Wichita East High School

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Wichita High School East
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2301 East Douglas Avenue [1]
Wichita, Kansas, 67211
United States
Coordinates 37°40′56″N 97°18′34″W / 37.682334°N 97.309466°W / 37.682334; -97.309466Coordinates: 37°40′56″N 97°18′34″W / 37.682334°N 97.309466°W / 37.682334; -97.309466
School type Public, High School
Established 1878
School board boe.usd259.org
School district USD 259 [2]
Superintendent John Allison [2]
CEEB Code 173206 [3]
Principal Ken Thiessen [4]
Athletic Director Kevin Hartley [4]
Grades 9 to 12
Gender coed
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Navy blue
     Columbia Blue
Athletics Class 6A [5]
District 6 [6]
Athletics conference GWAL [4]
Mascot Blue Aces
Rival Wichita High School Southeast
Newspaper The Messenger
Yearbook Echoes
Communities served Wichita

Wichita High School East, known locally as East, is a public, co-educational secondary school located near the center of Wichita, Kansas. With a student population of 2,300, it is the largest high school in the state. 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. The school's 44-acre (180,000 m2) campus and the building's Collegiate Gothic styling make it an urban landmark.


Wichita East traces its roots back to 1878, although the current building wasn't completed until 1923. 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 connects the second floor of the two buildings. In 2004, a construction project added a new gymnasium, additional science classrooms, and air conditioning to the building. In 2012, the school celebrated the opening of the new drama theater and fine arts wing. The campus is also home to the Wichita Area Technical College.


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 attracts students from all around the Wichita metro area. East consistently leads Wichita-area schools in academic awards. The high school newspaper is The Messenger, a member of the High School National Ad Network.

East is known for its choral, band, orchestra, and drama programs. All of the music programs have won several awards for outstanding performance 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.[7]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Athletically, East is home to a consistently competitive basketball program that has 8 state championships and the 1925 national championship to its credit. In addition, the Blue Aces football team 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 athletics compete in the Greater Wichita Athletic League against the city's seven largest public high schools and two 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.

National Championship[edit]

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.[8] 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[9] at a time when corporate-sponsored teams and colleges competed in the same tournament.

State Championships[edit]

State Championships[10]
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
Wrestling 10 1931, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950
Spring Baseball 6 1945, 1946, 1951, 1952, 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
Total 89

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

Wichita Public High Schools
Wichita Private High Schools


  1. ^ GNIS entry for East High School; USGS; October 13, 1978.
  2. ^ a b USD 259
  3. ^ High School CEEB Code Search
  4. ^ a b c "School Search - Wichita-East HS". Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  5. ^ KSHSAA School Classification List
  6. ^ KSHSAA School District List
  7. ^ National Forensics League 2007
  8. ^ National Interscholastic Basketball Tournament - hoopedia.nba.com - Retrieved September 12, 2009
  9. ^ Henry Clothiers - hoopedia.nba.com - Retrieved September 12, 2009
  10. ^ "Winners & Records Of All KSHSAA-Sponsored State Events" (English). Retrieved 2012-12-07. 

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