St. Charles High School (Missouri)
|St. Charles High School|
|725 N. Kingshighway
St. Charles, 63301
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Number of students||875|
|Team name||Fighting lightbulbs|
|Rival||St. Charles West High School|
The original St. Charles High School was located at Fourth and Jefferson Streets. In 1918, after a fire partially destroyed the building, it was moved to its present location on the corner of North Kingshighway and Waverly Streets at what was then the St. Charles Military Academy. In 1923, the present Building 'A' was built on a 6.4-acre (26,000 m2) site at the old military academy. Four acres were added in 1938 for an athletic field. A WPA project built the bleachers. In 1943, the Vocational Shop (Industrial Technology Building “D”) was constructed. In 1951, 5 acres (20,000 m2) next to the athletic field were purchased for a new junior high school (Building 'B'), which was built in 1955. In 1957-58, the building was expanded, adding five new classrooms and special service rooms along with a larger gymnasium. When a new junior high school was built in 1960, Building 'B' became part of the high school. A 15-room addition (Building 'C') was started in 1964 and opened for the 1965-66 school year.
In 1975, St Charles High School was overcrowded with 1957 students. The district split into two high schools, with 425 students from the St Charles West attendance area moving to the new high school. The exterior of Building 'A' was renovated in 1978. In 1981, a ninth grade was added, making it a 4-year high school. The school was expanded in 1988 with a new band room, renovations to Building 'D', an all-weather track and student parking lot. In 1994, a $15 million bond issue resulted in a 5-year program that demolished the 1957 gym, 1960 wing and the 1970 wing; new construction provided continuity inside and outside the building. Building 'D was renovated for the Success Campus in 2007. On August 11, 1995, during the renovations of the oldest section of the building (long known as A-building), the structure caught fire. A-building was saved only because of its hardy brick walls; the rest of the school was destroyed. The renovations resumed after the fire, and were completed. The fire incoincidentally took place on the very day of the 20th year class reunion of the class of 1975.
Visit by President Obama
On March 10, 2010, President Barack Obama made a visit to St. Charles and gave a speech at St. Charles High school, in the older gym on the campus. His speech dealt primarily with the proposed health care reform legislation, and while access to the speech was by invitation only, hundreds of supporters and opponents of the president were outside to witness the historic event.
The student-teacher ratio is 15, slightly higher than the state average of 14.
In addition to typical high school courses, St. Charles High School offers an A+ Program, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The major goals of the A+ Schools Program are that:
- All students will graduate from high school;
- All students will be enrolled in coursework based upon a four-year plan, which follows a clearly identified course of study for the student.
- All students proceed from high school graduation to a college or post-secondary vocational or technical school or high-wage job with workplace skill development opportunities.
Financial incentives may be offered to students who attend an A+ school for three years prior to graduation, maintain at least a 95 percent attendance record and a 2.5 grade point average, exhibit good citizenship, complete 50 hours of tutoring and mentoring and avoid the unlawful use of drugs.
Clubs and Organizations
Numerous clubs exist to serve the interests of all students, including:
- SCHS Pirate Players (Drama)
- Blue & White Ink - creative writing publication
- Chess Club
- Earth Club
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Future Teachers of America
- Galley - student-run store
- National Honor Society
- Science Club
- STEP Team
- Student Council
- Peer ficilatators
- Winter Guard
Interscholastic sports include:
- Marching Band
61% of students took the ACT test in 2006; their average score of 21 equaled the national average.
- Josh Harrellson (2007)- University of Kentucky, 2011 NCAA Final Four contender, NBA player for Miami Heat
- Connie Price-Smith (1981)- Olympic Shotputter and discus thrower
- Dennis Tankersley (1997)- Major League Baseball Pitcher, San Diego Padres, 2002-2004.