East Valley High School (Spokane, Washington)
|East Valley High School|
|Spokane Valley, Washington
|Type||Public High School|
|School district||East Valley School District|
|Number of students||1,019|
|Color(s)||Green, Black and White|
|Athletics conference||Greater Northern League|
East Valley High School (also known as EVHS) is Public High School located in Spokane Valley, Washington at the corner of Sullivan and Wellesley, East Valley is a large high school providing educational opportunities to approximately 1,400 students in grades 9-12. Located on a scenic 40-acre (160,000 m2) site, the high school campus includes athletic fields, two gyms, six tennis courts, a track, and a new fitness center.
The original East Valley High School opened its doors in the fall of 1960 and had its first graduating class receive their diplomas in the spring of 1961. The original high school, located on the corner of Sullivan and Wellesley, was built with the capability to house approximately 600 students. This facility served students from 1960-1989. A bond issue passed by voters in 1986 provided funding for a remodel of the original facility. While many portions of the 1960 building still stand, the 10 million dollar expansion created a new facility designed to support more than 1,600 students. Opening in 1989, the “new high school” has provided 21 years of service to students and community. On May 9th, 2014, a student brought a small vial of mercury to the school. Several students handled the mercury and it was spilled in one classroom. As a precaution, the school has been evacuated and the Spokane Valley Fire Department was onsite to assist with the cleanup. Students were sent home after the spill.
East Valley High School in the 50-year history of the school. The class of 2010 which graduated June 14 is the 50th class to graduate from East Valley High School.
Clubs and Extracurricular Activities
East Valley provides a variety of opportunities to students. Clubs offered at EVHS include Key Club, DECA (organization), FBLA, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, French Club, Drama, American Sign Language Club, LINK (a leadership group which accommodates and supports underclassmen and new students), Booster Club, and Knowledge Bowl.
EVHS and its rival school, West Valley High School (Spokane) participate in an annual spirit competition known as Golden Throne. Before the game even starts, the school has a spirit week to promote the game and pride. It's a tradition at East Valley that one of the spirit days be "Geeky Eagle Day" as a satirical celebration of the friendly rivalry between schools. The last school day before the game, there is an assembly to teach students cheers pertaining to the theme, preview performances, introduce the ASB officers as characters from said theme, and encourage crowd etiquette. The venue varies between one of the school's gymnasiums depending on the year. The competition traditionally consists of two basketball games (one with the girls varsity team and one with boys varsity) with themed skits that incorporate the school's clubs, faculty, student leadership, and feature performances from the cheerleaders in between quarters and at halftime. Both schools also organize community dances in which their students and faculty go to the gym floor and participate in a flash mob like routine. The points that the basketball teams score in the games do not determine the victor of the competition as it is based on school spirit, crowd participation, and good sportsmanship. After the game, the hosting school has a mixer no matter the outcome where both West Valley and East Valley students are welcome.
East Valley High School vision is to inspire all students to achieve academic success and become responsible citizens.
As of April 2011, there are total of 1,398 Students. There are 712 males, and 686 females. White students have the biggest ethnic representation at 91.92% with African American follow at 1.22%, Asian/Pacific Islander at 3.15%, Hispanic at 1.79%, and American Indian/Alaskan Native at 1.93%.