Henry Sibley High School

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Henry Sibley High School
Location
1897 Delaware Avenue Mendota Heights, Minnesota
United States
Information
Type Public secondary
Established September 1954
School district School District 197
Principal Ron Monson
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,637
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red & Vegas Gold          
Mascot Warriors
School hours 8:30 a.m. – 3:04 p.m.
Newspaper The Sibley Scribe
Website

Henry Sibley High School was founded in 1954. The current school was built in 1971 to serve students in grades 10–12. Today, it serves students in grades 9–12 and houses the district’s administrative offices. It is currently remodeling the main offices, expanding the cafeteria, and remodeling science spaces, thanks to passage of a facilities and technology referendum in 2004. It serves as the public high school for the communities of Mendota Heights, Mendota, Sunfish Lake, Lilydale, West St. Paul and parts of Inver Grove Heights and Eagan. It is a member of the Metro East Conference.

Renovations[edit]

The District 197 School Board approved the design proposal for Henry Sibley in March 2006. On April 17, the School Board approved construction bids for work on Henry Sibley. Shaw Lundquist Associates was selected for interior renovation with a base bid of $1700. This is also the reason the textbooks were in such okay conditions. The Board also approved full replacement of tile, which was bid as an alternate job to ensure higher priority items were covered first. Building Restoration Corporation was awarded the work for exterior restoration with a base bid of $1,518,410.

The school is not only adding an extension to the cafeteria but also a new weight room. In the second year of Renovations the 3rd and 2nd floors are completely remodeled. There is a new Cafeteria and new offices. The Tech side of the school has also seen some remodeling work. The school also has around 100 MacBooks for students in class and all teachers have one as well.

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The “Warriors” is a name rich in history and tradition in its community. Henry Sibley High School has always been named the Warriors and has always had the Warrior as the mascot. However, what the mascot looks like has gone through some pretty major changes. Henry Sibley has been a high school since 1954. The existing building has been open since 1971. Over these many years, the Warrior mascot, much like the community itself, has been transformed due to many factors. The first Warrior mascot was the Indianhead. This mascot endured for many years until 1996. At the same time through the 1950s and 1960s, the symbol of local shopping center Signal Hills was a neon Indian sending signals with a blanket over a fire. Times change and sensitivity shifts, and the mascot was spoken up against. The Henry Sibley student council led the main thrust to change the symbol, because it was led by individuals who realize the damage done by years of imagery degrading to Native Americans. There were mascot committees created at each of the schools. Name changes were being discussed as well as mascot changes. A large contingent of community members went to the school board and asked the board to keep the mascot name as is. The school board agreed that the school has always been the Warriors and it should continue to be. The Warrior mascot was transformed from the Indianhead to the Griffin which was part of the original Coat of Arms. In 1999, the Griffin mascot was again transformed into the current Henry Sibley mascot; the Knight. The Knight is a medieval Warrior, thus keeping history and tradition alive.

Academics[edit]

The World Language department offers five years of Spanish and French and four years of German. French IV, V and German III, IV are College in the Schools courses. The music department offers five choirs, four bands and two orchestras. A wide variety of business education, family and consumer science, art, and technical education classes provides breadth to the curriculum and specialized educational opportunities for students.[1]

Rigorous course opportunities[edit]

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses · Biology • Economics – Macro • Physics · Calculus AB • Economics - Micro • Psychology · Chemistry • English Literature • Statistics · Computer Programming • Music Theory • U.S. History University of Minnesota College in the Schools (CIS) Courses · French IV • German III · French V • German IV St. Cloud State University Senior to Sophomore Program (S2S) · Chemistry of Exercise Physiology Dakota County Technical College Articulation Agreement Courses (CEC) · Automated Accounting 1A • Child Psychology · Automated Accounting 1B • Housing & Interior Design Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) Qualified juniors and seniors may attend eligible Minnesota post-secondary institutions and can earn both college and high school credit.

Sibley High School has a 35:1 student to teacher ratio.

Demographics[edit]

74% White, 13% Non White Hispanic, 8% Black, 5% Asian/Pacific Islander,

Facilities[edit]

  • Auditorium
  • 4 practice Soccer Fields
  • 400 meter recycled rubber track
  • 4 Computer Labs
  • Film editing Lab
  • Large Gym for Basketball and Track
  • Small Gym for Volleyball, Gymnastics, Archery, and Baseball/Softball
  • Fully Equipped weight room
  • 5 total Basketball Courts
  • 3 total Football fields
  • 8 total Baseball fields
  • 12 total Tennis Courts
  • 2 Fully functioning science labs and a physics lab

Activities[edit]

Arts

  • Debate- Danny Bernick and Robert Ciborowski State Champions 2009; Helen Fisk and Dwight Rabuse, National Champions 1975[2]
  • Drama Club
  • Jazz Band
  • One-Act Plays
  • Fiddles And Friends (orchestral performing group)
  • Pep Band
  • Pit Orchestra
  • Chamber Singers
  • Fall Play
  • Speech
  • Spring Musical
  • Ski/Snowboard Club
  • Summer Marching Band - Vikingland Band Festival Class A Champions-2013, National Independence Day Parade Washington DC Grand Champions 1984, 1988, 1992

Athletics

For athletics, Henry Sibley is currently in the Metro East Conference.[3] They were in the Classic Suburban Conference until it disbanded in 2013.[4]

  • Baseball - State Champions-1994, 2016, 4th place in 2006
  • Basketball - boys, girls - Boys State 2nd place 2008, Boys State appearance 2009
  • Cheerleading
  • Colorguard-
  • Cross-Country - Boys 12th place State 2006, Boys 7th place State 2004 (Jonathan Stublaski, Nick Saucedo, John Vallez, Adam Casillas, Luke Kane, Scott Vaughn, Erik Hall) 1:26:48.5
  • Dance Team- State Appearances 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010
  • Football
  • Golf -, girls
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey - Boys (State Tournament Appearances: 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1993, 1997), girls
  • Lacrosse - boys
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Soccer - boys, girls
  • Softball - State Champions 1982; State Runner-Up 1983; State Tournament Appearances: 1994, 1995, 2006.
  • Swimming - boys, girls
  • Table Tennis - The "Pong squad" has appeared in state multiple times but has never been able to secure the trophy
  • Tennis - boys, girls
  • Track - boys, girls - State boys 17th place, 2007
  • Ultimate
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Winter Drumline - State Champions 2012, 2015
  • Winterguard-State Champions Regional Class A 2013 and 2014, second place 2015; Scholastic Class A second place 2016

Special Interests

Coordinates: 44°53′14″N 93°06′29″W / 44.8872762°N 93.1079897°W / 44.8872762; -93.1079897[5]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Independent School District 197 [1]
  • Class of '80 [2]
  • Class of '83 [3]
  • Class of '84 [4]
  • Class of '85 [5]
  • Class of '98 [6]