Olathe North High School

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Olathe North High School
ONHS Eagles logo.png
You're in High School once, but you're an Eagle forever.
600 East Prairie Road [1]
Olathe, Kansas, 66061
United States
Coordinates 38°53′18″N 94°48′31″W / 38.8882°N 94.8086°W / 38.8882; -94.8086Coordinates: 38°53′18″N 94°48′31″W / 38.8882°N 94.8086°W / 38.8882; -94.8086
School type Public, High School
Established 1883, 1958 (current location)
School district Olathe School District
USD 233 [2]
CEEB Code 172220 [3]
Principal David Morford [4]
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 2,032 (2011-12[5])
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Royal blue and Red
Athletics conference Sunflower League
Mascot Eagles

Olathe North High School is a fully accredited public high school located in Olathe, Kansas, USA, serving students in grades 9-12. The school is one of four public high schools in the Olathe School District. The school colors are red and royal blue and the mascot is the Eagle.

Olathe North is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and offers a variety of sports programs. Athletic teams compete in the 6A division and are known as the "Eagles". Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs.


Olathe North is the oldest of four high schools in Olathe, Kansas. The school was founded in 1883 as Olathe High School. The school moved to its current location in 1958 and changed its name to Olathe North High School in 1981. The mascot, school colors, and fight song of Olathe High were retained for Olathe North.

Changes through the years[edit]

The most recent addition includes a second floor added in order to make room for the admittance of freshmen to the school in the 2010-11 school year. Other recent updates include the 21st century classrooms, which are the home of the school's nationally renowned 21st Century programs. They offer classes such as Geosciences, Culinary Arts, Engineering, Video Game Design/Animation, distinguished scholars and Sports Medicine. Students across the district apply to get spots in these programs, with around 25-50 students in each program. Students excepted into these programs transfer to north as full-time students there. Many of these programs have curriculum written by the instructors. . In addition to biology labs and replica doctor's offices for the study of sports medicine, North's 21st century wing includes a professional quality animation studio and news broadcasting station, which brings the school daily news reports and 2 TV stations. In addition, the Distinguished Scholar program offers students individualized lesson plans in the discipline of their choice. Distinguished Scholar areas include visual arts, political science, science, language arts, and math.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Eagles compete in the Sunflower League and are classified as a 6A school, the largest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Throughout its history, Olathe North has won thirteen state championships in various sports. Many graduates have gone on to participate in Division I, Division II, and Division III athletics.



Olathe North has won eight Kansas 6A State Championships (1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2009) in football under the coaching of Gene Weir, John McCall and Pete Flood.[6] Despite the success, Olathe North football has endured four coaching changes in the last six years. McCall became the head coach in 2003, when Weir took the football head coaching position at Richland High School in Texas. After leading the Eagles for two years, McCall accepted an assistant coaching position on Wier's staff. David Bassore was announced head coach in 2005 and led the Eagles to a 6-5 record and a district championship. In March 2006, just two weeks after announcing his resignation as head coach, Bassore died in a car accident. Pete Flood took the reins in 2006, and guided the Eagles to a 10-2 record in 2007. The Eagles were one game away from the state championship, only to lose to Olathe South at sub-state. The 2007 version of the Eagles was led by a strong senior class, including John Chmiel, and quarterback Jake Catloth. The 2009 Eagles won the 6A state championship on Saturday, November 28, 2009, vs. Wichita Heights. November 27, 2010, Olathe North played Wichita Heights at State losing.

Many Olathe North graduates have gone on to have successful collegiate and professional careers, including Darren Sproles, Arland Bruce III, and Kit Pellow.

State championships[edit]

State Championships[7]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football 8 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009
Soccer, Boys 1 1988
Winter Bowling, Girls 1 2014
Spring Baseball 1 1989
Softball 2 1984, 1989
Track & Field, Boys 1 2005
Total 14

Non-athletic activities[edit]

The Olathe North Eaglette Drill/Dance Team[edit]

The Olathe North Eaglette Dance Team is the oldest drill team in the Olathe District. In 1996, the Eaglettes received 1st place at the American Dance/Drill Team National Championships, under the direction of Dalene Moomau. The 2007-2008 Eaglettes traveled to Orlando, Florida for the National Dance Association National Championships for the first time ever. The team won 4th place in the Large Varsity Jazz Division for their routine to "Bingo Bango". The 2008-2009 Eaglettes are under the direction of Sara Heptig, with assistance by Lisa Claudel and Jessica Brown.


In October 2011, the Screamin' Eagles won the title of overall "Grand Champion" at the Missouri Western Marching Competition for the third year in a row. At the 2011 Heart of America Marching Festival, the band won "Grand Champion" status for the second year in a row, as well as Outstanding Music, Marching, and General Effect awards.[8]


Olathe North put on productions such as 12 Angry Men, Charlotte's Web, and Fools. The school has also performed the musicals, South Pacific and Aida by Elton John.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ GNIS for Olathe North Senior High School; USGS; July 1, 1984.
  2. ^ USD 233
  3. ^ High School CEEB Code Search
  4. ^ Olathe North High - Administration List
  5. ^ "School Information". Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ "KSHSAA Football" (ENGLISH). Retrieved 2009-04-21. [dead link]
  7. ^ "State Records & State Champions" (ENGLISH). Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  8. ^ "Olathe North Band Accomplishments" (ENGLISH). Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  9. ^ "Kit Pellow" (ENGLISH). Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  10. ^ "Darren Sproles" (ENGLISH). Retrieved 2010-03-24. 

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