Raytown South High School

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Raytown South Senior High School
8211 Sterling
Raytown, MO 64138
Coordinates 38°58′23″N 94°26′58″W / 38.97312°N 94.44953°W / 38.97312; -94.44953Coordinates: 38°58′23″N 94°26′58″W / 38.97312°N 94.44953°W / 38.97312; -94.44953
Type Public
Established 1961
School district Raytown C-2 School District
Principal Dr. Kevin Overfelt
Faculty Lori Flaherty (activities)
Dr. Earl Donalson
Enrollment 1,404
Color(s)          Red and White
Mascot Cardinals
Information (816) 268-7330
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Aerial view

Raytown South Senior High School is a high school located in Raytown, Missouri. The school was established in 1961, and graduated its first class of seniors in 1964. The enrollment at South peaked in the late 1970s, when it had the largest public school enrollment in the state of Missouri.[citation needed] As Raytown became less of a "destination-suburb" in the 1990s, the enrollment fell drastically. It is thought that the class of 1998, amassing 247 students, was the smallest graduating class ever.[citation needed]



The forensics program has had several national champions in various styles of debate, public forum, expository speaking and poetry reading.


From 1984-2001, the choir program saw several dozen student attain All-State status.[citation needed] The choir program performed throughout Kansas City,[citation needed] including Crown Center, Arrowhead Stadium and Royals Stadium. Every May, thousands came to an annual variety show called Southern Comfort.[citation needed] In November 2005, sang at Carnegie Hall along with several other show choirs from across the country.[citation needed]


Boys Baseball[edit]

  • 1985 Paul Crain Led Baseball in Strikeouts went on to play at Longview Community College.

Boys Basketball[edit]

From the inception of the school until March 2006, the program was under the direction of the legendary Bud Lathrop. His career record was 955-300, going 924-267 at South. As of his retirement, Lathrop was ranked No. 7 all-time in high school career coaching victories in the United States.[citation needed]

Lathrop's teams won Missouri State Titles in:

  • 1970 - Squad went 27-1 led by Randy Culberson 6'2"
  • 1972 - Led By John Harrison 6'5" and Ed Stoll 6'6"
  • 1977 - led by the F-Troop, better known as Bill Fennelly, Kevin Fromm and Larry Frevert.
  • 1990 - Went 31-0 and were led by Jevon Crudup.

He also went to the Final Four six other times in 1974, 1975, 1985, 1992, 1993, 2003.

He advanced to the state playoffs 23 times, and won 35 conference championships. Lathrop is a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

254 of Lathrop's former players went on to play college basketball at various levels.

Boys Golf[edit]

Although the boys' golf program never qualified for the Missouri State Tournament as a team, several players have qualified individually, including Trey Griggs in 1996.

Notable alumni[edit]


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