Olympus High School
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|Olympus High School|
|4055 S. 2300 East
Holladay, Utah, 84124
|School type||Public high school|
|School district||Granite School District|
|Student to teacher ratio||17.8|
|Color(s)||Green and Gray|
Olympus High School is a public high school in the Granite School District in Holladay, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. It opened on September 1, 1953 with an original enrollment of 1028 students. In the Fall of 1960, the largest entering sophomore class (the graduating class of 1963) in Utah's history (an estimated 935) enrolled. Two years later the overcrowding was reduced when the new Skyline High was completed. In April 2013, the new Olympus High School building was opened for classes adjacent to the original school. The original building was torn down after 60 years of operation. Throughout its history, Olympus has been one of the leading academic public high schools in the state. In 1961 its orchestral and vocal music program was recognized as one of the nation's finest by the Ford Foundation, which funded a composer-in-residence for the school, an award shared with schools throughout the Granite School district.
- John Warnock (1958) accomplished computer scientist, co-founder of Adobe Systems.
- Paul Kay Sybrowsky(1962) president of Southern Virginia University, former general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
- Virginia Hinckley Pearce(1963), author of inspirational books, former general leader of the LDS Church, and daughter of former church president, Gordon Bitner Hinckley.
- Ronald Scott (1963) journalist at Time, Life, Sports Illustrated and the founding editorial staff of People Magazine; biographer of W. Mitt Romney; author of Closing Circles: Trapped In The Everlasting Mormon Moment, a novel set around the mythical town of Canyon Mills, a town based on the Holladay and East Millcreek areas of Utah and its schools, including Olympus 
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"The Rock" is the prized rivalry trophy between Olympus and Skyline football; Oly has won 5 years straight. The rivalry was born in the Fall of 1962 when Skyline High School opened, acquiring about 200 seniors and 400 juniors who had had been students at Olympus.
Olympus Football has an all-time record of 349-251-9. Aaron Whitehead is the current head coach.
1984 - Beat the Alta Hawks 39-13 in the state championship game. Olympus forced 11 turnovers, including a Utah State Title Game record 7 interceptions. Finished the season 11-2 under coach Louie Long.
1997 - Finished 2nd in the state. Lost to the Timpview Thunderbirds 19-16 in the state championship game held on November 21, 1997. Finished the season 2nd in Region 5 with a 10-2 record (7-1 within the region).
1998 - Beat Bonneville 35-7 to win the state championship. Avenged the previous year’s loss to Timpview by beating them in the semi-finals 33-20. Finished the season with a 12-0 record under coach Mike Miller.
During Matt Barnes' 16 year coaching tenure at his alma mater, the Olympus High Men's Basketball Team has won 13 Region titles. He has the most coaching wins in the history of the school. Through the 2013-2014 season, Coach Barnes has compiled a record of 300-91 (.767) for the Titans. Olympus has consistently been contenders in the Utah State 4-A Classification State Championships. Under Barnes they have appeared multiple times in the Final Four and Championship Game. Numerous players have gone on to play Division I basketball after playing under Barnes.
Under Coach Barnes, Olympus basketball has become well known for their 3-point shooting and full-court defense. Olympus holds several UHSAA 3-point shooting records. The Titans hold the Utah state records for most 3-point attempts (628, 1999-2000) and makes (214, 1999-2000; 211, 1996-1997) in a single season. They also hold the state record for most 3-point makes in a single game, hitting 19 on Feb. 1, 2000 against Woods Cross.
Swimming tends to be one of the overlooked sports in high schools but Olympus Swimming is on the rise. Coach Brad Goffe has been coaching the swim team and teaching Japanese at the Olympus for 17 years. Swimming has one of the longest high school sport seasons stretching from September to February. There is at least one girl ranked in the top 8 in 4A in every event and at least one boy in the top 10 in all but 3 events in 4A.
The Olympus High Girl's Swimming team took first in the Region VI Championships in 2010. They have gone undefeated in the 2010-2011 season so far and are looking for a repeat win in Regions.
The Girl's team also took second at 4A State in 2010. There were several first place individual finishes by the entire team in the following events: Girl's 50 Yard Freestyle, Girl's 200 Yard Freestyle, Girl's 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, Girl's 100 Yard Backstroke, Girl's 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. The girls are also looking to be the new 4A State Champions for the 2010-2011 season.
Advanced Placement classes offered at Olympus High School include:
- AP English Literature
- AP American History
- AP World History
- AP Psychology
- AP Statistics
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Calculus B/C
- AP Biology
- AP Chemistry
- AP Physics
- AP Spanish Literature
- AP Art History
- AP Studio Art
- AP Theory & Harmony
- AP French Language
- AP Spanish Language
- AP Chorus - This course is very hard to get in to, because it requires an audition, and 1/5 of the students who audition get in.
Honors classes include:
- English 3-4 H
- English 5-6 H
- Intermediate Algebra/Trig H
- Pre-Calculus H
- Human Biology
- Chemistry H
- Physics H
- American Studies H
- World Civilizations H
Olympus does not offer International Baccalaureate(IB) courses. It's rival Skyline High School does.
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