Union High School (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
|Union High School|
|6636 S. Mingo Road
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74133
|Principal||12th grade: John Chargois
11th grade: Gart Morris
|Number of students||4,284 (9–12)|
|Color(s)||Red, Black, and Silver|
|District||Union Public Schools|
Union High School is the highest level of secondary education in the Union Public Schools system of Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, for students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades. The school, combined with Union 9th Grade Center, is the second-largest high school in the state of Oklahoma, behind only Broken Arrow High School. The principal is Lisa Witcher.
In addition to providing typical academic courses in English, mathematics and science, Union High School offers an Oklahoma social studies course as required by state law.
All Oklahoma high schools must provide a physical education course designed to provide a minimum of 150 minutes of physical education per week, unless provided an exemption by the Oklahoma State Department of Education due to undue hardship.
Clubs and organizations
The following are organizations for students at UHS:
Union High School fields 22 athletics teams. The Redskins and Lady Redskins have won 52 state championships in their history as recognized by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletic Association.
The following is a list of the sports in which the school competes, along with the head coach for the team, as well as the years, if any, during which the school's team won the state championship:
- Baseball (Shawn Newkirk) - 6 (1979, 1989, 1990, 2005, 2006, 2010)
- Boys Basketball (Rudy Garcia) - 2 (2004, 2012)
- Girls Basketball (Jim Stacy) - 1 (2008)
- Ice Hockey (vacant) - 2 (2004, 2005)
- Cheerleading (Stacey Beams) - 2 (1990, 2007)
- Boys Cross Country (Mike Stanton) - 3 (2007, 2008, 2010)
- Girls Cross Country (Mike Stanton) - 7 (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 2005)
- Fastpitch Softball (Jerry Pease) - 3 (1976, 1992, 1999)
- Football (Kirk Fridrich) - 8 (1963, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
- Boys Golf (Tony May) - 0
- Girls Golf (Lindsay Jones) - 1 (2011)
- Slowpitch Softball (Steve Randall) - 1 (2010)
- Boys Soccer (Cory Butler) - 4 (1995, 1998, 2005, 2007)
- Girls Soccer (Brian Elliot) - 2 (2007, 2008)
- Boys Swimming (David Lynn) - 1 (2012)
- Girls Swimming (David Lynn) - 0
- Boys Tennis (Kevin Gannon) - 4 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
- Girls Tennis (Kevin Gannon) - 0
- Boys Track (Mike Stanton) - 2 (2008, 2009)
- Girls Track (Mike Stanton) - 5 (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010)
- Volleyball (Chadd McKee) - 0
- Wrestling (Kevin Crutchmer) - 3 (Team State: 1982, 2009, Dual State: 2007)
Music and arts
- Visual Arts
- Vocal Music
- Music Theory/Technology
- Instrumental Music
- Mass Media
- Show Choir
- The Union High School Band is an eight-time Bands of America Grand National Finalist, a two-time BOA Regional Champion, an 18-time BOA Regional finalist and a 12-time OBA State Champion. The band has won numerous awards, including:
- Bands of America Grand Nationals ~ Finalist
- 1986 / 1989 / 1990 / 1995 / 1998 / 2000 / 2010 / 2011
- Bands of America Regional ~ Champion
- 1980 / 1986 / 2000
- Bands of America Regional ~ Finalist
- 1985 / 1987 / 1989 / 1994 / 1995 / 1996 / 1998 / 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011
- Bands of America National Auxiliary Champions ~
- 1986 / 1990 / 1994
- WGI Friendship Cup ~ Champion
- 1991 / 1996
- Oklahoma Bandmasters Association ~ Grand Champion
- 1980 / 1985 / 1986 / 1988 / 1989 / 1990 / 1992 / 1993 / 1994 / 1995 / 2000 / 2001
- Oklahoma Bandmasters Association ~ Finalist
- Winter Guard International Championships ~ Scholastic World Champions
- 1985/ 1987 / 1988,
- Finalist 1984 / 1986 / 1994
- Winter Guard International Championships ~ SA or SO Finalist
- 1996 / 2001 / 2010,
- Semi-Finalist 2011
- Winter Guard International Percussion Championships ~
- Scholastic World Marching - Finalist 1995 / 1997,
- Scholastic Open Concert - Champion 2001
Union High stands proud forever!
Union Redskins, hats off to thee
Union's use of the "Redskins" team name has exposed it to some criticism, similar to the controversy faced by other schools using mascots referring to Native Americans. In 1999, Cherokee Nation chief Chad Smith criticized the school's use of the name. In December 2002, the school received a demand from the University of Miami that it stop using a "split-U' logo which Miami claimed was unacceptably similar to the university's trademarked logo. Some Native American groups saw this as an appropriate time to renew their calls for Union to abandon the Redskins name, since it appeared that the school would have to change its uniforms in any event. However, in January 2003, Union settled Miami's claim by agreeing to pay $1,000 per year for the continuing right to use the split-U logo. In November 2003 the school board voted unanimously to keep the "Redskins" name. Since that time the school has maintained its position despite continued protests and proposed legislation intended to change the name.
- Brent Albright, professional wrestler, former WWE superstar and NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
- Taylor Armstrong, reality show celebrity from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Originally Shana Hughes, cheerleader and 1989 graduate.
- Melinda Doolittle, singer, third place finalist on American Idol in 2007
- Justin Fuente, former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and current head football coach for the University of Memphis Tigers
- Jeff Leiding, football linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, 1986-1987
- Steve Logan, former East Carolina head football coach 1992-2002 and Boston College offensive coordinator 2007-2009 (Assistant coach at Union High, 1974–79).
- David Loren, actor, regular in online series Prom Queen and Sorority Forever
- Myron Noodleman, baseball clown, stage name of former Union High School math teacher and football coach Rick Hader
- Dari Nowkhah, ESPN Sportscaster
- Julián Rebolledo, voice actor
- Les Walrond, Major League Baseball pitcher
- Dominique Franks, football cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons, 2010–present
- Wesam Keesh, reoccurring actor, MTV's Awkward
- Kelsey Griswold, Miss Oklahoma 2013
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- TVGuide.com Melinda Doolittle Biography
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- "Tulsan in new Web series, but it was 'a long road'", Tulsa World, August 20, 2008