Hays High School

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Coordinates: 38°52′2″N 99°17′42″W / 38.86722°N 99.29500°W / 38.86722; -99.29500

Hays High School
Entrance of Hays High School
2300 E. 13th Street
Hays, Kansas 67601
United States
School type Public, High School
Established 1872
School board Board Website
School district USD 489
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 1,500
Campus Urban
Color(s)      Maroon
Athletics conference Western Athletic Conference
Mascot Indian
Rival Great Bend High School
Newspaper Guidon

Hays High School is a coeducational public secondary school located in Hays, Kansas operated by Unified School District 489.[1]


Early beginnings[edit]

Hays High School was founded as a school in 1872. A school library was built in 1886 and the school was officially instituted a year later. In 1893, the Alumni Association was formed. During the same year, the first literary society (Alpha) was established. Additional literary societies were established over the next several years. In the early 1890s, bookcases were purchased for use in each classroom. In 1921, many library books were gathered and catalogued according to the Dewey Decimal System. By 1937, the school had over 3,700 volumes and the library held 34 people. The current library has approximately 15,000 books and provides seating for 80. The school newspaper, "The Guidon", began in 1902. The newspapers were available to students for 2 cents each and helped the student body stay informed about issues. The football program began in 1902. The first game was played against Lacrosse High School and resulted in a 5-2 victory.[2] The first yearbook was published two years later in 1904. The baseball and tennis programs also began in 1904. At the time, the tennis program was known as the "Junior Tennis Club". During this time, football and baseball games could only be scheduled for Saturdays, which proved to be inconvenient for the programs and the competing schools.

Manual training was required for all students during the early 20th Century. All students were required to devote at least two hours per week to manual training. This was done through the Hays High Manual Training Department which consisted of planning, fitting and squaring, making crosses and squares, dove-tailing, and wood carving. Twelve benches, a grindstone, and a tool chest were all provided to students.

12th Street era[edit]

In 1916, a new brick high school building was constructed at 323 W. 12th Street at a cost of $65,000. The building began being used as the new high school in the fall of 1917. In 1925, a new athletic field, known as Shively Field, was purchased for $4,000. The field was named after former superintendent C.A. Shively, who served as superintendent of schools from 1914-1928. The original building, located at the corner of 12th and Ash, was torn down in 1939 and an addition was made to the west building. The addition added a vocational agriculture shop, library, chemistry laboratory, home economics laboratory, and a wood shop. In addition, the 12th Street Auditorium was also constructed. Between 1939 and 1941, the school became the Hays Junior-Senior High School, as seventh and eighth grades joined the school. The seventh and eighth grades moved to the newly constructed Hays Junior High School in 1964.[3]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Hays High School has a long and storied athletics history. The Indians have won a total of 19 state championships in various sports. Athletic programs compete in the 5A division according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association and the school is a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Currently, Hays High offers athletic programs including baseball, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, basketball, wrestling, cross country, football, and volleyball.[4]

State championships[edit]

State Championships[5]
Season Sport/Activity Number of Championships Year
Fall Cross Country, Boys 5 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976
Winter Basketball, Boys 1 1944
Spring Golf, Boys 4 1953, 1978, 1988, 1996
Track and Field, Boys 5 1959, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Track and Field, Girls 1 1989
Tennis, Girls 3 1976, 1977, 1982
Total 19

Hays High School offers the following sports:

Non-Athletic activities[edit]


Hays High School earned state championships in 4-Speaker Debate in 1989 and 2-Speaker Debate in 2009. State Speech Championships were obtained in 1987 under coach Henry Wolf and 1994 under coach Jeff Haney.


Hays High School is known for their music programs as well as band and orchestra. Hays High also has various vocal classes and programs available.

Chamber Singers[edit]

Since the 1960s, the school's premier choral ensemble, known as "Chamber Singers" have been performing at community events, as well as Disney World. The ensemble, currently under the direction of Johnny Matlock, perform an annual "Dinner Show" to raise funds for travel to different parts of the nation.


Hays High has performed various musicals annually, with the past three years being AIDA, Lil' Abner, and as of this year, All Shook Up. For the past three years Hays High's musicals have won local awards as well as nominations.


  1. ^ "Schools". USD 489. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  2. ^ http://www.hayshighindians.com/Athletics/
  3. ^ "History". USD 489. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  4. ^ http://www.hayshighindians.com/Athletics/
  5. ^ "State Records & State Champions" (English). Retrieved 2010-02-05. 

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