Reno High School
|Reno High School|
395 Booth St
|Student to teacher ratio||24.63|
Reno High School (RHS) is a public secondary school in Reno, Nevada, United States. It is a part of the Washoe County School District. The school's teams are known as the Reno Huskies, and the school colors are red and blue.
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Reno High was the first high school in Reno, which is celebrated by its slogan: "Reno High - Older than Reno".
High school students in Reno in the 1860s were originally taught in the basement of a building on the corner of First and Virginia Streets, on the future site of the Mapes Hotel. Today there is a city plaza at that location, which is across the street from the Reno City Hall. In 1869 High school students were moved to a one-room school. In 1879, due to Reno's expanding population, a larger high school, called "Central School," was built near Arlington and Fourth Streets. This was commonly referred to as "Reno High School", and 1879 is the generally accepted year of the school's founding.
Reno High has won numerous state championships in many sports. The boys' cross country team has been the most dominant, winning 11 state championships (including five consecutive wins). The girls' basketball team won the state championship in 2001, then won back-to-back state and region championships in 2013 and 2014. The Reno High football team won the Nevada state football title in 2003, the Reno baseball team won the state championship in 2004 and the boys' basketball team won the championship in 2006, knocking off North Las Vegas' Rancho High School.
The Reno Huskies compete in the High Desert League of the Northern Nevada 4A Region, which is the large-school level in Nevada.
Since 2003, the Reno High boys' sports varsity teams have won Nevada state championships in football, basketball, baseball, track and field, swimming, diving, tennis, and snow skiing.
On Friday, February 22, 2008, the Reno Huskies defeated Cheyenne High of Las Vegas 76 to 72 for their second state basketball championship in three seasons. The Huskies won at least one state championship in seven different sports in every year from 2002 to 2008.
Reno High football placekicker Dirk Borgognone set a world record for the longest high school football field goal in 1986. The 68 yard long field goal, which was kicked in a game at Sparks High School is the second-longest in organized American football at any class level, just short of Ove Johansson's 69-yard field goal in 1976, for NAIA college school Abilene Christian.
Reno High cross country runner Marie (Mel) Lawrence holds the U.S. high school record in the 2,000 m and 3,000 m steeplechase.
Reno currently has three performing orchestras:
- Chamber Orchestra
- Concert Orchestra
The Chamber Orchestra tours each year, participating in college level master-classes and festivals at schools and Universities such as Stanford University, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University and University of the Pacific. Members of the Orchestras audition for and consistently participate in the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphonies, the Washoe County Honor Orchestra and the Nevada State Honor Orchestra.
- Wind Ensemble
- Jazz Band
- Concert Band
- Pep Band
The Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble and Concert Band are ranked highly in the district, winning festivals year round.
- Vocal Motion
- Mixed Choir
The Reno High School Theater Program, known as the Booth Street Players, presents three to four shows a year, along with outside school community performances. The fall production is a play, and the spring production is a musical. Past shows have included Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Grease, The Boy Friend, and Pippin (the last of which included students trained in silk aerial acrobatics).
Speech and Debate has consecutively won the state championship for 24 years in a row (as of 2019)
There are many clubs as well offered at Reno High
- Re-Wa-Ne — school yearbook
- The Red & Blue — monthly school newspaper
- The Mirror — school literary magazine (publication ceased in 2008)
- Walter S. Baring, Jr. (1929) - former U.S. congressman (D-NV)
- Josh Barrett (2003) - NFL former professional football player, with the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots
- Shawn Boskie (1986) - former major league baseball pitcher
- Frederic Joseph DeLongchamps (1900) - Nevada State Architect; designer of many Nevada buildings
- Frank Fahrenkopf (1957) - political adviser to President Reagan; former chairman of the Republican National Party
- Sean "Hollywood" Hamilton (freshman year only) - national radio personality
- Ray Handley (1962) - former professional NFL football player and NFL coach
- Don Manoukian (1953) - former professional football player and pro wrestler
- Patrick Anthony McCarran (1897) - former United States senator (D-NV)
- Dorothy Papadakos (1978) - concert organist, playwright, and author
- John Savage - UCLA Bruins baseball head coach
- Hillary Schieve - Mayor of Reno, Nevada
- Inga Thompson - three-time Olympic cyclist
- Willy Vlautin (1986) - author of novels The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete; lead vocalist and songwriter for alt-country band Richmond Fontaine
- Dawn Wells (1956) - actress, starred in Gilligan's Island as Mary Ann
- Garrett Hampson (2013)- Professional baseball player, Colorado Rockies
- "Reno High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
- NFLHS.COM - Legends of HS Football: Dirk Borgognone Archived March 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
- EliteRunning.com | Interview with Marie Lawrence Archived January 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- #22 John Savage, UCLABruins.com, 2010 Archived April 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine