Eastview High School

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Eastview High School
6200 140th Street West
Apple Valley, MN
Type Public high school
Established 1997
School district Independent School District 196.
Principal Dr. Randall Peterson
Grades 9-12
Number of students 2,145 (2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 20.97 (2014-15)
Color(s) Black, Blue, Silver, White[2]                    
Mascot Zapp
Newspaper The Lightning Press
Yearbook Lightyear
Announcements Show The 4Cast
News Magazine The Flash
The Eastview High School sign on the corner of Flagstaff Avenue and 140th Street.

Eastview High School is a comprehensive and college preparatory public high school located in District 196 which is in Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA. Established in 1997, Eastview is the newest of the four high schools serving Independent School District 196. Newsweek ranked the school in their "List of the Top High Schools in America" for the sixth consecutive time (2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006, 2007, 2008).[3] Eastview has also been recognized by US News & World Report as one of America's Best High Schools.[4] In 2013, Eastview was ranked in the top 3% of the most challenging high schools in the United States, as well as a top comprehensive high school in Minnesota.[5] Prior to the 2010-2011 school year, Eastview was a member of the Lake Conference, but then broke off with most of the Lake Conference schools in order to create the South Suburban Conference.[citation needed]

Feeder schools[edit]

Students matriculate from three different public middle schools:


Eastview High School, District 196's fourth comprehensive high school, opened on September 14, 1997. Located in Apple Valley, MN, includes a 330,000 square foot facility and 200 acres of recreational facilities. It is home to over 2,000 students in grades 9-12. Eastview uses the quarter system - 9 weeks per quarter. There are four quarters in a full school year. The majority of the courses at Eastview High School are quarter courses. Some courses (School of Environmental Studies at the Minnesota Zoo courses and Career Development courses) will be 12 weeks in length because students from all district high schools will be attending these courses.[6]

Location and facilities[edit]

A view of the west doors of Eastview High School.
The south side of Eastview High School.

Eastview High School is located in Apple Valley, adjacent to 200 acres (0.81 km2) of playing fields and recreational facilities. The 330,000-square-foot (31,000 m2) facility is built to house 2,000 students in grades 9-12. Eastview High School's students have achieved high honors in academics, athletics, and the arts. Eastview was identified as a ten star school (highest rating) by the Minnesota Department of Education. Additionally, Eastview has been named as one of the most challenging high schools in the nation, 6th in the state. According to the Washington Post Eastview has some of the most AP Tests given a year, being recognized as one of the top performing Advanced Placement schools with more than half of their students taking some sort of Advanced Placement, Honors or CIS course. Eastview has also received the title of best high school by News Week, USA TODAY and other publications. Eastview is also one of the few high schools to have some of the most national merit scholars come out of it.


Eastview's team name is the Lightning and their mascot is Zapp, an anthropomorphic lightning bolt. In only 13 years of existence, Eastview athletic teams have won 21 state championships, 47 section championships, 44 conference championships, 11 state academic championships, and 30 section academic championships.[7] Students from Eastview join forces with other district schools to form the Dakota Hawks, one of the nation's best disabled athletic teams. The Hawks have won 16 state championships since Eastview joined the team when the school opened in 1997.[8]

Arts and Forensics[edit]

Eastview's Debate and Speech Team is consistently ranked among the top schools in the nation, according to the National Forensics League (NFL), the national governing body for forensic-oriented co-curriculars. Debate is led by head coach Todd Hering and Speech is led by Ryan Roseen, among a variety of other coaching staff. Since the school opened in 1997, Eastview Speech and Debate staff have coached at least 10 National Champions, across all categories in both activities. It was once again named a National School of Excellence by the National Forensics League for the year 2011-2012, given its success at the National and State levels. It has been deemed a multi-diamond school given its persistently excellent performance in forensics, as awarded also by the NFL. In Theater, Eastview often sees major success in musical theater. In 2012, their musical won 26 Spotlight Awards(the most in history). Recently their production of Good News won 18 awards.


In the 2011-2012 season, Eastview took the triple crown in Debate for the first time: the school took the championship Classic, Public Forum, and Lincoln-Douglas styles of debate. In Classic Debate, the Governor's Cup is awarded to the school with the most wins given their total number of tournament rounds throughout the season. Eastview Debate continued to carry the Governors Cup until 2015, when they lost the award to a Rochester Mayo Debate Squad.[9] Eastview had won this award contiguously since Classic Debate emerged in 2001. Eastview Debate consistently qualifies teams to the National Tournament most frequently in the Public Forum style. Since 2003, Eastview has qualified at least one team to the National Forensic League Tournament in Public Forum. In addition, Eastview Debate has participated in Lincoln-Douglas Debate (LD). However, participating in this style of debate has produced momentous results. In the 2007-2008 season, Jake Branchaud-Linsk and Akshar Rambachan took 3rd and 1st place, respectively at the State Tournament in Lincoln-Douglas. Jake Branchaud-Linsk also qualified for Nationals at this tournament, narrowly missing Semifinals in the same event.


In 2011-2012, Eastview Speech also carried another National Championship in International Extemporaneous Speaking, with Ashesh Rambachan taking 1st, having also won the State Championship in Lincoln-Douglas Debate as well as Co-Champion in Classic Debate. Ashesh Rambachan also took 2nd at the National Forensics Tournament for the 2010-2011 season in International Extemporaneous Speaking. In 2007-2008 season, Ashesh's brother Akshar Rambachan took the National Championship in International Extemporaneous Speaking, as well as their sister Ishanaa Rambachan in 2003-2004. Other individuals such as James Hohman carry multiple National Championships also, albeit in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking. In addition, the speech team has seen large success. Lisa Ramroop being a state champion in Discussion and Mike Ross being a state champion in Creative Expression. Along with state success, additional wins at the 2012 NFL were Karina Devine, Mike Ross, Kiki Laing and Alex Leehan. This well known speech team often is in the top 3 in team sweeps and is often recognized as a speech school.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "EASTVIEW SENIOR HIGH". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ "MSHSL: Eastview High School". MSHSL. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Top of the Class". The complete list of the 1300 top U.S. schools. MSNBC. 2007. Archived from the original on 6 October 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2007. 
  4. ^ "Best High Schools". US News and World Report. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.district196.org/evhs/academics/wpmostchallenginghighschools4_17_13.pdf
  6. ^ "Eastview High School - School Information". district196.org. 
  7. ^ "Eastview High School - Accomplishments". district196.org. 
  8. ^ "Athletics". District 196. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  9. ^ http://www.kttc.com/story/30677196/2015/12/05/mayo-high-school-debate-team-wins-governors-cup-at-state-tournament
  10. ^ Glassman, Sara. "Style star: Dottie Cannon, from Minneapolis". Star Tribune. 
  11. ^ "Rhys Lloyd Profile". FoxSports.com. Retrieved October 14, 2012. 

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