Wichita East High School
|Wichita High School East|
|2301 East Douglas Avenue 
Wichita, Kansas, 67211
|School type||Public, High School|
|School district||USD 259 |
|Superintendent||John Allison |
|CEEB Code||173206 |
|Principal||Ken Thiessen |
|Athletic Director||Kevin Hartley |
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Athletics||Class 6A 
District 6 
|Athletics conference||GWAL |
|Rival||Wichita High School Southeast|
Wichita High School East, known locally as East, is a public, co-educational secondary school located near the center of Wichita, Kansas, United States. The school's 44-acre (180,000 m2) campus and the building's Collegiate Gothic styling make it an urban landmark. With a student population of 2,307, it is the largest high school in the state.
The school offers the International Baccalaureate program, a prestigious magnet program that teaches students at college level, that attracts students from all around the Wichita metro area. In 2014, East was ranked the #1 school in the state of Kansas by U.S. News & World Report.
Wichita East traces its roots back to 1878, although the current building wasn't completed until 1923. Originally known as Wichita High School, East was the first of seven traditional public high schools to be built in USD 259, Wichita's Unified School District. In 1929, when Wichita North High School was completed, the school's name was changed to Wichita High School East. Originally built on a campus shared with Roosevelt Junior High School, the high school's growing enrollment forced the conversion of the junior high school into a second wing of the high school.
The junior high school and high school were joined by a third structure in 1976-1977, a library and cafeteria that connected the second floor of the two buildings. In 2004, a construction project added a new gymnasium, converted the old gym into the current science wing, and provided air conditioning to the entire building, but the renovation removed the building's swimming pool, auto mechanics building and 500 Hall, which housed the wood shops.
In 2011, East added a secondary gym and a new swimming pool. In 2012, the school celebrated the opening of the new performing arts center, featuring a 600 seat theater, instrumental rehearsal spaces and vocal music room.
Wichita High School East is regionally recognized for both academic and athletic success. The school offers both the Wichita Public Schools diploma and the International Baccalaureate Diploma, a magnet diploma that students earn through the International Baccalaureate program. The school also offers many Advanced Placement, Honors, and college preparatory classes. The school also offers the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program for selective students. East consistently leads Wichita-area schools in academic awards. Both the high school's newspaper, The Messenger, and yearbook, "Echoes," have been recognized in national competitions, and the former is a member of the High School National Ad Network.
East High has a strong performing arts program, with all groups (band, choral, theatre, and orchestra) having won many city and state awards for outstanding performances throughout the years.
East has a large and successful debate and forensics squad and consistently qualifies students for the national tournament. In June 2007, East hosted the debate portion of NFL Nationals. East also has a very successful Scholar's Bowl team winning 4 state championships in 1998, 2004, 2007, and most recently 2011.
Clubs and Activities
East has over 50 clubs and activities in which students can participate. Many clubs Embrace diversity, are active in the community, and are entertaining. Clubs vary from Anime club to National Honor Society to Students Against Prejudice. Students can participate in school centered activities like STUCO (student council) or follow personal interests in clubs like Tai Chi or Ultimate Frisbee. Every spring East High holds "Aces in the Community," a day in which all students and faculty go out into Wichita to perform community service.
East high holds 92 state championships with all their sports teams combined. Athletically, East is home to a consistently competitive basketball program that has 8 state championships, most recent one in 2005, and the 1925 national championship to its credit. In addition, the Blue Aces football team, who have won 4 state championships, has been increasingly successful in recent years due to leadership changes as well as two highly acclaimed and heavily recruited brothers, Arthur (Class of 2008) and Bryce Brown (Class of 2009), both now in the NFL. East's Boys Swimming and Diving team is also dominate winning 14 State Championships, most recently one in 2013. East athletics compete in the Greater Wichita Athletic League against the city's seven largest public high schools and two private Catholic high schools. East is a 6A school, the largest size recognized by the Kansas High School Athletics Association. Since 1928, East High teams have been known as the Blue Aces, and the school is represented by its mascot, Max, a World War I flying ace with an oversized head and a pronounced cleft chin. The schools colors are Navy Blue and White with Columbia Blue as a third color.
