Elkins High School (West Virginia)

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Elkins High School
100 Kennedy Drive
Elkins, West Virginia, Randolph County 26241
United States
School type Public, high school
Established 1894[1]
Opened 1993[1]
School district Randolph County Schools
CEEB code 490360
Principal Mr. David Fincham[2]
Staff 75[2]
Grades 9–12
Number of students 933[2]
Student to teacher ratio 19.2[3]
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)      Orange      Black[4]
Athletics conference Big 10 Conference[5]
Mascot Tigers[4]
Nickname Home of the Tigers[4]
Rival Buckhannon-Upshur High School[citation needed]
Alumni Marshall Goldberg, John Ochsendorf

Elkins High School (EHS) is a public high school located in Elkins, West Virginia, United States. The school serves students ranging from grades 9 through 12. The school has an enrollment of 933 students as of September, 2009.[2] This makes it the 30th largest school by enrollment in the state,[6] and the second largest (Behind Buckhannon-Upshur High School) within 70 miles (110 km).[citation needed]

Mr. Russ Collett serves as principal of Elkins High School.[2]


The current building was constructed at a cost of $13.7 million[7] by the site of the existing Randolph Vocational Technical Center, Midland Elementary School and adjacent to the Elkins-Randolph County Regional Airport. The architect, SEM Partners, created a two story building of over 160,000 square feet (15,000 m2).[7] The new building was the result of a school consolidation effort in West Virginia. Coalton High School was closed and students from Coalton, WV were bused to Elkins, WV to attend the new high school. In an effort to acknowledge the merger of the two high schools, the school board voted prior to the 1993-1994 school to name the new school Forest Hills High School.[citation needed] The new high school opened during the Fall of 1993 and held commencement exercises during June 1994 for what would become the only graduating class of Forest Hills High School. Following the 1993-1994 school year, several new school board members were elected to the Randolph County Board of Education with support from the Elkins High School Alumni Association. During the summer of 1994, these new board members voted to change the name of the school back to Elkins High School. The school reopened for the 1994-1995 school year as Elkins High School.


The teachers and administration at EHS promote and reward students for academics and attendance.[citation needed] EHS offers both basic courses and a variety of Advanced Placement courses and Dual Credit courses. Students who attend EHS also have the opportunity to take Vocational classes at the connected Randolph Technical Center (RTC) and College courses.[citation needed] Although not offered every year, EHS, along with the RTC offers 132 courses, six of which are Advanced Placement courses (Music, English Literature and Language, Calculus AB, US History and Government and Politics).[8]

As of 2009, the graduation rate is 77.7%. The average for all West Virginia high schools is 77.0%. For 2009 the graduation rate for the U.S. is 75.5%.[9]

Interscholastic Athletics[edit]

Athletics are also a big part of the student life at EHS. The school is classified AAA, the highest classification, by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission.[10] EHS fields 19 separate teams in every officially sanctioned WVSSAC sport.[11]

The school competed in the NCAC (North Central Athletic Conference) from 1986 until the 2009-2010 school year. It will return to the Big 10 conference for the 2010-2011 school year.[5] It offers baseball, boys' and girls' basketball, cheerleading, boys' and girls' cross country, football, golf, boys' and girls' soccer, softball, boys' and girls' swimming, boys' and girls' tennis, boys' and girls' track, girls' volleyball and wrestling.


Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, track, volleyball and wrestling hold their home contests on the EHS campus. The football team practices and plays their games at the historic Wimer Field, located at the former campus of Elkins High School in South Elkins. The cross country, swimming and tennis teams hold their home contests on the campus of Davis and Elkins College. The soccer team practices at EHS but plays their matches at Riverbend Park, also in south Elkins, maintained by the Elkins Park & Recreation Commission. The field was one of the first soccer-only fields in the state to be fitted with lights. The golf team hosts its home matches at Elk's Golf Course, located three miles (5 km) south of EHS. The softball team plays in renovated fields behind the Elkins Middle School. All girls' teams are known as the Lady Tigers.

State Champions and Runners-up[edit]

Elkins High School athletes hold individual and team state titles in numerous sports. The following are the team titles provided by the WVSSAC[12]

State Champions[edit]

  • Boys' Basketball (1914, 1926, 1935)
  • Boys' Cross Country (1978, 1979)
  • Girls' Cross Country (1986, 2001)
  • Football (1928)
  • Girls' Soccer (2005)
  • Boys' Tennis (2011)

State Runners Up[edit]

  • Baseball (1990)
  • Boys' Basketball (1934, 1936, 1950)
  • Girls' Basketball (1982)
  • Boys' Cross Country (1980, 1981)
  • Girls' Cross Country (1985, 1998, 2002)
  • Girls' Soccer (2004)

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "History of Elkins High School". Elkins High School. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "WV School Directory:Elkins High School". Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "CCD Public school data 2007-2008 school year". Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Elkins High School". Elkins High School. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Lewis, Jessika (16 March 2010). "Schools Continue to Bail on NCAC". WBOY-TV. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Schools by Size, High Schools, School Year: 2009-10". West Virginia Department of Education. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "School Building Authority: Randolph County". State of West Virginia. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "ELKINS HIGH SCHOOL, RANDOLPH COUNTY, School Year 2009-10". West Virginia Department of Education. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Building A Grad Nation 2012". Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "High School Classification for 2008-2009 thru 2011-2012". West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "WVSSAC Sports and Schedules". West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "State Champion History". West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. Retrieved 2 August 2010. 

Coordinates: 38°53′29.90″N 79°51′6.20″W / 38.8916389°N 79.8517222°W / 38.8916389; -79.8517222