Abilene High School (Kansas)

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Abilene High School
1300 North Cedar Street[1]


United Staes
Coordinates38°55′45″N 97°13′3″W / 38.92917°N 97.21750°W / 38.92917; -97.21750Coordinates: 38°55′45″N 97°13′3″W / 38.92917°N 97.21750°W / 38.92917; -97.21750
School typePublic, High School
School districtAbilene USD 435 [2]
SuperintendentGreg Brown[3]
CEEB code170005[4]
PrincipalBenjamin Smith[5][6]
Asst PrincipalWill Burton[5]
Athletic DirectorWill Burton[6]
Band DirectorAaron Tompkins
Grades9 to 12
Enrollment537 (2016-17)[7]
Color(s)     Orange
SongThe Orange and Brown
Fight songGo Northwestern Go
AthleticsClass 4A Div.1[8]
District 15[9]
Athletics conferenceNorth Central Kansas[6]
MascotCowboys / Cowgirls
RivalsChapman, Concordia, Wamego

Abilene High School is a fully accredited public high school located in Abilene, Kansas, United States, serving grades 9-12. The school is a part of Abilene USD 435. The current building serves students from the city itself as well as outlying areas covered by the nearby Chapman district.

Abilene is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and offers a variety of sports programs. Athletic teams compete in class 4A Division 1. Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Cowboys compete as the dominant member the North Central Kansas League and are classified as a 4A Div. 1 school, the third-largest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Throughout its history, Abilene has won many state championships in various sports. Graduates have gone on to participate in Division I, Division II, and Division III athletics. The High School also offers music programs, such as band and choir. A majority of the students go on to state competitions and ensambles, generally receiving high ratings.


Abilene High School participates in multiple sports for both boys and girls in the Fall, Winter, and Spring sports seasons. The boys teams are collectively referred to as the Cowboys while the girls are referred to as the Cowgirls. The Cowboys\Cowgirls mascot was chosen as a direct reflection of the history of Abilene as a cattle stop at the end of the Chisholm Trail, and the men who braved the long journey of the old days, and the women who welcomed them at the end of the trail.


Since 1966, when AHS joined the North Central Kansas League (NCKL), the football team has won or shared a total of 11 league championships.[10] The team also won two state championships in 1978 and again in 1987. The Cowboys football team and rival Chapman High School share a unique part of high school football history. The two teams first began playing each other competitively in 1892. According to sports records, this makes the rivalry one of the oldest west of the Mississippi River. It is the 8th oldest in the United States.[11]

State championships[edit]

The Abilene Cowboys and Cowgirls have won a total of 30 recognized State Championships[12][13]

State Championships[14]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Boys' Cross Country 1 1969
Football 2 1978, 1987
Girls' Cross Country 2 1985, 2008
Girls' Tennis 3 1989, 1992, 1993
Winter Boys' Basketball 1 1992
Boys' Powerlifting* 3 2004, 2005, 2006
Girls' Powerlifting* 5 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Wrestling 4 1998, 1999, 2003, 2017
Spring Boys' Golf 4 1949, 1963, 1985, 1986
Boys' Tennis 1 1991
Track And Field 4 1918, 1919, 1987, 2006
Total 29**

(*) Indicates sport and its associated championship is not officially sanctioned by KSHSAA
(**) Total number of team championships is 29 if the powerlifting championships are included.

Abilene High School offers the following sports:

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ GNIS for Abilene High School; USGS; October 24, 2008.
  2. ^ USD 435
  3. ^ "Superintendent Page - Abilene Public Schools". Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  4. ^ High School CEEB Code Search
  5. ^ a b [1][permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b c "School Search - Abilene HS". Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Abilene High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  8. ^ KSHSAA School Classification List
  9. ^ KSHSAA School District List
  10. ^ NCKL North Central Kansas Football League: 1928-Present
  11. ^ NFLHS.com 11-Man team miscellaneous records Archived September 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Kansas Sports Hall Of Fame State Records, accessed September 30, 2008[dead link]
  13. ^ http://nexus.abileneschools.org/~abilenesports/AHS/Powerlifting/Powerlifting/Powerlifting.html[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "State Records & State Champions". Archived from the original (English) on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2010-02-05.

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