Skyline High School (Utah)
|Skyline High School|
|School district||Granite School District|
|Principal||Mr. Doug Bingham|
|Color(s)||Gold and Black|
Skyline High School is a public high school in Holladay in Salt Lake County, Utah, USA. Skyline High School serves tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders. The school opened in 1962 and is administered by the Granite School District.
Admission to Skyline High School is open enrollment. Students are neither required to take an admission exam nor need to live within the boundaries set by the administering district.
Skyline is regarded by some as one of Utah's best high schools for its established student programs. Academically, it is one of just three Utah schools to offer the IB Diploma Program, along with Hillcrest High School, and West High School. Skyline's music and drama programs have received state-wide recognition. In addition, Skyline repeatedly wins Sterling Scholar awards at the state level every year. The debate program also ranks at the region and state levels. In the past five years, four Skyline students were selected as US Presidential Scholars. Skyline also leads the state in National Merit Finalists.
Skyline High School's football program started in an interesting way. When the school began, many of the seniors were given the chance to stay at Olympus or move to the new school Skyline. In 1963 most of the football team was sophomores and juniors because the seniors elected to stay at Olympus. The first year was a tough year, but the team was scrappy. The first touchdown was scored by halfback Kent Hancey. In the latter part of the sixties the football program started to develop into a football power house and won two state championships in the last few years of the decade. Again, Skyline was a football powerhouse in the seventies and won five state championships during that period of time. They were coached by Ken Schmidt and Ron Haun and were favorites every year under these coaches. Ken Schmidt later became the Defensive Coordinator for the BYU Cougars and Ron Haun developed Rick College into a national champion football program. In the 1990s Skyline once again became a football powerhouse in Utah under Head Coach Roger Dupaix. From 1990 until 2005 the 5A Football State Championship went through Skyline. During those years, either Skyline or the team that beat Skyline during the playoffs won the state championship. Skyline's dominance peaked in 1999 when they won a fifth consecutive 5A state title. The 1999 team is regarded as one of the best high school football teams ever in the state of Utah as they finished undefeated and ranked 24th in the nation by USA Today. Overall, the Eagles have been football state champions fourteen times (1967, 1969, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2005). In 2005 the team went into the playoffs as the fourth ranked team in the region. Largely overlooked, they rallied to win four straight games, beating rival Brighton High School in the state championship game.
Skyline won state basketball championships in 1976 & 1977. The 1977 team was ranked nationally as the 5th best team in America with a record of 26-1.
Skyline's biggest rivals are the Olympus Titans. After Skyline beat Olympus in 2004 42-7 and in 2005 37-7, Olympus put the rivalry on hold by refusing to play for three years. The rivalry picked back up in 2009. The two faced off for the regular season finale in October 2011 for the outright Region VII championship. Olympus won the game in overtime, 42-35. Skyline has not beaten Olympus in football since 2005 but chose not to play Skyline in 2006, 2007, 2008.
Skyline's women's tennis team has been state champions three years running (2009-5A, 2010-5A, and 2011-4A) and took 2nd in 2008-5A. Skyline was one of the original 5A schools, when 5A was established in Utah in 1993, but decreasing student enrollment eventually resulted in Skyline moving to the 4A program in 2011.
Skyline's swim teams hold a seven year dynasty (2001–2008) at the state competition.
Skyline's lacrosse team had its inaugural season as an independent team in the spring of 1997, after competing jointly in 1996 with Brighton High School due to a lack of participation. The team has been a contender for the state championship on a number of occasions. In 2005 Skyline won the state championship.
In 2006, 2008, and 2009 Skyline won the 4x800 meter relay at the Davis High School Track and Field Invitational. The cross country team won their region, both boys and girls teams in 2009.
Skyline's baseball program won an American Legion State Championship in 1991.
Skyline's hockey team won the 2010 State Championship over Viewmont High School and went on to finish in the top 15 at the USA Hockey High School National Championships held in Chicago, Illinois. The hockey team repeated winning state championships in 2011 in a 3-2 overtime victory over Bingham High School. The Skyline High School Hockey team is the only hockey team to have ever represented the state of Utah at USA Hockey's High School National Championships.
Skyline's wrestling team went undefeated in region duals for 3 years (2006–2009).
Skyline's math team has repeatedly earned recognition at a state and national level. In the 2009 Team Scramble competition, Skyline tied for 13th place nationally, and Skyline placed 14th nationally in the 2009 Ciphering Time Trials competition. In the 2010 Four-by-Four competition, Skyline also placed 14th, and four Skyline students placed 3rd nationally in the Scissors Division. In the 08-09 Mandelbrot Team Play Competition, Skyline tied for 11th place nationally. In the 2010 Utah State Math Contest, Skyline placed first in the 12th grade for the 5A category, and individual Skyline students placed first in 10th grade and first and second in 12th grade.
Skyline garnered much attention in November 2012 for being the first high school in the world to participate in SC’s Student Cluster Competition, in the LittleFe Track. They took home an honorable mention for "coming out of nowhere and taking a significant lead." They competed against other universities, including the University of Utah and Slippery Rock University from Pennsylvania.
Skyline's school newspaper is The Horizon, which is a monthly publication. The staff generally consists of eleven editors and numerous staff writers. The Horizon has four sections: News, Opinion, Feature, and Sports. The current advisor (2013-2014) is R. David Moore.
- Brandon Doman, Former BYU and San Francisco 49ers quarterback and Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach at BYU
- Cameron Stewart, Actor/Comedian
- Danny Vranes, Former All-American University of Utah and Philadelphia 76ers basketball player
- Justin Braun, Soccer player for Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake
- Sharlene Wells, Former Miss America
- Tony Bergstrom, American football player
- John Frank, All-time sack leader for University of Utah; MWC defensive MVP 1999; NFL draft pick (Philadelphia Eagles 2000)
- J.A.C. Redford, Hollywood Musician and Composer
- Peter Yanowitz, Drummer for The Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant, Morningwood
- Millcreek Journal, Skyline High sends volleyball, football teams to state playoffs
- 5A high school football championship: Bingham team could go down in Utah history
- USA Today Super 25 Football Rankings, Final - 1999