Union High School (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

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Union High School
Union Logo.jpg
Location
6636 S. Mingo Road
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74133
United States
Coordinates 36°04′00″N 95°52′14″W / 36.06667°N 95.87056°W / 36.06667; -95.87056Coordinates: 36°04′00″N 95°52′14″W / 36.06667°N 95.87056°W / 36.06667; -95.87056
Information
Type Public school
Established 1972
Locale Suburban
Principal 12th grade: John Chargois

11th grade: Gart Morris
10th grade: Tony Tempest

Grades 10–12
Number of students 4,284 (9–12)
Color(s)                Red, Black, and Silver
Mascot Redskins
District Union Public Schools
Website

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.[1] The principal is Lisa Witcher.

History[edit]

Tulsa's first public school opened in 1884.[2] The Union school district was formed in 1919 when four rural community districts consolidated.[3]

Curriculum[edit]

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.[4]

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.[4]

Union High School has State Department of Education and North Central Association accreditation.[3]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Clubs and organizations[edit]

The following are organizations for students at UHS:[5]

Athletics[edit]

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:[6]

  • 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[edit]

  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music
  • Speech/Debate
  • Music Theory/Technology
  • Instrumental Music
  • Drama
  • 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.[7] 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
1980-2011

The band's winter percussion and guard ensembles have earned multiple awards on a national level competing at WGI events.[8][9]

  • 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

School songs[edit]

Mascot controversy[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11] In November 2003 the school board voted unanimously to keep the "Redskins" name.[12] Since that time the school has maintained its position despite continued protests and proposed legislation intended to change the name.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of Broken Arrow: Our Schools". Broken Arrow Public Schools. 
  2. ^ Gregory, Carl. "Tulsa", Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (accessed April 21, 2013).
  3. ^ a b Union Public Schools
  4. ^ a b School Laws of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Department of Education (accessed April 20, 2013)
  5. ^ "Clubs and Organizations". Union Public Schools. 
  6. ^ "OSSAA Sports History". 
  7. ^ "Union Bands". Union Bands. 
  8. ^ "Union". 
  9. ^ "WGI". 
  10. ^ S.E. Ruckman, "What's in a name? Dispute", Tulsa World, November 14, 1999.
  11. ^ Jay Cooper, "Union keeps 'U'; criticism of mascot continues", Tulsa World, February 11, 2003.
  12. ^ Jay Cooper, "Union votes to keep 'Redskins' mascot", Tulsa World, November 11, 2003.
  13. ^ Randy Krehbiel, "Indian Coalition Backs Nickname Bill: The Bill Would Bar Public Schools From Using the Names 'Redskins' or 'Savages.' ", Tulsa World, January 31, 2009.
  14. ^ Hawks, Asa (Jan 24, 2011). "Taylor Armstrong Tulsa Union High School yearbook photos as Shana Hughes". Starcasm.net. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  15. ^ TVGuide.com Melinda Doolittle Biography
  16. ^ Hines, Kelley (January 25, 2011). "Former Union, OU quarterback Justin Fuente moving up coaching ladder". Tulsa World. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Justin Fuente is Memphis' new coach". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  18. ^ Jeff Leiding at http://www.databasefootball.com
  19. ^ "BC's O-coordinator Logan not returning to team", SI.com, January 16, 2009
  20. ^ Robert Rousseau, "The skinny on BC offensive coordinator Steve Logan," RealFootball365.com, April 14, 2008.
  21. ^ "Tulsan in new Web series, but it was 'a long road'", Tulsa World, August 20, 2008
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