Park Center Senior High School

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Park Center Senior High School
Park Center Senior High School, front entrance, August 3, 2014.jpg
Address
7300 Brooklyn Blvd.
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55443
United States
Coordinates 45°5′17″N 93°20′38″W / 45.08806°N 93.34389°W / 45.08806; -93.34389Coordinates: 45°5′17″N 93°20′38″W / 45.08806°N 93.34389°W / 45.08806; -93.34389
Information
Type Public
Motto Once a Pirate, Always a Pirate
Established 1971
Principal Heather Miller-Cink
Enrollment 2,000
Color(s)      Green
     Gold
Mascot Blackbeard the Pirate
Nickname Pirates
Website

Park Center Senior High School (PCSH) is a four-year public high school located in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota on 7300 Brooklyn Blvd. PCSH is located near the border of two northwest twin cities suburbs, Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center, thus the school name "Park Center" is a combination of these city names. The principal is Heather Miller-Cink. Park Center Senior High's mascot is a pirate and the school's sports teams are known as the Pirates. The school's colors are green and gold.

School Overview[edit]

Park Center Senior High School is one of three public high schools in the Osseo Area School District 279 and one of two public high schools located in the city of Brooklyn Park. (Brooklyn Park is served by 3 school districts: Osseo 279, Anoka-Hennepin 11, Robbinsdale 281). In August 2007 Park Center became an official International Baccalaureate (IB) School. This designation as an IB World school means Park Center has joined its partner, North View Junior High as one of only 21 MYP programmes in the state of Minnesota. It is currently offering the Middle Years Programme (MYP) to tenth grade students. The school is new to the Diploma Programme (DP) with its first IB students graduating in 2009. As with North View Junior High, Park Center is a magnet program open to any student in the Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD.) Park Center is one of only 20 public schools in Minnesota that are authorized to offer the Diploma Programme. In addition to International Baccalaureate classes, Park Center also offers college-level Advanced Placement classes.

The NWSISD is a consortium of seven districts in the northwest suburban area of Minneapolis which has been formed to promote integration and eliminate racial isolation of students in these districts. By creating magnet schools in IB, math & science, and in the arts the NWSISD has begun to bring students of diverse backgrounds together in programs based on academic excellence.[1]

Park Center students represent the growing diversity of America. PC students come from about 20 different countries and speak roughly 35 different languages. Demographic information lists the student population as 36.3% Black, 33.5% Asian, 19.8% White, 9.6% Hispanic, and 0.9% are American Indian. The student population has 1,361 total students.

Athletics & Activities[edit]

Basketball[edit]

The Pirates girls' basketball team won the 2014 and 2015 MSHSL AAA state championship.[2][3]

Hockey[edit]

The Pirates girls' hockey team won the 2000 MSHSL state championship.[4]

Sports Teams and Rivalries[edit]

Park Center's traditional rivals within the Osseo School District are Osseo Senior High School (the two teams compete for the OssPar trophy in football) and Maple Grove Senior High School (the two teams compete for the Thunder Bolt trophy in football). Park Center's primary other local rival is Champlin Park High School, a District 11 (Anoka-Hennepin) school located in Brooklyn Park, adjacent to the city's border with Champlin.

Notable Alumni[edit]

  • Jon Borchardt - Former starting tackle for the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks.
  • David Brat - United States Congressman from Virginia's 7th district
  • Tim Jackman - NHL rightwing for the Anaheim Ducks
  • Tim Laudner - Former Minnesota Twins Catcher. Won the World Series with the Minnesota Twins in 1987, and was named to the All Star Team in 1988 where he hit a double in his only at bat. While he was at Park Center he played football and baseball, and lead the Pirates to the state tournament (3rd place).
  • Pat Neshek - Professional Baseball Player For The St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Ansu Toure - Professional soccer player (footballer), formerly of the Minnesota Thunder.
  • Krissy Wendell (Pohl) - Women's Hockey Olympic Silver Medalist (Salt Lake City), Two time NCAA Champion University of Minnesota (2004 and 2005)

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