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 a large public high school located in Spokane Valley, Washington at the corner of Sullivan and Wellesley. East Valley provides 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 fitness center.
The original East Valley High School opened its doors in the fall of 1960 and graduated its first class in 1961. The original 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 many years of service to its students and community.
On May 9, 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 was evacuated and the Spokane Valley Fire Department was onsite to assist with the cleanup. Students were sent home after the spill.
Clubs and extracurricular activities
Clubs offered at EVHS include Key Club, DECA, 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.
For the first time in East Valley history, in the Spring of 2015, the team (still managed by Lori Jacobsen) placed first in the Regional competition and 2A division in Arlington, WA in the state tournament.
EVHS and its rival school West Valley High School (Spokane) participate in an annual spirit competition known as Golden Throne. Before the game, 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 the boys') with themed skits that incorporates the school's clubs, faculty, and 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 scored 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, and both West Valley and East Valley students are welcome to attend.
The school's vision is to inspire all students to achieve academic success and become responsible citizens.
As of April 2011, there were total of 1,398 students: 712 males and 686 females. White students have the biggest ethnic representation at 91.92%, with African American following at 1.22%, Asian/Pacific Islander at 3.15%, Hispanic at 1.79%, and American Indian/Alaskan Native at 1.93%.