Las Vegas High School

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Las Vegas High School
Las Vegas High School.jpg
LVHS in 2009
6500 E. Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada
Coordinates 36°08′46″N 115°01′55″W / 36.146°N 115.032°W / 36.146; -115.032Coordinates: 36°08′46″N 115°01′55″W / 36.146°N 115.032°W / 36.146; -115.032
School type Public high school
Established 1931; 85 years ago (1931)
1993, new campus
School district Clark County S.D.
Principal Debbie Brockett
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,973
School color(s) Black & red          
Athletics conference Sunrise 5AAA Region
Team name Wildcats
Rivals Eldorado, Rancho
Publication Desert Breeze
Yearbook Echo

Las Vegas High School is a public high school in unincorporated Sunrise Manor, Nevada, part of the Clark County School District. It is the oldest high school in Las Vegas and originally opened 85 years ago in 1931 on what was then the outskirts of town. After more than six decades, the school moved to a new campus in 1993, along the foothills of Frenchman Mountain.


The original campus of Las Vegas High School in 2006.

Las Vegas High School's original campus was constructed in 1930 and opened in the fall of 1931. Las Vegas High was the first high school in Las Vegas, but caused much controversy at the time for its location. In the early 40's, the High School was considered to be quite distant from the rest of the town and was a commute for some students. The school originally had three buildings, the tri-level Main building on the corner of 7th and Bridger, the Gymnasium, and a third building that originally housed wood shops and vocational classes, and later government classes. It was torn down in 1969. Las Vegas High School is now a landmark in Las Vegas for it represents the best of the Art-Deco Style Architecture of the 1930s, that still stands in the city. The school's outer appearance has been maintained but the interior has been changed quite a bit since the original construction in the 1930s. Lieutenant William Harrell Nellis, for whom Nellis Air Force Base is named, graduated from Las Vegas High School.

During the late 1980s, the school district decided to build a new larger campus on the east side of Clark County. The original buildings that were Las Vegas High School are now the home to the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing, and Visual Arts, which opened in 1993.


Las Vegas High School's athletics teams are known as the Wildcats and participate in the Northeast Division of the Sunrise 4A Region. The Wildcats athletics programs are some of the best in the state and have won numerous championships. This includes several in football, including the 1944 team which went all eight games without giving up a single point.[1] The football team also has two historic rivalries, the Battle of Sunrise Mountain against Eldorado High School, which began in 1993 (and coined by a former 1985 graduate of Eldorado High School) and the Bone Game against Rancho High School, the latter of which is the oldest football rivalry in the state of Nevada.[2][3] Las Vegas has won 20 consecutive games against Rancho, dating back to 1996. Rancho continues to lose.

Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association State Championships[edit]

  • Baseball - 1968, 1974, 1987
  • Basketball - 1944, 1945, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1976
  • Football - 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1959, 2001, 2005, 2006
  • Soccer (Boys) - 2008, 2009
  • Volleyball (Boys) - 2005, 2008,2015
  • Wrestling - 1985, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2011
  • Track & Field - 1961, 1962, 1964, 2015

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ NIAA Record Book Archived May 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Butterworth, Scott (1997-09-26). "No bones about it: This game is big". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  3. ^ Sir Herkimer's Bone Archived May 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Barbara Knudson Henry obituary". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 

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