Cedar High School

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Cedar High School, also known as Cedar City High School or CHS, is a public secondary school in Cedar City, Utah, United States. The school mascot is Redmen (an Indian chief), and the school colors are crimson and gold.

Mission statement[edit]

"Cedar High is dedicated to cultivating responsible citizens through lifelong learning and community involvement."[1]

History[edit]

Cedar High School used to be part of Branch Normal School, a branch of the University of Utah. The responsibility for running the school was transferred to Utah State University. When this happened, the school's name was changed to Branch Agricultural College, what is today Southern Utah University. As the town and number of students grew, the need for an independent high school became very apparent. Cedar High School was founded in September 1940. The school building was located on Center and 300 West just north of the Randall L. Jones auditorium on the SUU campus. It was designed to house 350 students and became overcrowded as the student body grew to 500. It was torn down in 2000 to make room for a parking lot.

The school was founded in 1941 and incorporated high school students from the nearby Branch Agricultural College. In 1942 CHS got its mascot under President Jay Thorley. Cedar High School belongs to the Iron County School District. The current building was completed for the 1963-1964 Academic year, and was extremely modern for the time. The Building has undergone several expansions since then. The most recent expansion was completed in 2010, and includes a new commons area, state-of-the-art band room, and an all new counseling center. Current enrollment is approximately 1100. The principal is John Dodds, and the vice principal is Scott Sharp.

Until 1997 Cedar High was the city's only secondary school; for many decades its students participated in a fierce rivalry with Dixie High School in St. George, Utah (another one-high school town until the 1980s). For the past decade the hometown rivals have been the Canyon View High School Falcons.

Cedar High School is known for its choir, orchestra and band groups, its theater program, and its art department. The band is directed by Steve Shirts. CHS has a pep band, which plays at all of the home football and basketball games. CHS also has a jazz band which has won the state championship six times in a row. CHS has also fielded many champion cross-country teams.

Sports[edit]

The Cedar High School football team has played in the state championship game twice, but lost both times.

CHS sports include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, Mohey Tawa (drill team), soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

The boys' basketball team won their first 2A State championship in 1975 under coach Dick Hobbs. They won the 3A Utah State Basketball Championship in 1994 and 1995 under head coach Steven Hodson. The boys' baseball team won the 3A Utah State Champtionship in 1975 under coach Dick Hobbs.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Ally Condie - author of the New York Times bestseller Matched
  • Michael O. Leavitt - Governor of Utah and Secretary of Health and Human Services[3]
  • Nick Stein - Film director who won Best Director 7 times, and was nominated 15 times. Known for his advancements in the cinematic field.

References[edit]

  1. ^ CHS Mission Statement
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Haymond, Jay M. (1994), "Leavitt, Michael Okerlund", in Powell, Allan Kent, Utah History Encyclopedia, Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, ISBN 0874804256, OCLC 30473917 

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Coordinates: 37°39′56″N 113°04′22″W / 37.66556°N 113.07278°W / 37.66556; -113.07278