Burnsville High School

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Burnsville Senior High School
600 E. Highway 13
Burnsville MN
Burnsville, Minnesota, 55337
United States
Coordinates 44°47′05″N 93°15′57″W / 44.78472°N 93.26583°W / 44.78472; -93.26583Coordinates: 44°47′05″N 93°15′57″W / 44.78472°N 93.26583°W / 44.78472; -93.26583
Funding type Taxes/Alumni
Established 1957
School district Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District 191
Superintendent Joe Gothard
School code ISD 191
Principal Dave Helke
Grades 1012 (9 - 12 as of the 2016-2017 school year)
Gender Co-Ed
Age range 15-19
Number of students ~2000
Hours in school day 6.5
Color(s) Black and Gold
Athletics conference South Suburban Conference
Sports Football, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, etc.
Mascot Sparky
Team name Blaze
Rival Eagan High School, Lakeville North High School, Lakeville South High School, Apple Valley High School, Prior Lake High School, Eastview High School
Publication The Reading Edge (online)
Newspaper The Voice
Yearbook The Blaze
Tuition Free
Communities served Burnsville, Savage, Eagan, Shakopee, Apple Valley
Burnsville High School front entrance

Burnsville High School (BHS) is a three-year public high school located in Burnsville, Minnesota. The school is part of Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, which covers most of Burnsville, as well as parts of the surrounding cities Savage and Eagan, and small parts of Shakopee and Apple Valley. A majority of the incoming sophomores come from Eagle Ridge Junior High, Metcalf Junior High, or Nicollet Junior High. The school mascot is Sparky, a humanoid with a fireball for a head.


Burnsville High School, originally opened in 1957 as a K-12 school with an initial enrollment of about 400 students. In 1966, upon completion of the newly constructed school, students in grades seven through nine started attending Metcalf Junior High. Today, students attending Burnsville's Metcalf, Eagle Ridge and Nicollet Junior High Schools will attend Burnsville Senior High School for grades 10-12.

On April 25, 1994, the largest high school arson in the United States began, which resulted in over $15 million in damages.[1] The same arsonist also started fires at Edina High School and Minnetonka High School. During the restoration, high school students studied at nearby Nicollet Junior High and Sky Oaks Elementary Schools. Around the time of the fire, the school's mascot was changed from the Braves to the Blaze to avoid stigmatizing and stereotyping Native Americans. The name "Blaze" was conceived because of the word "Burnsville" in the school name, and had nothing to do with the fire; it was merely a coincidence. The Braves icon is still widely accepted, and many students still have Brave apparel. Prior to The Braves, the first mascot of Burnsville High School was the Bulldogs.

In September, 2012, the BHS school board started looking towards Burnsville High School becoming a grades nine-twelve school. If done so, they would have to add on a new portion of the school, being a 40,000-square-foot building addition estimated at $12 million. Randy Clegg (Former superintendent of District 191,) also recommends closing the Burnsville High School Senior Campus in 2014 and holding all senior classes at the main campus.

In 1997, District 191 bought the Diamondhead Mall and converted the top level into the Senior Campus to handle increasing enrollment. A year later, in 1998, it was opened for use. Students can drive or take a shuttle bus to move from one campus to the other. Many classes available only to 12th grade students are offered at the Senior Campus; including many English, math and social studies classes. Most seniors at Burnsville High School spend half their day at this separate campus. The time needed to travel from one campus to the other is only about 10–15 minutes but many students structure their schedule to consolidate their lunch and travel time.

In 2006 the Beautification Committee, a group of volunteer parents, raised $50,000 from donations and proceeds from 50th anniversary blanket sales to purchase an electronic greeting sign, replacing an old stone one, as part of the school's 50th anniversary. Burnsville was one of the last not to have an electronic sign, as Lakeville, Bloomington, and Eagan already did. This group has also volunteered their time, energy, and resources to help upkeep the gardens and grounds of the school. There was some controversy among students and community members over the cost of the sign, asking if people would raise such money for books, new computers, or technology education equipment. The money for the sign, however, was raised by local businesses and private donors, and not taken from the school's budget.

Former Burnsville Logo

The original portion of Burnsville High School was constructed in 1969, with additions in 1958, 1962, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1993, 1998 that bring the school's total square footage to 405,553.

A three-year, $13 million renovation commenced during summer 2011. Renovations will include upgrades to the building’s science labs, heating system, bathrooms and classrooms, and making the school more accessible to people with disabilities. Lockers will be replaced, the cafeteria will be enlarged and reconfigured, and a larger, more open commons will be created.[2]

The school also participates in the University of Minnesota's College in the Schools program.[3]


As of the 2010-11 school year, there were 2,218 students attending Burnsville High School. In terms of race, white students made up 69% of the student population, while black students made up the largest minority, representing 13% of the student population. Asian and Hispanic students made up 10% and 8% of the student population respectively. American Indian students made up less than 1% of the student population.

