Hall High School (Arkansas)
|Hall High School|
6700 H Street|
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
|School district||Little Rock School District|
|NCES School ID||050900000616|
|Faculty||111.60 (on FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.45|
|Team name||Hall Warriors|
Hall High School is an accredited public high school located in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. Hall is one of five comprehensive four-year public high schools in the Little Rock School District (LRSD) enrolling students in grades nine through twelve.
Opened in late 1957 as the city's second high school, Hall High School started with student body of about 700. It was named for Col. Robert Cleveland "R.C." Hall, Superintendent of the Little Rock School District from 1909 to 1941. As a result of the school opening, Little Rock High School was renamed to Little Rock Central High School.
Hall's classic performing arts auditorium, the home of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra from September 1972 to April 1973, still serves as a site for community events and performances. Hall High School received additions in 1962, 1963, 1971, 1975 and 1984.
The two newest buildings opened in 2003: a new classroom wing (Zone 8) and a new gymnasium/athletic center (officially named "Cirks Arena" in 2010 to honor George Cirks, basketball coach and dean of students). The Dietz Physical Development Center officially was dedicated in January 2005 and was named to honor Donald Dietz, a Hall High graduate and West Point alumnus who was killed in Vietnam in 1969.
Hall is accredited by AdvancED (formerly The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) since 1958 and holds membership in the College Board. It remains one of only three Arkansas public schools admitted (1963) to the National Cum Laude Society, the high school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa.
The Cum Laude Society recognizes academic achievement in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence (Areté), justice (Diké) and honor (Timé). Since its founding in 1906, Cum Laude has grown to 344 chapters - most chapters being in private schools and approximately two dozen located in public schools.
At Hall High, college courses are offered through a partnership (University Studies) with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). Currently, Hall offers 12 college courses, representing a total of 40 college credit hours. Also offered is Comp I, Comp II, Biology, Speech Communication, Intro to Sociology, Physics I, Physics II, US History I, US History II, Intro to Psychology, College Algebra, Evolutionary and Environmental Biology.
Students receive college credit (in addition to high school credit) for all of these courses. Students receive "grants-in-aid" from UALR which result in a 50% reduction in tuition costs. Textbooks are currently provided at no cost to students by the Little Rock School District. Additionally, professors from UALR are onsite with Hall teachers at the school.
Another unique program for Hall High in the LRSD, is the Cisco Academy. Internetworking Technologies is a four semester hands-on curriculum prescribed by the Cisco Systems. At the end of the fourth semester, students take a certification test which is recognized throughout the computer industry. This curriculum is open to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Cisco Networking Academy prepares students to take the CCNA certification exam. Cisco provides the background needed for success in the competitive field of computer networking.
The Hall High School mascot and athletic emblem is the Warrior with orange and white serving as the school colors. The Hall Warriors compete in the 6A Classification—the state's second largest classification—within the 7A/6A Central Conference as administered by the Arkansas Activities Association. The Warriors compete in interscholastic sport activities including football, volleyball, golf (boys/girls), cross country (boys/girls), basketball (boys/girls), soccer (boys/girls), swimming and diving (boys/girls), baseball, softball, wrestling, and track and field (boys/girls).
The Little Rock Hall Warriors have won 51 state championships, including 15 in swimming and diving, 12 in basketball, seven in football, seven in tennis titles, five in track and field, three in golf, and two in cross country.
- Football: The Warriors football teams won seven state football championships (1959, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1977, 1979, 1982).
- Cross Country: The boys cross country teams won two consecutive state cross country championships in 1973 and 1974.
- Golf: The boys golf teams have won three state golf championships (1963, 1964, 1969).
- Swimming and diving: The boys swim teams have won five state swimming titles (1961, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971). The girls teams won ten state championships (1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974).
- Basketball: The Warrior basketball teams have won twelve state basketball championships (boys: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; girls: 1997, 2013).
- Tennis: The tennis teams have won seven state tennis championships (boys: 1968, 1969, 1988; girls: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1983).
- Track and field: The Warriors track teams have won five state track titles (boys: 1966, 1973, 1977, 1978; girls: 1975).
The following are notable people associated with Hall High School. If the person was a Hall High School student, the number in parentheses indicates the year of graduation; if the person was a faculty or staff member, that person's title and years of association are included
- Chris Akins—former professional football player (NFL)
- Daniel Davis (1963)—stage and movie actor, portrayed Niles the Butler character in long-running TV sitcom The Nanny
- David Auburn (1987)—Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright for Proof
- Wesley Clark—retired four-star general, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe, US presidential candidate in 2004
- Maurice Clemmons—convicted of November 29, 2009, murder of four police officers in Lakewood, Washington
- Elbert Crawford—NFL player
- Steve Foley—former professional football player
- E. Lynn Harris—best-selling author and novelist, first African-American male cheerleader at University of Arkansas
- Webster Hubbell (ca. 1966)—lawyer and politician; Mayor of Little Rock (1979–81)
- Bruce Lindsey—Deputy White House Counsel in President Bill Clinton's administration
- Sidney Moncrief (1975)—former Arkansas and professional basketball player (NBA)
- Ben Moody--founder and lead guitarist for Evanescence, currently with The Halo Method
- Leslie O'Neal—former professional football player (NFL)
- Robert F. "Bob" Palmer Jr. (1963)—musician, author and well-known authority on R&B music and critic for New York Times
- Bobby Portis (2013)–basketball player for Arkansas and NBA's Chicago Bulls
- Mike Saunders—musician (Angry Samoans), journalist; coined term "heavy metal"
- Fred Tackett (1963)—rock musician and member of Little Feat, a California-based touring band
- Richard Thalheimer—founder and former CEO of Sharper Image, and creator of e-retailer richardsolo.com
- Jim Guy Tucker (1961)—politician, Congressman (1977–1979) and Governor of Arkansas (1992—1996)
- Kathy Webb (1967) — restaurateur and politician
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