Papillion-La Vista South High School

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Papillion-La Vista South High School
Papillion, Nebraska, United States
Coordinates 41°08′42″N 96°04′44″W / 41.14500°N 96.07889°W / 41.14500; -96.07889Coordinates: 41°08′42″N 96°04′44″W / 41.14500°N 96.07889°W / 41.14500; -96.07889
Type Public high school
Established 2003
School district Papillion-La Vista Public Schools
Principal Jeff Johnson
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,655 (2012)
Campus Suburb
Color(s) Blue, black, and silver
Mascot Titans

Papillion-La Vista South High School (commonly referred to as Papio South, PLSHS, PLSouth, or PLS) is a high school in Papillion, Nebraska. It is one of two high schools in the Papillion-La Vista Public School District. The school's principal is Jeff Johnson.


Papillion-La Vista South High School opened in the fall of 2003. The school was created due of the rise in population in and around the city of Papillion. Before South was built, the only high school in Papillion was Papillion La Vista Senior High School; at the time (due to over population) only grades 10-12 attended Papillion Senior High. The 9th grade students attended classes at either Papillion Junior High or La Vista Junior High. With the creation of PLS, 9th graders began attending the high school.


In 2001 (when the class of 2007 was in 6th grade) the Papillion School District invited all 6th - 8th grade students to send in ideas for a nickname and color scheme for the new high school (PLS). After five mascots were chosen by the School District, the 6th-8th graders were allowed to cast ballots and vote for one of the five finalists. The nickname "Titans" won by a landslide, due in large part to the then-popularity of the movie Remember The Titans. The students also voted for the new school's black, blue and silver color scheme.

In 2007, the Papillion-LaVista school board voted on a new mascot for PLS. The name was chosen to be the "Fightin' Titan."


According to an August 18, 2004 report published in the Omaha World Herald, PLS had one of the ten highest average ACT scores out of the Omaha Metro Area and the Lincoln, NE area.

Papillion South offers French, German, and Spanish as secondary languages.

Extracurricular Activities[edit]


PLS offers the following sports: baseball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls cross country, football, boys and girls golf, boys and girls Association Football, softball, boys and girls swimming (the swimming team is composed of both PLSHS and Papillion-La Vista High School students), boys and girls track and field, boys and girls tennis, volleyball, and wrestling. All sports (as well as activities such as Forensics and Drama) are sponsored by the NSAA. Other sports are offered as club sports to PLS students that are not officially sponsored by PLS. Some of these sports are trap, lacrosse, rugby union, and hockey. All of these sports (excluding trap) are offered in conjunction with Papillion-La Vista High School.

Papilion-La Vista South has won eight state championships: girls cross-country in 2010, 2014, and 2015; volleyball in 2010, 2011, and 2012; and baseball in 2010 and 2011.[1]

The Papillion South student section is known as the "Black Hole".

Non-athletic programs[edit]

Papillion-La Vista South is home to many clubs, sports, and activities. Some of the clubs PLS offers are: Forensics (speech), DECA, FBLA, Leo Club, National Honors Society, NJROTC, Skills USA, Future Educators Association, ProStart Culinary Arts, cheerleading, marching band, Student Council, foreign language clubs (associated with the secondary languages students can take), Football, Key Club, Step Team choir and three show choirs.

Among Papillion South's choral clubs is their varsity show choir, Titanium. Titanium is a competitive show choir that has competed throughout the region and have received many awards. In past seasons they won the competition in the Winter Park Ski Festival for two years in a row, as did their concert choir in 2005.


  1. ^ "Nebraska School Activities Association", and subpages thereof for individual sports results. Retrieved 2013-01-02.