Apple Valley High School (Minnesota)

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Apple Valley High School
Apple Valley High School depicted from its western side
Home of the Eagles
14450 Hayes Road
Apple Valley, Minnesota
Type Public
Established 1976
Principal Steve Degenaar
Number of students approx. 1,650
Mascot Eagle
Colors Brown, Gold, and White             

Apple Valley High School (AVHS), is a public four-year high school in Apple Valley, Minnesota.[1] It is a part of Independent School District 196 (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District).[2] It is also affiliated with the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL).[3] The school was completed in 1976 as the second high school added to the district.[2] As of 2006, it is one of five high schools serving District 196.[2]


Through the Minnesota state Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program, students are eligible to take classes at state colleges and universities.


Apple Valley High School received an award from the Blue Ribbon Schools Program,[2] which is considered the highest accolade an American school can receive.[4] It has also been selected as one of the "140 best high schools" in the United States, and has gained recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Scholastic Coach and Athletic Journal, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science.[2]


Apple Valley High School played in the Lake Conference,[5] which is part of the Minnesota State High School League. Since being opened in 1976, the school has accumulated 60 state championships, placing it second overall in the number of state championships won in Minnesota. Starting for the 2010-2011 school year they will be part of the South Suburban Conference(MN).

At both; the 2011 and 2012 Apple Valley High School Homecoming Pep Fest the faculty performed in a flash mob for the students.[6]


Apple Valley High School is also noted for its outstanding forensics program. It offers both speech and debate, and students must try out for both these teams near the beginning of the year. Outstanding accolades have been received at the National Forensics League (NFL) national tournament. The speech team has received numerous Speech & Debate Team of Excellence awards, and has had many national champions. Apple Valley holds the MinneApple annual debate tournament which draws teams from across the Midwest.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

State championships[edit]

State championships
Season Sport Number of championships Year
Fall Soccer, boys 9 1984, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2006, 2009, 2010
Soccer, girls 1 1995
Volleyball, girls 2 1985, 1992
Football 2 1986, 1993
Swimming and diving, girls 2 1990, 1994
Winter Hockey, girls 2 1995, 1998
Basketball 2 2013 2015 Dance, girls 4 1984, 1985, 1991, 1995
Gymnastics, girls 2 1989, 2001
Swimming and diving, boys 2 1989, 2001
Spring Baseball 1 2006
Golf, boys 2 1992, 1993
Track and field, boys 3 1986, 1991, 1992
Track and field, girls 7 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006
Total 64


  1. ^ "Apple Valley High School". Apple Valley High School. Independent School District No. 196. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "History of Apple Valley High School". Apple Valley High School. Independent School District No. 196. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  3. ^ "Apple Valley High School". Activity page. Minnesota State High School League. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  4. ^ Rubin, Ben (2006). "CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department". Journal Inquirer. Retrieved 2007-05-06. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Lake Conference". Member schools. Retrieved 2007-05-06. 
  6. ^ "AVHS Faculty Flash Mob". 
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  9. ^ "David Fischer". Hockey’s Future. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Seth Green, Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris, Megan Fox Set for 'Robot Chicken' DC Comics Special". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  11. ^ "'Robot Chicken' Duo Launch Animation Studio". Hollywood Reporter. 
  12. ^ "Trevor Laws". Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Mike Lundin". The Official Site of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Derek Rackley". Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Apple Valley's Sonie chosen Mr. Football". Pioneer Press. December 14, 2008. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
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Coordinates: 44°44′34″N 93°13′50″W / 44.74278°N 93.23056°W / 44.74278; -93.23056