Wichita Heights High School

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Wichita Heights High School
Wichita Heights High School Main Entrance 2013.JPG
Address
5301 North Hillside Street
Wichita, Kansas, 67219
United States
Coordinates 37°46′43″N 97°18′02″W / 37.778520°N 97.300609°W / 37.778520; -97.300609Coordinates: 37°46′43″N 97°18′02″W / 37.778520°N 97.300609°W / 37.778520; -97.300609
Information
School type Public, High School
Established 1961
School district USD 259
Superintendent John Allison
CEEB Code 173212
Principal Bruce Deterding
Grades 9 to 12
Gender coed
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Red
     Black
Athletics Class 6A
Athletics conference GWAL
District 6
Nickname Falcons
Website
[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Wichita Heights High School, known locally as Heights, is a coeducational secondary school located in Wichita, Kansas, USA, serving students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the USD 259 public school system.[7] The school principal is Mr. Bruce Deterding, who replaced Mr. Mark Christian after Christian retired in 2006. The school colors are red and black.

Wichita Heights High School was established in 1961 in order to help educate the growing population of Wichita, Kansas. The school was originally approved, planned and built as Wichita Heights Rural School District Number 192 to serve the districts of Bridgeport, Kechi, Kechi Center, Riverside, and Riverview. No secondary school existed at the time for these districts. Prior to its construction, students were placed into other Wichita area schools. Construction of the school began in 1959 and was finished two years later in 1961, in time for the school year.[8]

Wichita Heights is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and offers a variety of sports programs. Athletic teams compete in the 6A division and are known as the "Falcons". Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs. Notable alumni of the school include MLB Pitcher Mike Pelfrey, former NBA player, Darnell Valentine and serial killer, Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer.

History[edit]

Wichita Heights High School was originally approved, planned and built as Wichita Heights Rural School District Number 192, to serve the districts of Bridgeport, Kechi, Kechi Center, Riverside, and Riverview. No secondary school existed at the time for these districts; prior to its construction students were placed into other Wichita area schools. Construction of the school started in 1959, and was finished two years later in 1961 in time for the school year. In July 1963, the school became a part of the Wichita Public Schools. In 1983, Wichita Heights was designated an urban overflow school due to the increasing populations of other inner city Wichita Public Schools.[8]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Athletics[edit]

The Falcons compete in the Greater Wichita Athletic League and are classified as a 6A school, the largest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Throughout its history, Wichita Heights has won twenty state championships in various sports. Several graduates have gone on to participate in collegiate and professional athletics. The football team won a state championship in 2010 against Olathe North High School on November 27, 2010 by a score of 48-14.

State championships[edit]

State Championships[9]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football 1 2010
Winter Wrestling 3 1968, 1976, 2011
Basketball, Boys 5 1977, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Basketball, Girls 7 1979, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012
Bowling, Girls 3 2006, 2010, 2011
Spring Softball 1 1988
Total 20

Wichita Heights High School offers the following sports:

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

Wichita Public High Schools
Wichita Private High Schools

References[edit]

  1. ^ GNIS entry for Heights High School; USGS; October 24, 2008.
  2. ^ USD 259
  3. ^ High School CEEB Code Search
  4. ^ "School Search - Wichita-Heights HS". Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  5. ^ KSHSAA School Classification List
  6. ^ KSHSAA School District List
  7. ^ "Heights High School, Wichita, KS". publicschoolreview.com. 
  8. ^ a b "Heights High School" (English). Retrieved 2010-02-24. [dead link]
  9. ^ "State Records & State Champions" (English). Retrieved 2010-02-05. 

External links[edit]

Historical
Map