 3 ties, outscoring opponents 2,604 to 578.
- In 1982, former Sikeston High School and Arkansas State University offensive lineman Paul Gilbow signed a free-agent contract with the Denver Broncos.
- In 1985, the Sikeston High School Bulldogs played their 100th football game against Charleston High School. The Bulldogs defeated the Blue Jays by a score of 20-19.
- In 1998, the Sikeston football program dropped from 5A to 4A due to school enrollment statistics.
- In 2008, the Sikeston High School Bulldogs played their 100th season. They finished with a record of 5-5 and one win out of the state playoffs
- In 2009, the Sikeston High School Bulldogs completed their first 10-0 season in 33 years, clinched their first SEMO Conference championship since 1998, and broke their all-time single-season scoring record set in 1960 with 388 points on the season. The Bulldogs went on to finish the season in the semifinals of the playoffs losing 37-8 to Jefferson City Helias. The squad went deeper in the playoffs than any modern Bulldog team, finishing 13-1.
- In 2010, the Bulldogs football team finished 10-0 for the second straight year, which marked the first time that the school had back-to-back undefeated records since the 1954 and 1955 seasons. One of the season's highlights was a highly anticipated game against heated rival Cape Central, with both teams entering the game with identical 9-0 records. The Bulldogs defeated Cape Central 21-0 at Houck Stadium before an overflow crowd of 11,000 fans. The team broke several more school records, eclipsing some that the previous year's team had set, and even shattered some state records on their way to another semifinal appearance before losing to Warrenton 28-21. Sikeston finished its season with a final record of 13-1 for the second straight year.
Carr Trophy winners, since 1979, presented to the best high school football player in Southeast Missouri:
- The Sikeston High School Cheerleading Squad has competed at the state level multiple times. The squad has placed in the top three spots in the state in the past 12 years they have competed. They took home the first-place plaque in 1995, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2012.
- The cheerleading squad competed in the 2009 UCA National High School Cheerleading Competition leaving with a top 25 finish in the large varsity division.
- The school's Red Pepper Organization, which supports school athletics and promotes school spirit, was started in 1928 and is one of the oldest high school organizations in the state of Missouri and west of the Mississippi River. The Red Pepper Organization carries on an 80-year tradition with a week of activities for "Greenies," girls who are not yet full Red Peppers. After several activities and requirements, the Greenies receive an official Red Pepper emblem.
- The Sikeston High School boys' basketball team advanced to the Class 4 State Final Four in the "Show-Me Showdown" Tournament but eventually lost to St. Francis Borgia High School on March 11, 2006, by a score of 77-62. The basketball program has captured 20 district championships, which ranks among the most playoff appearances in state history. The Bulldogs faced the Borgia Knights once again in the state finals in March 2011. This time, the Bulldogs won 74-55 to capture their first ever state title. This was the first undefeated season in school history, as the Bulldogs finished with a record of 30-0.
- The school's baseball team has a rich tradition of excellence, reaching the state playoffs 27 times, leaving only two other Missouri schools with more playoff appearances.
- The 1966 Sikeston team finished second in the state to Ritenour High School team which was led by future major league pitcher Jerry Reuss.
- Coach Kevin Self led Sikeston's baseball teams to a 266-98 record and three state final four appearances.
Sikeston High School star players:
- Brian Steven Harper, 30th-round draft pick in 1988 for the Philadelphia Phillies
- Blake Ledbetter, 33rd-round draft pick in 1997 for the St. Louis Cardinals
- Kevin Vent, 8th-round draft pick in 1999 for the San Francisco Giants
- Blake DeWitt, 1st-round draft pick in 2004 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
- Billy Puckett, drafted by the Frontier League Gateway Grizzlies in 2005
- Jacob M. Priday, 11th-round draft pick in 2008 for the Houston Astros
- Vince Howard, 30th-round draft pick in 2009 for the Atlanta Braves
- Lance Rhodes, pitching coach for the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks and former Saint Louis Billikens player
- Jamie Puckett, all-state player and manager of the Sikeston Bulls
- J. R. Bizzell, cousin of Blake DeWitt, all-state player who ranks third in career hits for Rhodes College
- In 2001, Mike Chegwidden and Roger Bannister were inducted into the Sikeston R-6 Hall of Fame for their cross country achievements. Chegwidden, a 1982 graduate and one of Sikeston's few sophomores to become all-state, was a two-time all-state athlete in cross-country; he ran the 1600 meters in 4:35 in the 9th grade. Bannister, a 1987 graduate, was an all-state cross country and track athlete; he ran the 1600 meters in 4:27 and the 3200 meters in 9:31 in the 11th grade.
- In 2011, the Sikeston soccer team set many records and finished with a record of 20-5, their best season in school history allowing them to reach the state quarterfinals.
- In 2012, the Sikeston soccer team achieved their first conference title in school history.
- In 2006 and 2007, Jenni DeWitt, sister of Blake DeWitt, came in fourth-place in the Class 1 state singles tournament.
Track And Field
- George Woods won two Olympic silver medals in the shot put.
- Marshaun West, long jump state champion in 1995, became a track All-American broke the Notre Dame Fighting Irish long jump record at 25'8".
- Tina Collins, high jump state champion in 1991.
- Michael Colon, triple jump state champion in 2003.
- Sikeston won four straight district track titles from 2001 through 2004.
- The Sikeston High School boys track and field team tied for 1st place with St. Clair High School at the 2009 Class 3 track and field state meet, to win its first athletic state championship in school history.
- Betsy Borgsmiller, high jump state champion in 2011.
- In 2012, for the first time in school history, the Sikeston Bulldogs won a state relay championship with Steven Baker, Kyland Gross, Spenser Clark, and Nick Nichols winning the 4x200-meter relay event during the Class 3 State Championship Meet.
- In 2013, Steven Baker, Kyland Gross, Spenser Clark, and Nick Nichols won the 4x200-meter relay and the 4x100-meter relay events during the Class 3 State Championship Meet.
- The Sikeston High School Lady Bulldogs received first place in the Silver Bracket of the B.A. Sports/SEMO Classic Volleyball Tournament during the 2001-2002 season. They defeated the Zalma High School Lady Bulldogs in the tournament championship match.
- On February 24, 1983, Tim Thomure captured the first-ever individual wrestling championship for Sikeston High School at a Missouri 4A tournament held in Columbia, Missouri.
- Brandon Barnes, a former NFL player
- Neal E. Boyd, opera singer
- Kenneth Dement, a College Football Hall of Fame football player and attorney
- Blake DeWitt, plays second base and third base for the Chicago Cubs
- George A. Russell, 1938, president of the University of Missouri System
- Terry Teachout, author
- Robert Vaughan, author
- James Wilder, a former NFL player
- Morgan Strebler, Mentalist/Illusionist who received the 2011 Merlin award
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