Conway High School (Arkansas)
|Conway High School|
Construction of Conway High School
|2300 Prince Street (West Campus)
Conway, Arkansas, 72034
|School district||Conway Public Schools|
|NCES District ID||054590|
|CEEB Code||040490 (West)
|NCES School ID||05459000184 (West)
1413 (East) (2010-11)
|• Grade 9||750|
|• Grade 10||663|
|• Grade 11||639|
|• Grade 12||621|
|Campus||Conway High School West
Conway High School East
|Athletics conference||7A Central (2012-14)|
|Team name||Conway Wampus Cats|
|USNWR ranking||Unranked (2012)|
|Yearbook||The Wampus Cat|
|Affiliation||Arkansas Activities Association
Conway Career Center
|National Blue Ribbon School||1984-85|
Conway High School is a comprehensive public school in Conway, Arkansas, United States. Conway High School serves over 2,600 students and is administered by the Conway School District. The high school consists of two campuses: West Campus (grades 10-12) and East Campus (grades 8-9). The school has been nationally recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and since 1953 has won at least 33 state championships in interscholastic sports.
Established in 1928, the original buildings of Conway High School served the surrounding community until new facilities were built in 1937. A cafeteria was added in 1948 and a gymnasium in 1949. The cafeteria was demolished in 1961. The West campus building was constructed in 1968 and is being reconstructed and improved in 2012–13.
Conway High School East is one of twenty high schools to be recognized with the 2012 College Readiness Award by the Arkansas ACT Council in recognition of improving the participation rate of students taking the ACT college readiness exam.
The school's assumed course of study is based on the Smart Core curriculum developed by the ADE. The school offers regular (core and career focus) courses and exams and students may select from 13 Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and exams that provide an opportunity for college credit.
Conway Area Career Center
Located on the campus of Conway High School is the Conway Area Career Center, which fosters career and technical education for the following Conway area high schools:
- Conway High School - East & West
- Conway Christian
- Bigelow (East End)
- Heber Springs
- Mt. Vernon–Enola
- South Side (Bee Branch)
- St. Joseph
- Westside (Greers Ferry)
The Conway Area Career Center offers numerous professional certification programs in welding, photography, health science technology for medical professionals, and family and consumer sciences. The Center maintains affiliations with the various schools' programs for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), FFA, SkillsUSA, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), and JROTC.
The Conway High School mascot is the Wampus cat, stylized as a mythical 6-legged swamp cat (4 legs to run with the speed of light and 2 legs to fight with all its might). The school colors are blue and white.
The Conway Wampus Cats participate in numerous interscholastic sports and activities in the state's largest classification (7A) within the 7A/6A Central Conference administered by the Arkansas Activities Association including: baseball, basketball (boys/girls), bowling (boys/girls), cheer, cross country (boys/girls), dance, football, golf (boys/girls), soccer (boys/girls), softball, swimming (boys/girls), tennis (boys/girls), track (boys/girls), volleyball and wrestling. Home football games are played at John McConnell Stadium, named in 1993 after the late community leader and school board president.
The Conway Wampus Cats have been competitive at the district and state level for several years. For example, the Wampus Cats baseball teams have been to six state championship games (winning two) and 24 state tournaments. The girls track teams won four consecutive titles from 1986 to 1989. In all, the Conway Wampus Cats have at least 34 state championships including:
- Football state champions: 1964 (mythical)
- Volleyball state champions: 1998
- Cross country state champions (4x): Boys –1964, 1965, 1987; Girls – 1986
- Golf state champions (7x): Boys – 1978, 1982, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012
- Basketball state champions (6x): Boys: 1973, 1974, 1976, 2010; Girls: 2008, 2014
- Swimming & diving state champions (3x): Boys – 1988; Girls – 1988, 2011
- Soccer state champions: Girls – 2011
- Wrestling state champions: 2011
- Baseball state champions (2x): 1989, 2011
- Track & field (12x): Boys (8x) – 1953, 1954, 1957, 1960, 1963, 1981, 1989, 1992; Girls (4x) – 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
In 2002, head coach Noel Boucher, for his work on Wampus Cat Field, was selected as the District 6 Groundkeeper/Field of the Year by the National High School Baseball Coaches of America.
Clubs and traditions
Conway students are provided opportunities to participate in programs such as National Honor Society, National Beta Club, Arkansas Governor's School, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Teachers of Tomorrow, Key Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), SkillsUSA, Mu Alpha Theta, Health Occupations Students of America, and Student Council.
The following are notable people associated with Conway High School. If the person was a Conway High School student, the number in parentheses indicates the year of graduation; if the person was a faculty or staff member, that person's title and years of association are listed.
- Marvin Delph (1974)—Former high school and collegiate basketball player; led Wampus Cats to state titles in 1973 and 1974; was a member of the famed "Triplets" at the University of Arkansas that led the Razorbacks to the 1978 Final Four
- Peyton Hillis (2004)—National Football League (NFL) player
- Greg Lasker (1982)—College professor; former Arkansas Razorback and NFL player; won Super Bowl XXI with the NY Giants
- Ernie Ruple (1964)—Former High School All-State, University of Arkansas Razorback, and NFL player
- Robbie Wills (1986)—Lawyer and politician; Speaker of the House, Arkansas House of Representatives
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