Clayton High School (Missouri)

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Clayton High School
1 Mark Twain Circle

United States
Coordinates38°39′01″N 90°20′46″W / 38.6502°N 90.3462°W / 38.6502; -90.3462Coordinates: 38°39′01″N 90°20′46″W / 38.6502°N 90.3462°W / 38.6502; -90.3462
TypePublic co-ed secondary
PrincipalDan Gutchewsky
Enrollment867 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)         Blue and orange
RivalLadue Horton Watkins High School
NewspaperThe Globe

Clayton High School is a public high school in Clayton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, that is the only high school in the School District of Clayton.


The first Clayton High School classes met in the upper floors of the Forsyth School beginning in 1908. In 1911, the school graduated its first class. Designed by William B. Ittner, the first Clayton High School building opened in September 1917 at 7500 Maryland Avenue.[2] The building, which cost slightly less than $111,000 to construct and $14,000 to partially equip, included six main classrooms and a large study hall–library.[2] The building also featured a chemistry, biology and physics laboratories, an art room, a music room, and several vocational and technical classrooms.[2] The school also included a combined gymnasium and 700-seat auditorium.[2] By the 1940s, however, the building was overcrowded, and the district considered multiple options for its replacement.[3]

Although planned to open in 1948, postwar supply shortages delayed the construction of a new building until the early 1950s.[3] In 1952, the school building was sold to the department store chain Famous-Barr, and the school was demolished for the store parking lot.[3] The new building opened in 1954 at 1 Mark Twain Circle, and the first class graduated in 1955.[3] At the start of the schools 1954 opening, the school's entrance featured a six-foot diameter granite globe sculpture weighing nearly ten tons. A block of ice was used to set the globe in place.[3]


Clayton has been ranked among the top public high schools by Newsweek and has won national and state-level awards for quality. For the 1983–1984 school year, Clayton was nominated by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the United States Department of Education School in Need of the Most Help Awardl program; for the following year its nomination was accepted and it became nationally recognized.[4] It was again named a Missouri Gold Star school in 1994–1995 and was nominated for the Blue Ribbon school program.[4] In 2011, Newsweek ranked Clayton as the 89th-best public high school in the United States, which was the highest in the state of Missouri.[5] Newsweek again ranked Clayton in 2012; its ranking was 129 of the top 1,000 schools.[6] When Clayton sophomores participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2009, the school's average scores in science and reading were higher than the averages of all other participating countries, including the United States; its average score was second-highest as compared to participating countries in mathematics.[7][8]

Current status[edit]


Clayton has a relatively low dropout rate and a high graduation rate; for the 2010–2011 school year, fewer than 1 percent of students dropped out compared to the Missouri state dropout rate of 3.4 percent.[9] Since the passage of No Child Left Behind in 2001, Clayton met the requirements for adequate yearly progress in communication arts in 2004, 2006, and from 2009 through 2011, and in mathematics from 2006 through 2010.[9]

Graduation and dropout rates by year
Year Graduates Cohort dropouts‡ Graduation rate† Total dropouts‡ Dropout rate†
2011 198 1 99.5 1 .1
2010 205 3 98.6 3 .4
2009 231 2 99.1 4 .5
2008 186 5 97.4 1 .1
2007 237 4 98.3 3 .4
2006 211 6 97.2 7 .8
2005 227 3 98.7 5 .6
2004 209 8 96.3 3 .3
2003 192 7 96.5 5 .6
2002 189 13 93.6 11 1.3
‡ Cohort dropouts is the number of students from the grade level graduating for that year who dropped out.
† Graduation rate is calculated as number of graduates divided by number of graduates plus dropouts, multiplied by 100.
‡ Total dropouts is the number of students at the school who dropped out of school during that school year.
† Dropout rate is calculated as number of total dropouts/(September enrollment plus transfers in and minus transfers out + September enrollment)/2).


For the 2011–2012 school year, the school offered 27 activities approved by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA): baseball, boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, boys and girls cross country, dance team, field hockey, football, boys and girls golf, girls lacrosse, band and orchestra, scholar bowl, boys and girls soccer, softball, speech and debate, boys and girls swimming and diving, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track and field, girls volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.[10] In addition to its current activities, Clayton students have won multiple state championships, including:

  • Football: 2004
  • Girls Tennis: 1985
  • Boys Outdoor Track and Field: 1934, 1935
  • Boys Indoor Track and Field: 1934, 1935, 1936[11]

The Globe, Clayton's student-run publication, is a forty-eight page, full-color bi-quarterly newsmagazine. The Globe is a member of the National Scholastic Press Association's Hall of Fame, as well as a winner of the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association's All-Missouri designation, Quill and Scroll's Gallup Award, Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold and Silver Crown, and NSPA's Pacemaker.



  1. ^ "CLAYTON HIGH". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "A Unique Gymnasium and Auditorium". American School Board Journal. LIX (4): 49–50. October 1919. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Bosenbecker, Ray (2004). So, Where'd You Go to High School?. 1. St. Louis, Missouri: Virginia Publishing. pp. 36–37. ISBN 9781891442308.
  4. ^ a b Mary Ann Burns (2009). Gold Star and Blue Ribbon Schools Recognition Programs (PDF) (Report). Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. pp. 17–18, 20. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  5. ^ "America's Best High Schools 2011". Newsweek. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  6. ^ "America's Best High Schools 2012". Newsweek. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  7. ^ PISA Results (PDF) (Report). School District of Clayton. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  8. ^ Mary Shapiro (2 February 2011). "Clayton High School Aces International Test". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  9. ^ a b Missouri DESE School Statistics: Clayton
  10. ^ MSHSAA: Clayton
  11. ^ MSHSAA: Championship Histories by Sport