Bentonville High School

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Bentonville High School
Bhs tiger.jpg
1801 SE J Street
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
United States
Coordinates 36°21′2″N 94°11′44″W / 36.35056°N 94.19556°W / 36.35056; -94.19556Coordinates: 36°21′2″N 94°11′44″W / 36.35056°N 94.19556°W / 36.35056; -94.19556
Type Public
Motto "Cognito pro vita" (Learning for life)[4]
Established 1910 (1910)
School district Bentonville Public Schools
NCES District ID 0503060[1]
CEEB code 040175
NCES School ID 050306000073[2]
Principal Jack Lloyd (2015-present)[3]
Faculty 214.26 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 4,500 (2015–16[5])
Classes Regular
Advanced Placement (AP)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Student to teacher ratio 16.31[2]
Color(s)                Black, White, and Gold.
Athletics conference 7A West (2012–16)
Mascot Tiger
Team name Bentonville Tigers
USNWR ranking      Silver Award
#731 (National)
#3 (State)
BHS Overall view.jpg

Bentonville High School (BHS) is a comprehensive public high school in Bentonville, Arkansas. Founded in 1910, the school provides secondary education for more than 4,500 students in grades nine through twelve. Bentonville High School is one of nine public high schools in Benton County and the only high school of the Bentonville School District.


The school recently switched from a traditional high school curriculum to an academy, or small learning community, curriculum. There are five SLC's (small learning communities) into which students are placed. All ninth grade students begin in the "Freshman Learning Community" before transitioning into one of the interest-based SLC's. BHS also offers a wide variety of courses, including 19 Advanced Placement (AP) classes and the International Baccalaureate Program. In 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012 Bentonville High School was ranked in the top 1000 best high schools in the nation according to the Newsweek magazine's Top 1000 US Schools. Public schools are ranked according to a ratio called the Challenge Index.[6]

In April 2007, Bentonville High School was approved as an International Baccalaureate World School. In the 2007-2008 school year 16 juniors signed up for the program of in-depth studies, and that number has grown every year. BHS is one of two schools in Arkansas that received the National Blue Ribbon School award in 2007, and one of 38 public high schools in the nation.[7]

2013 End of Course Exam results had BHS with

  • 89% in Reading compared to a state average of 70%
  • 91% in Algebra 1 compared to a state average of 77%
  • 74% in Biology compared to a state average of 44%
  • 93% in Geometry compared to a state average of 72%[8]

In 2011, Bentonville School District and its high school were recognized in the AP District of the Year Awards program in the College Board's 1st Annual Honor Roll that consisted of 388 U.S. public school districts (2 in Arkansas) that simultaneously achieved increases in access to AP® courses for a broader number of students and improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP Exam.[9]

Bentonville is one of twenty high schools to be recognized with the 2012 College Readiness Award by the Arkansas ACT Council in recognition of improving the participation rate of students taking the ACT college readiness exam.[10]

Fine arts[edit]

Choral program[edit]

Bentonville High School Choir.
The Bentonville High School Chamber Choir

Bentonville High School's choral program totals 11 choirs, including the Chamber Choir, A Cappella (Mixed choir) and A Cappella Women (known as Bella Voce). These are BHS's premiere choirs and membership is by audition only. The Chamber Choir under the direction of Mr. Terry Hicks, has won the 2007 and 2012 "Best in Class" (Mixed & Overall - Medium Chorus) award and Sweepstakes Trophy at the All-State Choir Festival.[11] The Chamber Choir also traveled to New York City in March 2007 to sing at Carnegie Hall in the 4th annual National High School Choral Festival. This experience was chronicled in a two part series on National Public Radio. This included, the Chamber Choir has won international acclaim touring both Germany in 2010 and Ireland in 2014 giving performances throughout the country. Other choirs at BHS include Sophomore Select, Concert Men, Concert Women, Acapella, and four freshmen choirs.

