Papillion-La Vista Senior High School
|Papillion-La Vista Senior High School|
|402 E. Centennial Road
(1957, 1893, 1876)
|Student to teacher ratio||17:1|
|Color(s)||Maroon and gold|
Papillion La Vista Senior High School, often referred to as Papio, PLHS, North or "Old School", is located in Papillion, Nebraska, United States and is operated by the Papillion-La Vista Public School District. Its school colors are maroon and gold, and its mascot is a monarch.
Papillion-La Vista High School dates back to September 1876. Originally housed in a single brick building at the corner of Halleck & Adams Streets, Papillion's only school served students in all 12 grades. In 1893 the school moved to a new brick building at 420 S. Washington Street, the present site of the district offices. The city continued to grow, and in February 1957, Papillion High School opened in a new building across Washington Street (presently Papillion Junior High) to students in grades 7-12.
The city of La Vista incorporated in 1960 and presented no education system. The students of this new development area north of Papillion had been incorporated into the Papillion School District. Papillion's steady growth continued. By September 1969, voters in the district had passed a bond issue to build a new high school facility at 84th Street and East Centennial Road. A similar bond issue the preceding year had been defeated. The high school moved north to its present location in August 1971, serving students in grades 9 through 12. In 1987, La Vista was officially added to the district and the high school's name was officially changed to Papillion-La Vista High School.
The 1999 semi-cult film Election was shot mainly in Papillion-La Vista High School. The director of the film, Alexander Payne, wanted to use Omaha North High School for his fictional school; however, the school board found the script too obscene and inappropriate. It was instead moved to Papillion-La Vista High School, where a majority of it was shot. Papillion-La Vista High School had actual classes going on during much of the filming of Election. The background noises during much of the film are actual teachers and their students in nearby rooms.
Second high school
Continued population growth resulted in the construction of Papillion-La Vista South High School (PLSHS), in southwest Papillion, which opened in August 2003. PLHS had previously been a 10-12 school, and 9th graders had attended classes at the two junior high schools in the district. After the school district opened a second high school, the freshman class was moved from the junior high schools to the two high schools.
- Football - Class A Champions 1990 and 1996; Runner-up 1987
- Softball - 13 Class A Championships, 2 Runners-up from 1995-2010 (including 10 straight)
- Volleyball - Class A Champions - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, and 2008
- Girls' track and field - Class A State Champions - 1997, 1998, 1999
- Boys' golf - Class A Champion - 1999
- Boys' tennis - Class A Champion - 1978
- Boys' basketball - Class A Champion - 1993, Runner-up 2013, 1971
- Boys' swimming - Class A Champion - 2003
- Boys' soccer - Class A Champion - 1991
- Wrestling - Class A Champion - 2001
- Boys' All-Nebraska All-Sport Award -2012
- Cross country
- Baseball - 1997, 1998
- Girls' tennis - 2015
- Reggie Baul, former Nebraska Cornhuskers football player (played on 1995 team)
- Merle Dandridge, Broadway actress and the voice of Alyx Vance in the award-winning action game Half-Life 2 and its sequels, Episode One and Episode Two
- Jon Davis, former Iowa State wide receiver
- Kyle Dooley, former TCU offensive lineman
- Allan Evridge, former Kansas State and Wisconsin quarterback
- Peaches James, All-American softball University of Nebraska, three time first-team All-State Nebraska High School softball
- Matty Lewis, Musician and lead singer of the band Zebrahead
- Gina Mancuso, Gatorade Volleyball player of the year
- Carlos Martínez, professional football player, formerly with the Dallas Cowboys
- Skate, rapper and musician; real name Nathan Maloley
- Jeremy Slechta, former professional football player with the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans
- Becca Swanson, nicknamed "the strongest woman in the world" for lifting more weight than any other woman in the world; squatting over 800 lbs, benchpressing over 500 lbs, and total lifting (squatting, benchpressing and deadlifting) more than 2000 lbs
- Allison Weston, 2000 Olympic Volleyball Captain and University of Nebraska Volleyball, All-State Nebraska High School volleyball, basketball, and soccer
- plhs.esu3.org - accessed 2011-09-08
- Trivia for Election (1999) | IMDb.com
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- "Kyle Dooley Profile". TCU Athletic Department.
- "#42 Peaches James Profile". Huskers.com.
- "2007 Hall of Fame Inductee: Alliston Weston". Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation.