Charles Page High School

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Charles Page High School
Sand springs high school minuteman logo.png
500 North Adams Road
Sand Springs, Oklahoma 74063
United States
Type Public secondary
Motto "Character, Pride, Honor, Scholarship"
Established 1959
Principal Stan "The Man" Trout
Faculty 110
Grades 10-12
Number of students 1,163
Color(s) Black and Gold
Mascot Minuteman
Nickname Sandites
Newspaper Sanditonian
Yearbook Sandite

Charles Page High School is a high school in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, named after the philanthropist Charles Page. It is the only public high school in Sand Springs.


Charles Page High School was built in 1959, constructed to replace Sand Springs High School, which is now the Central Ninth Grade Center. During construction, there was an accident and the roof collapsed. One of the workers fell 60 feet through the ceiling and died that tragic day, some say his ghost haunts the auditorium.[citation needed][who?]

They compete in basketball, football, cross country, soccer, academic bowl, debate, forensics, wrestling, and competitive cheerleading and dance.

Gay-Straight Alliance Controversy[edit]

In 2004 Charles Page High School garnered national attention with a controversy surrounding the creation of a Gay-Straight Alliance at the school. An openly gay student, Michael Shackelford, was the focus of a series of articles in the Washington Post which brought national attention to the school.[1] This national attention caught the eye of radical preacher Fred Phelps of Topeka, Kansas Westboro Baptist Church who came and protested at Charles Page in November 2004. However the alliance was dismantled after those students graduated.[2]

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

Clubs include the African American Student Union (AASU), Native American Student Association (NASA), Anchor Club, French Club, Spanish Club, Key Club, YMCA Youth and Government, Student Council, Gold Pride Marching Band, Jazz Band, Academic Team, Family Career Community Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, Choir, Debate, BITI, Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society, Drama, Debate, Competitive Speech, The Sanditonian (newspaper), and The Sandite (yearbook).


The school mascot is the Minuteman.

Athletic Teams at Charles Page High School
Sport Level Season Gender
Track V Fall, Winter, Spring Girls', Boys'
Baseball V, JV Spring Boys'
Tennis V Spring Boys', Girls'
Golf V Spring Boys'
Softball V Spring Girls'
Football V, JV Fall Boys'
Cheerleading V, JV Fall, Winter Girls'
Soccer V, JV Fall Boys', Girls'
Volleyball V, JV Fall Girls'
Cross-Country V, JV Fall Co-ed
Basketball V, JV Winter Boys', Girls'

V = Varsity, JV = Junior Varsity

State Championships[edit]

  • 1966: Football-Class 2A
  • 1971: Wrestling
  • 1994: Girls' Basketball-Class 5A
  • 2015: 9th Grade/JV Cheerleading, 8th Grade Cheerleading
  • 2017: Wrestling Dual and Team-Class 6A

Football History[edit]

Sand Springs's football program was founded in 1919 under head coach Ivan Grover at the old high school, Sand Springs High. The town's black school, Booker T Washington, also had a football program, but records on it are hard to find.

Ed Dubie was head football coach from 1937-1938 and later had the school's field house named after him.

Lester Secrest was head football coach from 1944-1946 and lead the Sandites to their first district title in 1944.

Maurice Hail took over in 1947 and led the Sandites to district titles in 1948 and 1951. In 1951, the Sandites made it to the state semi-finals and tied Ada 20-20, but victory was awarded to Ada due to more penetrations.

In 1952 Cecil Hankins took over and led the Sandites to another district title but lost 27-9 to Ponca City on Thanksgiving morning in the first round of the playoffs. In 1954, Jerry Adair played QB on Hankins team. He lettered 9 times in 3 sports in his career at Sand Springs High School, and turned down a position on the All-State football team in hopes that he would be offered a spot on the All-State basketball team, which he was. He went on to earn a spot in the Oklahoma State University Basketball Hall of Fame. He went on to play Major League Baseball for the Orioles.

Charles Prigmore coached from 1957-1960 and was the first head coach at the new Charles Page High School.

Travis Rhodes took up the reigns from 1961-1962 and led Charles Page to an undefeated season in 1962, but they were unable to compete in the playoffs because they weren't in an eligible conference.

Frank Tillery coached from 1964-1966 and in 1966 led them to their first and only state title in Class 2A. Quarterback Jackie Hill took them 12-0 and also landed a district title. On October 21, they upset the #1 ranked Broken Arrow and earned the #1 spot for themselves. They settled their 1951 score against Ada with a 37-26 win, then confronted El Reno in the final round. The game was played at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City on an icy field in December. It was so cold that day that the cheerleaders and fans were burning fires in trashcans for warmth. At one point, football player Arlie Christmas accidentally set his leg on fire, briefly, without injury. David Treadwell, however, was not without injury and left the game with a broken arm. The Sandites won the game 14-7. A road through the Charles Page campus was named after Frank Tillery.

AD James (1976-1979) gave Charles Page her first back to back district titles in 76 and 77.