Band program[edit]

The Bentonville High School band performed at the 2007 Fiesta Bowl parade in Arizona and performed in Disney World the summer of 2005 and spring break of 2009.[citation needed] They also marched in the National Independence Parade in Washington, D.C. on the Fourth of July in 2009. During the concert season, the band consists of four concert bands. Those concert bands are the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band, as well as the award winning Bentonville Pride Marching Band. The entire band program includes approximately 350 students total. The Band is the top High School Band in the state. The Bentonville Pride Marching Band receives top place rankings in invitational contests at the Owasso Invitational, Broken Arrown Invitational, Union High School's Renegade Review and Golden Regiment Invintaional. The band won overall at the Broken Arrow Invitational, placed 6th in St. Louis at the Super Regional competition, and placed 20th as a semi-finalist at Indianapolis Grand Nationals in 2015, with their show, "Reality Invades". The Pride is the first marching band in the state to ever place in finals at any Bands of America Super Regional, as well as the first band in the state to make Semi-finals at Bands of America Grand Nationals. The Pride continues to go to St. Louis and Indianapolis to perform in domes used by the NFL. The concert bands have had a successful scoring record, ranking all 1's in All-Region in 2009 and 2010.[citation needed] The Pride was also named 2016 5A State Marching Champions at the first ever Arkansas Marching State Championships.

Orchestra program[edit]

The Bentonville High School orchestra program comprises three orchestras, Concert, Symphonic, and Chamber, of which Symphonic and Chamber orchestras are under the direction of Mr. Jesse Collett. As an audition only orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra has performed in several Heritage Music Festivals, winning the gold and sweepstakes awards consecutively since 2012 and many awards prior. As of 2014, the Bentonville Orchestra Program (encompassing grades 6-12) is one of the fastest growing orchestra programs in Arkansas. Both the Symphonic and Chamber orchestras consistently rank all 1's during the All-Region performance assessment.


Tiger Stadium and Tiger Athletic Complex (TAC)

The Bentonville High School mascot is the tiger with black, white and gold as the school colors. For 2012–14, the Bentonville Tigers compete in the 7A Classification—the state's largest classification—within the 7A/6A West Conference as administered by the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA). The Tigers participate in all AAA-administered interscholastic sporting activities including football, volleyball, competitive cheer, cheer, competitive dance, dance, bowling (boys/girls), cross country (boys/girls), golf (boys/girls), basketball (boys/girls), soccer (boys/girls), baseball, softball, swimming & diving (boys/girls), tennis (boys/girls), track & field (boys/girls), and wrestling.[12][13]


The Bentonville Tigers have consistently performed as one of the top teams in 7A football. The Tigers have won five state championships in 2001, 2008, 2010,2013 and 2014. The Tigers beat conference rival Fayetteville Bulldogs in December 2010. They played at the War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the final score was 49-28. This game wrapped up a perfect season for Bentonville. The Bentonville Tigers were also conference champions from 2010, marking an undefeated season for the Tigers in 2010.[14] Bentonville also played for 7A state championships in 2011 and 2012, but lost both those games to Fayetteville, 29-28 in OT in 2011 and 31-20 in 2012. In the 2013 season, Bentonville will take on Cabot for the class 7A State Championship game after defeating the Conway Wampus Cats in the semi-finals.

On September 20, 2013, Bentonville played Trinity High School (Euless, Texas) at home. Trinity edged Bentonville 21-13. The game was considered a test as to whether an elite Arkansas team from its largest classification (7A) can compete with an elite Texas team from its largest classification (5A).[15]


The Lady Tigers have won five state championships by capturing titles in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2014.[13]

Cross country[edit]

The Bentonville Tigers cross country teams have won state championship titles with the girls team in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009; the boys team won its first title in 1982 and have since won four consecutive state titles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.[13]

Swimming and diving[edit]

The Bentonville swimming and diving program is the most successful in Arkansas history with 29 state championship titles. As of 2013, the boys have won a state-record 14 state championships including the nine consecutive between 2005 and 2013; the girls have won a state-record 15 state championships since 1991.[13]


The Bentonville golf team posted an undefeated 10-0 record for the 2011 season. This included a playoff victory against Springdale Har-Ber.