Students with limited English proficiency made up 5% of the student body. Students with special education needs made up 9% of the student body. Students eligible for free or reduced price lunch made up just over one-quarter (26%) of the student body.[4]


Burnsville High School is affiliated with the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) and was a member of the Lake Conference until 2010-11 when they left to join the South Suburban Conference.

State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Soccer, Boys 4 1980, 1982, 1990, 1993
Soccer, Girls 2 1992, 1993
Cross country running, Boys 5 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986
Cross country running, Girls 1 2007
Football 5 1972, 1980, 1985, 1989, 1991
Swimming, Girls 5 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 2002
Cheerleading 4 1986, 1987, 1998, 1992, 2011
Chess 15 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Winter Dance team, Girls 10 1982, 1983, 1987, 1990, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008
Gymnastics, Girls 4 1975, 1977, 1978, 1982
Gymnastics, Boys 1 1988
Hockey, Boys 2 1985, 1986
Swimming, Boys 2 1985, 2007
Basketball, Girls 3 1977, 1991, 1992
Drumline 6 1997, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014
Nordic skiing, Girls 1 2009
Spring Golf, Girls 3 1990, 2000, 2007
Baseball, Boys 1 2011
Badminton, Girls 4 1996, 1997,1998,1999
Track and Field, Boys 1 1978
Softball, Girls 3 2004, 2005, 2010
Total 82

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Todd Selge- (Class of 2002), Staff Sergeant United States Army, Purple Heart Recipient, True Hero.
  • Greg Baker— (class of 1986), Appeared as "Elliott" in Sports Night, "Mr Corelli" in Hannah Montana, "Burger Pitt" in I'm with the Band
  • John McCoy— (class of 1996), Master Sergeant, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator, Earned 3 Bronze Stars and multiple other decorations during 6 tours in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Steve "Bjorn" Engberg— (class of 1995), F-16 Pilot, Lieutenant Colonel, Earned Distinguished Flying Cross during Operation Iraqi Freedom[5]
  • Gary Barta— (class of 1982), Athletic Director at the University of Iowa
  • Cameron Beckman— (class of 1988), Winner of three events on the PGA Tour
  • Dan Beckmann— (class of 2007), actor, most notably for his role in the 2009/2010 International Tour of Footloose
  • Janell Cannon— (class of 1975), author and illustrator, most notably of Stellaluna
  • Nate DiCasmirro— (class of 1997), professional hockey player
  • TeTori Dixon- (class of 2010), volleyball player for Team USA
  • Kevin Gorg—FSN TV personality and interviewer and Canterbury Park race announcer
  • David Knutson— (class of 1978), Federal Judge and former State Senator for the Burnsville area
  • Todd Okerlund— (class of 1983), Member of the 1988 U.S.A. Olympic Hockey Team
  • Kirsten Olson— (class of 2010), figure skater and actor in Ice Princess
  • Mark Osiecki— (class of 1987), Former NHL player 1990-1993. Currently the Head Men's Hockey Coach at Ohio State University
  • Melissa Peterman— (class of 1989). Played Barbra Jean on the show Reba
  • James Ruffin— (class of 2005), Football Player with the Spokane Shock
  • Mackenzie "BigMac" Smith- (class of 1997), Bemidji St. 6th Man of the Year, 2001. Analysis Mgr. at Target Corp.
  • Randy Scheunemann— (class of 1978). Lobbyist and foreign policy advisor to John McCain
  • Michael Smith— (class of 1978). Director of Times Three Wireless and U.S. Supreme Court litigator
  • Korey Kelly- (class of 2003), Professional video game player, National Video game player of the year (2007)
  • Ryan Solovjovs— (class of 1999), author of the German novel Gekränkt
  • Jason Suttle— (class of 1993), NFL football player for the Denver Broncos
  • Pradeep Venkatasetty— (class of 1977), CIO of Varel, Intl.|
  • Cedric Yarbrough— (class of 1991), actor, most notably of TV shows Reno 911! and The Boondocks
  • Joe Connelly- (class of 2003), Adjunct Professor of Women's Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
  • Weasel—Former 93x Morning Show disc jockey.
  • Ryan Fitcher— (class of 2007), U.S.A. Rugby team.
  • Ivan Tupup (class of 2003) - The leader of the popular Japanese show "Oregato dark matter."
  • David Voracek— (class of 1982. Center Chief Technologist at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
  • Ken Hippler- (class of 1977). Host and producer of KFAI's "Good and Country" heard Saturdays 3-5PM.
  • Alec Christopher Scotting— (class of 2012), Singer and guitarist for the band Out Came The Wolves.
  • Todd Boonstra-(class of 1980), two-Time Olympian (Cross Country Skiing) 1988 and 1994.
  • Brock Boeser (class of 2015) Drafted to Vancouver Canucks in 2015


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