Page's longest tenured coach is LD Bains who coached from 1983-1996. In 1987 the Sandites shared a district title with Stillwater and Bartlesville and ended 10-3 after defeating Memorial and Norman in the playoffs before falling 14-10 to Lawton in the third round. The took another run at the championship in 1990 and entered the playoffs 7-3 after an impressive season including three shutouts, one of which was against sixth ranked Stillwater. They defeated #10 Union and #9 Jenks before falling to Putnam North in the third round of the playoffs, finishing the season ranked fifth. The Sandites made four more playoff appearances under Bains, but never made it past the first round.

In 1997, LD Bains retired and Archie Loehr took over, leading the Sandites to a perfect regular season with a district title, a victory over #2 Stillwater, and three shutouts. They scored playoff wins against #7 Broken Arrow and #11 Sapulpa before falling 10-7 against Yukon, their only defeat of the season.

The Sandites then entered a dark spell, going 3-7 under Mark Baetz in 2001, then 0-10 two consecutive seasons under Tim Beacham. In 2004, head coach Brad Odom broke the 28 game losing streak with a 58-6 win over Central.

The Sandites posted four consecutive 4-6 seasons from 2004-2007. In 2007, much was expected from the Sandites. Current head coach Dustin Kinard took over and Sophomore Quarterback Johnny Deaton took the helm. 2007 was also the first season in the newly remodeled Memorial Stadium. Deaton was covered as one of the top QBs in the state, despite the team only going 4-6. In 2008, the Sandites made the playoffs for the first time in 10 years and went 6-4 before losing to Union in the playoffs. The Sandites had their highest scoring season of all time, averaging 35.81 points per game under Deaton, but a terrible defense that allowed 36 points per game negated any real chance the team had at a state title. 2009 was expected to be Charles Page's year, but Deaton broke his collarbone in the opening game and missed half the season. That and a game that was won on the field but forfeited due to an ineligible player led to a disappointing 4-6 season. Deaton went on to Oklahoma State University on a scholarship and was the backup Quarterback before transferring to Northeastern State University where he started.

In 2012, star Quarterback Cody Hale led the Sandites to their winningest season in 15 years with a 8-2 record. The Sandites lost in the first round of the playoffs to Broken Arrow. Hale returned to the starting position his Senior year and led the Sandites to a 6-4 season. The Sandites hosted Westmoore at home and lost 31-10. The Tulsa World ranked Cody Hale as the best QB in the area. Hale also pitched for the Sandites and was clocked at 94 MPH during a spring baseball trip to Arizona. He was also selected for the All-State football team.

In 2014, the OSSAA split class 6A into two divisions, each with their own playoffs and state title. The Sandites fell into the smaller, new, Class 6A-II. The Sandites entered the season with high hopes at a shot for a district or state title now that they wouldn't have to go up against The Big Four. The regular season left the Sandites with a 7-3 record with two shutouts and a 63-6 win against Nathan Hale which tied for their second highest scoring game of all time. With District losses to Booker T Washington and Bixby, the Sandites came in third in district and qualified for the playoffs for the third-straight year. A 28-17 OT win at Midwest City sent Sand Springs to the semi-finals for the first time since 1997 where they lost 41-14 to Bixby.

In 2015, the Sandites won two of their non-district season-openers just to forfeit them due to playing an ineligible transfer student. Their third game was cancelled at half time due to lightning after having already been postponed two hours. They were leading Guthrie 18-6 at the time it was called off. Sand Springs registered only two true loses in the regular season, to Bartlesville and Booker T Washington. In the quarterfinals Sand Springs dominated Stillwater, then narrowly upset undefeated #1 Booker T Washington in the semi-finals for their first Championship appearance since 1966. This time, Bixby won the rematch and defended their state title.

Athletic Complex[edit]

Charles Page High School has an extensive athletic complex that includes tennis courts, an indoor basketball arena, a baseball field, a football stadium, and one and a half football practice fields.

At the end of the 2006 football seasion, Charles Page's football stadium, Memorial Stadium, was demolished. Construction of the new Memorial Stadium started in the early winter of 2007. The field itself and bleachers were completed for the start of the 2007 football seasion, while the stadium facilities such as restrooms, locker rooms, and concession stands were completed mid seasion. The original stadium was built in 1948-1949 to replace the older Dubie Field that was located at 2nd and Washington in Sand Springs.[citation needed]

On 13 October 2009, Sand Springs citizens passed a bond issue that will provide renovations to the current Ed Dubie fieldhouse as well as various other projects such as a new fine arts facility and the demolition of the pool for the eventual converting into a new wrestling facility.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Marques Haynes actually graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Sand Springs. However, CPHS is the successor school after the integration of African-American students into the Sand Springs School System. Likewise, William R. Pogue, Jerry Adair, and Mae Young graduated from Sand Springs High School, which was replaced by CPHS in 1959.


  1. ^ Anne Hull (2004-09-26). "In the Bible Belt, Acceptance Is Hard-Won". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  2. ^ Kim Brown (November 9, 2004). "Sand Springs: Anti-gay protesters target school". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 

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