The Bentonville tennis squads have won state championship titles with the girls team in 1993, 1994, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015, and 2016; the boys team won state titles in 1997, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.[13][16][17][18][19]


In 1998, the Arkansas Activities Association began administering soccer. Since its inception, the Bentonville Tigers soccer squads have won seven state championship titles in the spring with the girls team in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. The boys team has won state titles in 2005, 2014, 2015 and 2016.[13] Bentonville boasts the 2014 Gatorade Arkansas Girls Player of the Year award winner.[20]


Bentonville is one of the state's most successful scholastic wrestling programs, which formed across the state in 2008–09. The Tigers became the first two-time state wrestling championship team with titles in the 2008–09 and 2012–13 school years.

Baseball and softball[edit]

The 2002 Bentonville baseball team won the school's only state baseball title.[13] The 2015 Bentonville baseball team won the 7A state championship title beating Conway High at Baum Stadium. In May 2016, the softball team won their first state title.

Track and field[edit]

The Bentonville track and field teams have found success in recent years with 7A Classification state championships for the girls teams in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015.[13]

Traditions and history[edit]

The Jungle[edit]

The Jungle is Bentonville High School's student section. The Jungle consisted of approximately 300 students in the 2009-2010 season and 500 in the 2010-2011 season.[citation needed] The Jungle is known for being the loudest and largest student section in the 7A West, winning the "Best Student Section" title awarded by Sportstalk: The High School Show in 2010.[citation needed] The Jungle is run by a crew called the "Men In Black" who lead the crowd and carry the flags onto the field. The Jungle is present in most athletic events, with at least 40 members at all volleyball games.

The Running of the Colors[edit]

At the beginning of the 2006 football season, it was decided that the team would be led onto the field from the field house by three students bearing flags with the letters B, H, and S on them while wearing clothes that were washed improperly so as to make the colors run. The tradition was continued beyond the graduation of its three first members.[citation needed]

BHS Tiger Football Team entering the field at the beginning of a home game.

The Bentonville-Rogers rivalry[edit]

Bentonville's fiercest rival is the cross-county neighbors of Rogers High School whose mascot is known as the "Mountie". The Tigers traditionally play the Mounties as the first and last regular season soccer game, and the first and last conference basketball game. Bentonville High School won the 2007–08 game. Bentonville beat Rogers in the 2008–09 game at Rogers' brand-new stadium.

Bentonville-Fayetteville Rivalry[edit]

In the past five years, The Bentonville-Fayetteville rivalry has picked up in intensity. The football programs of both schools are at the top of the state. With many close games in the regular season, It really gets interesting when they meet in the State Championship 4 of the last 5 years with both teams winning 2 games each. This rivalry spreads to other sports including golf and soccer.

Notable alumni[edit]

The following are notable people associated with Bentonville High School.

  • Louise Thaden—Aviation pioneer.
  • John T. Walton—Son of Walmart founder Sam Walton.
  • Jim Walton—Son of Walmart founder Sam Walton and CEO of Arvest.
  • Malik Monk-Freshman star who plays for the Kentucky Wildcats of the NCAA division 1 basketball.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Bentonville School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Bentonville High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bentonville High School". Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bentonville High School website" Retrieved 10 November 2013
  5. ^ "Bentonville High School 2015-2016 School Profile" (PDF). Bentonville High School. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Newsweek Top 1200 US Schools
  7. ^ "National Blue Ribbon Schools Program". U.S. Department of Education (ED). 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "AP District of the Year Awards: 1st Annual Honor Roll". College Board. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Arkansas High Schools Receive College Readiness Award". Arkansas Department of Education. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "2012 Division I Ratings & Honors" (PDF). Arkansas Choir Directors Association (ArkCDA). Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ "School Profile, Bentonville High School". Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h "2011–12 Year in Review" (PDF). Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "Playoff Two Minute Drill: Bentonville 49 Fayetteville 28 Class 7A Title Game". Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  15. ^ Demirel, Evin (23 September 2013). "Evin Demirel: Bentonville vs Trinity – David vs Goliath". Sporting Life Arkansas. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "2014 STATE TENNIS TEAM RESULTS" (PDF). Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "2016 STATE TENNIS TEAM RESULTS" (PDF). Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "2015 STATE TENNIS TEAM RESULTS" (PDF). Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "2016- 2017 Record Book" (PDF). Arkansas Activities Association. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  20. ^ "2012 Girls High School State Players of the Year". National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 

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