Eden Prairie High School

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Eden Prairie Senior High School
17185 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
United States
Type Public Secondary
Established 1923
Principal Conn McCartan
Teaching staff 193
Grades 9-12
Number of students 3,184 [1]
Color(s) Red, Black, and White
Mascot Eagles
Newspaper Eyrie

Eden Prairie Senior High School (EPHS) is a four-year public high school located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota established in 1923. The present high school opened in 1981 and was significantly added to in 1990, 1994 and 1997. The school was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1996 by the United States Department of Education. Eden Prairie High School is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the Minnesota Department of Education.

Map of Minnesota with Eden Prairie highlighted

With 3,184 students,[2] Eden Prairie High School is the second largest high school in Minnesota by enrollment in 2011-12.[3] In the 2010-11 school year, 79% of students were White, 9% were African American, 8% were Asian, and 4% were Hispanic.[4]


Eden Prairie High School is on a block schedule. The school year consists of 171 student days, divided into four quarters. Each day consists of four periods, each of which are 87 minutes long. The high school offers over 350 courses, many of which are electives. Offered language courses include: Spanish, French, Sign Language, German and Chinese. Class size ranges from 29-34 students.[4] On most Tuesdays, classes are shortened for a morning period of free time, called "Zero Hour", which is usually allocated to club meetings. EPHS currently utilizess an additional hour called "CORE," implemented in the 2014-2015 school year. CORE is dedicated to help students who need more help in courses and for students to have time with their teachers to prepare for an upcoming test or make up late work.

Eden Prairie High School regularly fields one of the largest number of National Merit Semifinalists in the state of Minnesota.


The school is divided into four wings on three floors. The North Wing is home to the Auditorium, Performing Arts Center (PAC), the Main Gym, small gym, machine shops, music classrooms and EagleVision Television Studios. The South wing contains the Old Commons lunch room, Science classrooms and labs, Foreign Language classrooms, a Photography lab, and Special Services facilities. In the East Wing of Eden Prairie High School is the New or East Commons lunch room, Math classrooms, Social Studies classrooms, and English classrooms. Lastly, the West Wing is home of the Business classrooms, Technology classrooms and labs, Health classrooms and the Economic classrooms. Also, each department has a resource center near the specific classrooms so that students can work in close proximity to their teachers when necessary.

Student activities[edit]

Student activities include fine arts; academic teams such as Quiz Bowl, Knowledge Bowl, and Future Problem Solvers; Team 2502, a robotics team; a variety of clubs, including the Eyrie newspaper and the eagLIT literary magazine; and both varsity and intramural sports. Eden Prairie high school boasts a wide variety of extracurricular activities which include: Band, Ceramics Sculpture, Chess Team, Chorus, Computer Arts, Dance, Drawing Painting, Orchestra, Math Team, Photography, Theater Drama, Video Film Production, and a Ukulele Club.[5]


Eden Prairie High School is a member of the Lake Conference in the Minnesota State High School League. In 2006, the football team was ranked by MaxPreps as the No. 11 team in the nation following a win in the 2006 State Championship.[6] In 2007, Sports Illustrated named Eden Prairie the top high school athletic program in Minnesota.[7] The high school was also recognized by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top Ten Athletic Programs in 2008-2009.[8] In the 2001-2002 school year, Eden Prairie's athletic budget was $1,460,433, the highest per capita of any high school in Minnesota.[9] Eden Prairie is also the only high school in Minnesota to send a team (pom squad) to the UDA National Dance Team Championship, where they have claimed 7 national titles (1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011).[citation needed] Rachel Bootsma, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, is an Eden Prairie graduate and set records which still stand today.

State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Soccer, Boys 2 2002, 2011
Soccer, Girls 2 2005, 2010
Cross Country Running, Boys 1 2009
Cross Country Running, Girls 3 1980, 2008, 2010
Football 10 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Volleyball 1 2011
Swimming and diving, Girls 4 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999[1]
Winter Alpine skiing, Boys 1 2005
Nordic skiing, Boys 3 1983, 1984, 2013
Hockey, Boys 2 2009, 2011
Hockey, Girls 3 2006, 2008, 2016
Competitive Cheerleading Team 4 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Dance Team, Girls 5 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003
Gymnastics, Girls 5 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2005
Swimming and diving, Boys 6 2002, 2003, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2016
Quiz Bowl league 6 1994, 1996, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014
Spring Baseball, 2 2004, 2010
Softball, 1 2002
NAQT Quiz Bowl State 5 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014
Mock trial 1 (Not Varsity) 1996
Golf, Boys 2 1999, 2013
Tennis, Boys 1 2010
Track, Boys 2 2008, 2010
Lacrosse, Boys 4 2004, [2]2012, 2013, 2014
Lacrosse, Girls 7 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2016
Total 83
  1. ^ The 1999 state championship was a tie between Eden Prairie High School and Edina High School
  2. ^ The Minnesota State High School League's first lacrosse tournaments for boys and girls were held in 2007. Prior to that year lacrosse was a U.S. Lacrosse Association Certified Club Sport.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Minnesota State High School League
  2. ^ http://www3.edenpr.org/public/headlines/info.aspx%7Cdate=March 2011
  3. ^ http://www.mshsl.org/mshsl/enrollments.asp?sort=2%7Cdate=Nov 2013
  4. ^ a b Eden Prairie Schools ISD #272
  5. ^ http://www.edenpr.org/domain/276
  6. ^ High School Football Rankings 06-07 - MaxPreps
  7. ^ SI.com The top high schools in each of the 50 states and D.C.
  8. ^ SI.com 2008-2009 top 10 high school athletic programs in the U.S.
  9. ^ Brackin, Dennis; Rand, Michael (2003-09-23). "The business of high school sports Success has a price". Star Tribune: Metro 1A. 
  10. ^ "Eden Prairie graduate Adam Bartley stars on 'Longmire'". Shakopee Valley News. Savage, MN. February 26, 2015. 
  11. ^ Blount, Rachel (May 22, 2012). "Rachel Bootsma dares to dream her Olympic dream". Star Tribune. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Vikings sign Bykowski off the 49ers Practice Squad". Vikings.com. 
  13. ^ "Twins, Jason Marquis part ways". ESPN.com. Associated Press. May 22, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ Leighton, Tim (September 6, 2009). "Empire of the son". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ Youngblood, Kent (July 12, 2013). "Nick Leddy brings the Stanley Cup to Minnesota". Star Tribune. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Eden Prairie's Neil Wagner Named Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher". Southwest Metro Magazine. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  17. ^ Huss, Dan (March 23, 2007). "Wittman Named Ivy Rookie of the Year". Eden Prairie News. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Ethan Wragge Creighton Bluejays bio". Creighton Bluejays. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 44°52′18″N 93°29′34″W / 44.8718°N 93.4929°W / 44.8718; -93.4929