Hot Springs High School (Arkansas)

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Hot Springs High School
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701 Emory Street
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
United States
Coordinates 34°28′33″N 93°4′12″W / 34.47583°N 93.07000°W / 34.47583; -93.07000Coordinates: 34°28′33″N 93°4′12″W / 34.47583°N 93.07000°W / 34.47583; -93.07000
School type Public charter
Established 1887
Status Open
School district Hot Springs School District
NCES District ID 0507890[1]
CEEB code 041145
NCES School ID 050789000509[2]
Enrollment 752 (2010-11)
 • Grade 9 237
 • Grade 10 186
 • Grade 11 182
 • Grade 12 147
Classes offered Regular (Core & Career Focus),
Advanced Placement,
IB Diploma Programme,
IB Middle Years Programme
Campus type City; small
School color(s)      Black
Athletics conference 5A South (2012−14)
Mascot Trojan
Team name Hot Springs Trojans
Accreditation ADE
AdvancED (1924–)
USNWR ranking      Silver Medal[3]
No. 9 (AR)
No. 1,385 (USA)
No. 102 (Magnet)
National ranking No. 1,708 (Challenge Index)[4]
Yearbook The Old Gold Book
Affiliation Arkansas Activities Association

Hot Springs High School (HSHS) is a public magnet secondary school located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States. HSHS is one of seven public high schools in Garland County and the sole high school of the Hot Springs School District. The school's 1914 facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and its academic programs include Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.


The high school offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in English Language and Composition, Statistics, Physics and Psychology. Students are also able to earn concurrent college credit through National Park Community College, a local community college. Hot Springs High School has been an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) School since 2004; its students can participate in the IB Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma Programme.[5] Special courses offered include Spanish, French, Chinese, digital imagery, computer graphic design, fine arts, guitar, business, Theory of Knowledge for IB students, ROTC, and family and consumer sciences.

Hot Springs High School is nationally recognized as a Silver Medalist in the Best High Schools 2012 report by U.S. News & World Report. The report ranked Hot Springs as the No. 9 high school in the state, the nation's No. 102 magnet school, and No. 1,385 nationally.[3] HSHS was nationally ranked as No. 1,708 of 2,008 high schools in the Challenge Index high school scoring system with an index score of 1.295, which is the number of college-level tests given at a school in 2011 divided by the number of graduates that year.[4]

Hot Springs High School is accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and is an accredited charter member of AdvancED since 1924.[6]

The Hot Springs High School yearbook, The Old Gold Book, has been published, with a few exceptions, since 1914.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Hot Springs High School mascot and athletic emblem is the Trojan with black and gold serving as the school colors.


The Hot Springs Trojans have won a total of 24 Arkansas state championships. The Trojans compete within the 5A Classification as administered by the Arkansas Activities Association. For 2017–18, the Trojans compete from the 5A South Conference in sports including football, basketball, soccer, baseball, golf, band, volleyball, bowling, track, softball, dance, cheerleading, wrestling, swimming, and tennis.[7]

  • Football: The Trojans have won four Arkansas state high school football championships in 1934, 1942, 1970, and 1972. Pro Football Hall of Fame players Bobby Mitchell and Cliff Harris both played for the Trojans.
  • Boys Basketball: The Trojans boys basketball teams have won three state basketball championships in (1932, 1996, 1998).
  • Boys Track and field: The Trojans boys track teams have won four Arkansas state track and field championships in 1972, 1999, 2000 and 2001. Former Junior World Champion and 2016 Olympian Antwon Hicks led the Trojans to state championships in 1999, 2000, and 2001.
  • Boys Soccer: The Trojans boys soccer teams have won two state championships in 2016 and 2017. The Trojans defeated Valley View 4-2 to win the 2016 Class 5A Boys Soccer State soccer Championship. It was the Trojans first state soccer championship. The Trojans were state semifinalists in 2014 and 2015.
  • Boys Golf: The Trojans boys golf teams have won four Arkansas state golf championships in 1961, 1962, 1971, and 1972.
  • Girls Basketball: The Lady Trojans have won five Arkansas state high school basketball championships in 1990, 1997, 1998, 2015, and 2018. The Lady Trojans defeated Pulaski Academy 62-61 in overtime to clinch the 2015 Class 5A Girls Basketball State Championship. Former SEC player of the year, 1st team collegiate All American, and WNBA All Star Shameka Christon is a Hot Springs alumnus. Christon led the Lady Trojans to state championships in 1997 and 1998.
  • Girls Tennis: The Trojans girls tennis teams have won two Arkansas state championships in 1993 and 1999.

Clubs and traditions[edit]

Students at Hot Springs High School may participate in various opportunities from clubs and organizations including Art Club, Key Club, Beta Club, FBLA, FCCLA, National Honor Society (NHS), Spanish Club, Student Council, yearbook, FCA, and their state NJROTC unit.


Historic facility[edit]

The historic Hot Springs High School was built in 1914 by the now famed Sanguinet & Staats architectural firm as a large, Late Gothic Revival structure located near the center of Hot Springs; it is from here that Bill Clinton graduated in 1964. In 1988, this school building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After Hot Springs High School moved to its current location on Emory Street in 1968, this building was used as the Central Junior High until 1992. An earlier Hot Springs High School building was located at the same site on Oak Street. This structure burned in the fire of September 1913 that destroyed a large part of Hot Springs. In 2006, the historic facility was repurposed as 32 housing units for persons with disabilities, as the Hot Springs High School Lofts.

Hot Springs High School
Historic Hot Springs High School
Hot Springs High School (Arkansas) is located in Arkansas
Hot Springs High School (Arkansas)
Hot Springs High School (Arkansas) is located in the US
Hot Springs High School (Arkansas)
Location Oak St. between Orange and Olive Sts., Hot Springs, Arkansas
Coordinates 34°30′19″N 93°3′12″W / 34.50528°N 93.05333°W / 34.50528; -93.05333
Area 1.5 acres (0.61 ha)
Built 1914
Architect Sanguinet & Staats
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
NRHP reference # 87002495[8]
Added to NRHP January 28, 1988

Notable alumni[edit]

The following are notable people associated with Hot Springs High School. If the person was a Hot Springs 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:



  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Hot Springs School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Hot Springs High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Best High Schools 2012". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  4. ^ a b "The Challenge Index 2012". Washington Post. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  5. ^ "IB World Schools, Hot Springs High School". International Baccalaureate Organization. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Institution Summary, Hot Springs High School". AdvancED. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  7. ^ "School Profile, Hot Springs High School". Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  8. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.

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