Batesville High School (Arkansas)

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1 Pioneer Drive
Batesville, Arkansas 72501
United States
Type Public
Opened 1915 (1915)
School district Batesville Public Schools
NCES District ID 0500019
Superintendent Mr. Gary Anderson
CEEB code 040115
NCES School ID 050001900043[1]
Principal Mr. David Campbell
Grades 10-12
Color(s)      Orange
Athletics football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, cheerleading, cross country, track and field, soccer, volleyball, archery
Athletics conference 5A East (2012-2014)
Team name Pioneers
Accreditation AdvancED (since 1924)
USNWR ranking      Bronze Award[2]
Yearbook The Pioneer
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.[3]


The original facility created as Batesville High School has ties to the city's School Addition Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]


Insignia that designates a Blue Ribbon School

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.[5]

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.[2] 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[edit]


  1. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Batesville High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved Aug 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Best High Schools". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved Sep 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "2008 National Blue Ribbon Schools" (PDF). U.S. Department of Education (ED). Retrieved Sep 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ "School Addition Historic District, Batesville, Independence County". Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Retrieved Sep 9, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "School Profile, Batesville High School". AdvancED. Retrieved Sep 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ "James Luin "Skip" Rutherford III (1950)". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 

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Coordinates: 35°45′17″N 91°37′25″W / 35.754593°N 91.623595°W / 35.754593; -91.623595