Paragould High School
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|Paragould High School|
|1701 West Court Street
Paragould, Arkansas 72450
|School board||Paragould School Board|
|School district||Paragould School District|
|NCES District ID||05000170|
|Oversight||Arkansas Department of Education (ADE)|
|NCES School ID||050001701295|
|• Grade 9||254|
|• Grade 10||226|
|• Grade 11||180|
|• Grade 12||156|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.62|
|Education system||ADE Smart Core curriculum|
|Classes offered||Regular, Advanced Placement|
|Campus type||Town; fringe|
|Athletics conference||5A East (2012–14)|
|Team name||Paragould Rams|
|Rival||Greene County Tech High School Cross-town rivals|
|Affiliation||Arkansas Activities Association (AAA)|
Paragould High School is a public school serving grades nine through twelve located in Paragould, Arkansas. The campus is located at 1701 West Court Street in Paragould and is administered by Paragould School District. Oak Grove High School (mascot: Lions) and Paragould High School (mascot: Bulldogs) consolidated into Ridgecrest High School in the late 1980s and it was voted to change the nickname to the Rams to accommodate this consolidation. In 1998, the school's name was changed back to Paragould High School.
The assumed course of study follows the Smart Core curriculum developed by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). Students complete regular (core and career focus) courses and exams and may select Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and exams that provide an opportunity for college credit. The school is accredited by the ADE and is a charter member and accredited by AdvancED (formerly North Central Association) since 1925.
Paragould offers many extracurricular activities pertaining to athletics, drama, academic clubs, and band.
The school's mascot is the Ram. The Paragould Rams compete in the Class 5A-East conference of the Arkansas Activities Association. Sports offered at Paragould High School include: football, basketball (boys/girls), soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, golf, tennis, swimming, and track & field.
For years now, Paragould High and their cross-town rival, Greene County Tech, have competed with each other in nearly every sport. The most competitive and anticipated matchup is the yearly Paragould-Tech football games which occur once each school year. The teams used to play two games each season (one as an opener, one as a closer) but, Green County Tech moved up to the AAAAAA conference, and there is no longer a need for a second game. At the end of each season, Paragould and Green County Tech play each other for the coveted Bell Trophy. The winner of the game gets to take the bell home to their school. The Bell Trohpy is a three-foot, bronze bell with small engraving plates on either side wood frame that tells the year in which it was won and by which school. In the '06-'07 school year, Paragould lost the bell to Tech on their own field, but on August 31, the first Paragould-Tech game of the new season was played at Paragould. The game ended with Paragould at 49 and Tech with 19. The finale also ended in a PHS victory. The Rams bullied past the eagles by a score of 47-24. Paragould has won this trophy 8 times since its introduction in 1999. Green County Tech has only won in 4 times, including the 2010 season win.
Once again in 2008, the Rams swept the Golden Eagles on the gridiron on their way to a 4-6 season.
In the 2009 opener, Paragould lost against Greene County Tech at their own field. As of 30 October 2009, the Paragould Rams stand at 2-7.
The 2010 season was the first season the teams did not go head to head twice. The Bell Game at the end of the year resulted in a win by Greene Co. Tech.
Paragould High has enjoyed success on the hardwood under direction of the legendary Coach Paynter. Paynter coached the Bulldogs/Rams for several decades and made many trips to the state tournament, with several semi-finals and finals appearances. Since the 2004 season, the Rams have not had a winning season and have averaged a meager 2 conference wins per year. Meanwhile, crosstown rival Greene County Tech has enjoyed 2 state titles and 3 finals appearances since 2006. In April 2009, Paragould hired alumnus, former player under Paynter, and most recently, head coach the Greene County Tech Junior High boys' basketball team, Jay Robertson.
The girls' squad is coached by former Arkansas State assistant coach Jay Cook; Cook's first year was the 2008–09 season. In the 2010–11 season, both Coach Cook and Robertson coached their teams to the State tournament. The Sr. Lady Rams were conference champions, and the Sr. High Rams went after Forrest City High School beat out Nettleton High School for the top spot.
The Paragould Pride Band has quickly grown to become of the district's crowning programs. In the 2014 marching season, the band took home 3 Grand Championships, 1 Reserve Grand Championship, 6 overall and class Drum Major Championships, 6 overall and class percussion Championships, and 1 class color guard Championships, as well as Class A Champions at BOA St. Louis, making the Pride the first Arkansas band to ever win Class A at a BOA event. Since 2008, the band has received 9 Overall Grand Championships and 7 Reserved Grand Championships.
The band is also a 24 time recipient of the ASBOA Sweepstakes award, the highest honor given by ASBOA. During the 2014-15 school year, the band put a total of 15 students in all region Jazz Band, 33 students in Jr. High All Region, 47 students in Sr. High All Region, and 16 students in All-State Honors Bands; all including alternates.
The Paragould Pride Band is currently under the direction of Richie Williams, Billy VanDelinder, Aaron Stickley, and Michael Fletcher. The band is looking forward to competing at BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis in the coming 2015 Marching Season.
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