Edmond Memorial High School
|Edmond Memorial High School|
|1000 East 15th Street
Edmond, Oklahoma 73013
|Type||Public high school|
|Color(s)||Maroon and Grey|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Wrestling|
|Rival||Edmond North High School and Edmond Santa Fe High School|
The school was originally named Edmond High School because it was the only secondary school within the city limits. The first class graduated in 1922, and consisted of 24 students. As Edmond grew, the school changed location several times, moving to its current location on 15th Street in the mid-1960s. The current building was built in 1966 as a seventh grade only school. It opened to its first class of seventh graders the second semester of the 66-67 school year. At that point, Edmond High School was located at the corner of Ninth Street and Rankin. It housed all sophomores, juniors and seniors in Edmond. That building is now called Central Middle School and houses sixth, seventh and eighth graders from several elementary schools on the east side of Edmond. Also, it has lost its original, distinctive E shape due to new additions.
In 1975, the name of the school was changed to Edmond Memorial High School to honor six alumni who were killed while serving in Vietnam: Floyd Frazier, Jr., Allen Garrett, James Johnson, James Leonard, Danny Shores, and John Wilson. Because of its rapidly increasing size, in 1994 the school split into three, now rival schools, including Edmond North High School and Edmond Santa Fe High School.
In the past decade, Memorial has undergone a wave of new construction projects, including an expanded library, new parking lots, a new football locker room/pom and cheer practice facility, and a new freshmen academy. The auditorium has also been renovated.
For the 2007–2008 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,978 students and 93.1 classroom teachers. The graduation rate for the class of 2008 was 99.8 percent. Memorial has over twenty teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, who teach in every academic department.
Awards and recognition
Memorial received the Department of Education Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence in 2001–2002 school year, one of the highest honors an American high school can achieve. In 2008 Edmond Memorial was named the Siemens Foundation award winner for the state of Oklahoma for its consistently high Advanced Placement test scores in science, math and technology. The senior class of 2007 received more than $11 million in scholarship offers, and 60 percent of the class took AP classes.
Established in 1986, Swine Week is a week-long community service project at Edmond Memorial. Over the years, it has raised net total of over $5 million for various charitable organizations. The 2008 Swine Week theme was Viva Hog Vegas, and it raised over $265,000 for the Oklahoma Family Center for Autism. The 2009 theme was Pigelodeon, and it raised almost $319,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The 2010 theme was "Piggie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", and it raised a record breaking $527,704.88 for the Jimmy Everest Children's Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. The 2011 theme was "Hoggy Potter", and it raised almost $463,000 for the Oklahoma Children's Heart Disease Center. The 2012 theme was "Pigsney World", and it raised $475,000 for Oklahoma Project Woman. The 2013 theme was "Star Boars", and it raised about $353,000 for Limbs For Life Foundation. In Edmond Memorial's 2015 Swine Week campaign, entitled , "Pigtendo," they raised $701,334 for Angel's Forster Family Network in Oklahoma making it the largest grossing year yet.
- Bill Self, current head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team and former basketball player at Oklahoma State University
- Garrett Richards, Major League Baseball pitcher (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
- Johny Hendricks, professional mixed martial artist, former UFC Welterweight Champion, and two-time Division I national champion wrestler for Oklahoma State University
- Wes Sharon, Grammy nominated album producer
- Samantha Woodward, swimmer, Pan American Games and Summer Universiade medalist
- Marcus Nash, NFL first round pick
- Edmond Memorial High School (2007-8) from the State of Oklahoma Education Oversight Board.
- Education.com, "Memorial High School" (accessed June 24, 2010).
- Memorial High School Website, "Our History" (accessed June 24, 2010).
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1982-1983 Through 1999-2002 (accessed June 24, 2010).
- Advanced Placement test scores (accessed June 24, 2010).
- Edmond Sun article
- Shaw, Steve (April 2, 2012). "Childhood Coach Shares Memories Of Edmond Native Bill Self". News 9 Now / News on 6 Now. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
- Boor, William (May 21, 2013). "Oklahoma resident Richards' family OK". MLB.com. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
- "Former Cowboy Johny Hendricks Fights for UFC Welterweight Belt". Oklahoma State University. November 14, 2013.
- Aber, Ryan (February 21, 2012). "Samantha Woodward's swimming career about to end at Stanford". The Oklahoman. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
- Piersol, Ryan (July 23, 2007). "Ranking the last eight years". Edmond Sun. Retrieved January 13, 2015.