Como Park Senior High School

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Como Park Senior High School
Saint Paul, Minnesota
United States
Coordinates 44°58′33″N 93°7′52″W / 44.97583°N 93.13111°W / 44.97583; -93.13111Coordinates: 44°58′33″N 93°7′52″W / 44.97583°N 93.13111°W / 44.97583; -93.13111
Type Public
Established 1979
Principal Theresa Neal
Number of students 1474 [1][2]
Mascot Cougar
Colors Black and Gold         

Como Park Senior High School (CPSHS or commonly known as CPHS) is a public high school located in the Lake Como area of Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States, serving grades nine through twelve. Along with nine other public high schools, Como Park comprises the Saint Paul Public Schools. Newsweek ranked the school in their "List of the Top High Schools in America" for the fourth time in five years (2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010).[3]


Como Park Senior High School opened its doors for classes in 1979 and remained the youngest high school in the district until Arlington Senior High opened in 1997.

Originally opened in 1957, Como Park Junior High School was converted into a senior high school in the fall of 1979, accepting students from the just closed Washington and Murray High Schools, both of which became junior highs that same year. The school originally began with only three classes - sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The freshman class was added in 1980. Construction was not completed when the school year began.[4]


Como Park's average score on the ACT exam was 21.2 compared to a state average of 22.6 and a national average of 21.1.[5][6][7] 51.56% of students were considered proficient in reading while 22.08% were proficient in math. The school is currently meeting 83.9% of the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements but is not meeting AYP due to low proficiency in mathematics. Como Park has an AYP graduation rate of 96%.[2]


Como Park is the fourth largest high school in the Saint Paul Public Schools district with 1474 students attending in the 2007-2008 school year.[1] The plurality of students identified as Caucasian, with 32%, while students identifying as Asian and Black composed 31% and 28% of the student body respectively. Finally, 8% of students identified as Hispanic and 1% American Indian. A little more than half, 65%, qualified for Free and Reduced Price Lunch, a measure of poverty. 35% of students have limited English Proficiency and 15% qualify for special education.[1][2]


Cougar athletic programs compete in Class AAAA of the Minnesota State High School League.[8]

Fall Sports:
Boys': Cross-Country, Football, Soccer
Girls': Cross-Country, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Winter Sports:
Boys': Basketball, Hockey, Nordic Skiing, Swimming, Wrestling
Girls': Basketball, Gymnastics, Hockey, Nordic Skiing

Spring Sports:
Boys': Baseball, Golf, Tennis, Track & Field, Ultimate
Girls': Badminton, Golf, Softball, Track & Field, Ultimate

City Championships[edit]

City Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year(s)
Fall Football 7 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009
Cross Country, Boys 1 2010
Soccer, Boys 4 1992, 2000, 2009, 2012, 2013
Soccer, Girls 1 2005
Tennis, Girls 2 2007, 2009
Volleyball 2 1979, 1994, 2013
Winter Hockey, Boys 2 2001, 2005
Nordic Skiing, Girls 1 2009
Swimming, Boys 5 1980, 1981, 1983, 1990, 1991
Wrestling 10 1980, 1982, 1984, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004
Spring Badminton 5 1980, 1982, 1998, 1999, 2002
Baseball 2 2005, 2007, 2014
Golf, Boys 4 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
Softball 3 2007, 2008, 2009
Tennis, Boys 1 2006
Total 45

State Championships[edit]

Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Soccer, Boys 1 2013

The Boys Basketball team won Section Championships in 2003 and 2008. In 2003, Como Park took 3rd Place in the Class AAAA State Tournament. In 2008, Como lost in the Quarterfinal game of the Class AAAA State Tournament.

The Boys Soccer team won Sectionals Championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. In 2013, Como Park Defeated Hill-Murray in the Class A State Championship game.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Como Park Senior High School". Saint Paul Public Schools. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b c "COMO PARK SENIOR HIGH (212)". Minnesota Department of Education. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  3. ^ "America's Best High Schools 2010". The complete list of the 1600 top U.S. schools. Newsweek. 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  4. ^ Sigvertson, Jene T. From the Past to the Present: An Inventory of Saint Paul Public School Facilities. (PDF). Saint Paul Public Schools. p. 266. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-01. 
  5. ^ Hawkins, Beth; Allison Wickler (September 2008). "Making the Grade". Minnesota Monthly. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (2007). "Minnesota's Class of 2007 leads the nation in ACT scores". KARE 11. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  7. ^ "2008 Average ACT Scores By State". ACT, Inc. 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  8. ^ "Saint Paul Johnson High School". Minnesota State High School League. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 

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