El Reno High School

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El Reno High School
407 S. Choctaw

El Reno

United States
Coordinates35°31′48″N 97°57′16″W / 35.5299°N 97.9544°W / 35.5299; -97.9544Coordinates: 35°31′48″N 97°57′16″W / 35.5299°N 97.9544°W / 35.5299; -97.9544
Established1911 (1911)
School districtEl Reno Public Schools
PrincipalPat Liticker
Enrollment865 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)navy blue and white
El Reno High School
ArchitectLayton & Smith, S. Wemyss
Architectural styleLate Gothic Revival
NRHP reference #00000179[2]
Added to NRHPMarch 30, 2000

El Reno High School is a school building in El Reno, Oklahoma.

Architectural history[edit]

El Reno High School, located at 407 South Choctaw, is a ​2 12-story horizontally massed, detached building (two stories over raised basement). Measuring 175 feet east-west and 132 feet north-south, the building is oriented in an east-west direction, with the main (1911) entrance facing west on South Choctaw. The school is located in a mixed-use area, with residential areas to the west and southwest, and commercial areas to the north and east.

The building was constructed in two phases. The west half, or El Reno High School proper, constructed in 1911, was designed by the Oklahoma City firm of Layton and Smith, Oklahoma's premier architects and designers of the Oklahoma State Capitol as well as many public schools. The east half, originally built for junior high school classes, was designed by an unknown architect and was constructed in 1925-1926.

In style, the El Reno High School building incorporates many of the elements of Late Gothic Revival as applied to public buildings, also known as Collegiate Gothic, and resembles later buildings designed by Layton and Smith, such as Bizzell Memorial Library.[3] The major features of this building include: flat roof with raised, shaped, and/or castellated parapet; towers with long, narrow "princess" windows; pinnacles rising from parapets or towers; and polychrome surfaces, or contrasting brick and stone work, with stone work forming copings, window and door hoods, arches, horizontal bands or water tables, and quoins. In general the two defining characteristics of the building were the decorative stonework and, before alteration, the windows. Bedford Indiana Limestone creates hood moldings that accentuate the openings and bands that emphasize the horizontal arches.


El Reno High School's athletic teams are called the Indians, and their colors are navy blue and white. Their athletic facilities are at the Canadian County Fairgrounds along historic U.S. Route 66. Their gym, the Jenks-Simmons Field House, opened in 1954 as the Thunderbird Coliseum, and is known for its obscure tie to NCAA basketball history: In the 1955 NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Oklahoma City University Chiefs hosted a regional quarterfinal game there against the Bradley Braves, losing to Bradley 69-65. Bradley would go on to win in the Sweet Sixteen against SMU before losing to Colorado in the Elite Eight that year. For the Chiefs, this was their fourth straight tournament appearance, all losses, but they would turn it around and advance to the next two Elite Eights. The Chiefs also hosted the tournament in 1957, but this time at Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City.[citation needed]

Notable achievements[edit]

  • Basketball State Champions in 1921, 1924, 1926, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1949, and 1953. Runners up in 1920, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1959, 1998, and 2011
  • Golf State Champions in 1987 and runners up in 1997
  • Baseball State Champions in 1967, 1991 and 1992
  • Wrestling Dual State Champions from 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 and State Champions from 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Dual State runners up in 1995
  • Runners up in Oklahoma State Football Championship in 1957, 1958, 1967, 1981, 1999


  1. ^ "EL RENO HS". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2010-03-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)