Batesville High School (Arkansas)
|1 Pioneer Drive
Batesville, Arkansas 72501
|School district||Batesville Public Schools|
|NCES District ID||0500019|
|Superintendent||Mr. Gary Anderson|
|NCES School ID||050001900043|
|Principal||Mr. David Campbell|
|Athletics||football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, cheerleading, cross country, track and field, soccer, volleyball, archery|
|Athletics conference||5A East (2012-2014)|
|Accreditation||AdvancED (since 1924)|
|USNWR ranking||Bronze Award|
|Affiliations||Arkansas Activities Association|
Front building of Batesville High School
Batesville High School is one of the two public secondary schools that are located in the city of Batesville, Arkansas, in Independence County. Their mascot for the school is the Pioneer. The school colors are orange and black. Batesville High has been awarded National Blue Ribbon School status.
The assumed course of study at Batesville High School is the Smart Core curriculum developed by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). Students engage in regular and Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and exams prior to graduation. Batesville is a charter member and accredited by AdvancED (formerly North Central Association) since 1924.
In addition to its 2008 National Blue Ribbon School designation, Batesville High School was recognized nationally with the Bronze Award from the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools ranking program. In 2006, student Ticy P. Browny was honored as a Scholar of the Presidential Scholars Program.
Batesville High School competes in football, girls' basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, swimming, softball, track, soccer, skeet shooting, archery, the sport in which the Jr. High has been the state champions for two years in a row, and volleyball, among others. In most sports, the Pioneers compete in the 5A-East Conference (2012–14) as administered by the Arkansas Activities Association.
In 2003, the football team won the Class AAAA State Championship.
Since 1993 the baseball team has won 5 state titles. Notable Pioneers are Chris Westervelt and Dan Wright. Both Wright and Westervelt had successful careers in professional baseball, with Wright as a starting pitcher for the Chicago White Sox before injuries ended his career.
The Girls' Cross Country Team has won 7 straight 5A Cross Country Championships (2004–2010), and the Girls' Track team has won 4 consecutive state titles. Girls' Track has won 7 state titles since 1983.
The Batesville Girls' Basketball team had an impressive run of success from 1982 to 1992, winning 5 state championships (82, 83, 88, 91, 92) and one overall state championship (1983).
Notable former pupils
- Skip Rutherford (born 1950), first president of the Clinton Foundation, Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
- "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Batesville High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved Aug 8, 2012.
- "Best High Schools". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved Sep 9, 2012.
- "2008 National Blue Ribbon Schools" (PDF). U.S. Department of Education (ED). Retrieved Sep 8, 2012.
- "School Addition Historic District, Batesville, Independence County". Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Retrieved Sep 9, 2012.[permanent dead link]
- "School Profile, Batesville High School". AdvancED. Retrieved Sep 9, 2012.
- "James Luin "Skip" Rutherford III (1950)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
- Official website
- Calendar of Upcoming events at Batesville High School via Calendars.net[permanent dead link]
- BHS Class of 1967 Webpage
- BHS Class of 1969 Website
- Great Schools Profile for Batesville High School
- Team stats for many Batesville Pioneers sporting teams
- http://www.bhspioneerfootball.com/[permanent dead link] - Site dedicated to Batesville Pioneer football
- PioneerBaseball.net - Site dedicated to Batesville Pioneer baseball
- A History of Batesville 1919 by members of the Fourth Year Class Batesville High School