The 1925 boys basketball team won the National Interscholastic Basketball Tournament in Chicago. The tournament was an attempt by Amos Alonzo Stagg to create a national high school champion which lasted from 1917 to 1930 before school administrators intervened to oppose the concept of a national tournament. Wichita defeated El Reno High School 27-6 in the final. Two members of the team Barry Dunham and Ross McBurney would be the core of the Wichita-based Henry Clothiers team that won consecutive national Amateur Athletic Union titles in 1930, 1931 and 1932 at a time when corporate-sponsored teams and colleges competed in the same tournament.
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Fall||Football||4||1950, 1951, 1982, 1983|
|Cross Country, Boys||7||1948, 1949, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1964|
|Winter||Swimming and Diving, Boys||14||1931, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 2013|
|Basketball, Boys||8||1915, 1925, 1951, 1962, 1972, 1992, 2002, 2005|
|winter||Wrestling||10||1931, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950|
|Spring||Baseball||5||1945, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1957|
|Golf, Boys||11||1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1965|
|Outdoor Track and Field, Boys||28||1913, 1914, 1917, 1926, 1929, 1930, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1996|
|Indoor Track and Field, Boys||4||1957, 1965, 1966, 1967|
- Ross McBurney (1925) - All-American basketball player at Wichita State
- Daryl Spencer (1946) – former MLB player, played an additional eight years in Japan
- Clay Lacy (1951) – multiple world-record-holding air pilot and motion picture aerial coordinator
- Darryl Starbird (1951) – custom car and hot rod designer and builder
- Fritz Brickell (1954) - former MLB player New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers
- Jeffrey Farrell (1954) – champion swimmer who went on to participate in the 1960 Olympics
- Ron Walters (1955) - Ronald W Walters (1938-2010), leading scholar of politics of race, prolific writer, media commentator, educator, organized Wichita's successful Dockum Drug Store Sit-In in 1958, two years before the student sit-in in Greensboro, N.C. that is generally credited with being first successful sit-in in America.
- Philip Anschutz (1957) – billionaire
- Diane Bish (1959) – organist, composer, PBS television hostess
- George Tiller (1959) – physician
- Robert Gates (1961) – Secretary of Defense, former CIA director and president of Texas A&M University
- Jim Waskiewicz (1962) – All-American Football Player at Wichita State and former player for the New York Jets
- Jamie Thompson (1963) – All-American basketball player at Wichita State and amateur golf champion, professional basketball player for the Dallas Chaparrals
- Jim Ryun (1965) – former US Representative from Kansas and a world-record mile runner
- Charles "Chuck" Jones (1970) – American Astronaut, passenger on American Airlines Flight 11 that hit World Trade Center
- Kevin Kastning (1978) – composer and recording artist for Greydisc Records
- Kym Carter (1982) – received 10th place in the heptathlon at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona; won the bronze medal in the five-event pentathlon, at the 1997 IAAF World Indoor Championships
- Adrian Griffin (1992) – assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls
- Korleone Young (1997) – former NBA player for the Detroit Pistons
- Taj Gray (2002) – professional basketball player
- Arthur Brown (2008) – Baltimore Ravens linebacker
- Bryce Brown (2009) – Philadelphia Eagles running back, 2009 Hall Trophy winner
- Oliver Bradwell (2010) – American sprinter, gold medalist at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics
- Joe Walsh, guitarist for The Eagles, also attended East before moving to Columbus, Ohio
- Bruce McCray, former NFL player for the Chicago Bears
- Wichita School District - Kansas State Department of Education
- Greater Wichita Athletic League - Kansas State High School Activities Association
- Wichita Public High Schools
- Wichita Heights High School
- Wichita North High School
- Wichita Northeast Magnet High School
- Wichita Northwest High School
- Wichita South High School
- Wichita Southeast High School
- Wichita West High School
- Wichita Private High Schools
- GNIS entry for East High School; USGS; October 13, 1978.
- USD 259
- High School CEEB Code Search
- "School Search - Wichita-East HS". Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
- KSHSAA School Classification List
- KSHSAA School District List
- National Forensics League 2007
- "Winners & Records Of All KSHSAA-Sponsored State Events" (English). Retrieved 2012-12-07.
- National Interscholastic Basketball Tournament - hoopedia.nba.com - Retrieved September 12, 2009
- Henry Clothiers - hoopedia.nba.com - Retrieved September 12, 2009
- Historic photos of Wichita East High School
- Excerpts from A History of Wichita Public School Buildings, USD 259
- Wichita School District - High School Boundary Map, valid starting fall 2012, USD 259
- Wichita School District - Boundary Map and Directory of Buildings, USD 259