Robbinsdale Armstrong High School
|Robbinsdale Armstrong High School|
|10635 36th Avenue North
|School district||Robbinsdale Area Schools|
|Number of students||2,000|
|Colors||Red, White, and Blue|
Robbinsdale Armstrong High School (full name Robbinsdale Neil A. Armstrong Senior High School) (abbr. AHS) is a high school located in Plymouth, Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis. The school serves students from the cities of Robbinsdale, Crystal, New Hope, Plymouth and Golden Valley.
The school offers core subjects as well as technology education, physical education, and the fine arts. Newsweek ranked the school 1324. In their "List of the 1500 Top High Schools in America," and The Washington Post ranked AHS as #11 in Minnesota. Armstrong, along with the Robbinsdale Area School District, have also been ranked among the "100 Best Communities for Music Education" by the American Music Conference.
The school's athletic programs have made it to state competitions on many occasions. School tradition maintains that the school's rival is Robbinsdale Cooper. Together, Robbinsdale Armstrong and Robbinsdale Cooper serve the secondary school population of over 4000 students in the district.
Armstrong is a four-year public high school located in Plymouth, Minnesota and it is one of two public high schools in the district, along with Robbinsdale Cooper High School. As of the 2015-2016 school year, Armstrong has about a student population of 2005. About 41% of students are students of color.
Robbinsdale Armstrong High School was built in 1969, and it has undergone several renovations and upgrades since its construction, with the most recent major renovation finished in 2003. The campus consists of four interconnected buildings with three+ stories. The grounds contain a varsity and a junior varsity football field. In addition, Armstrong has two baseball fields, several enclosed tennis courts, and a track going around the football field.
Athletics and activities
Armstrong was once a member of the Classic Lake Conference; however, it was voted out of the conference due to declining enrollment as of 2010, thus Armstrong was admitted to the Northwest Suburban Conference.
|State Team Championships|
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Fall||Soccer, Boys||2||1979 and 2003(AA)|
|Cross country, Boys||1||1974|
|Cross country, Girls||2||1976 and 1978|
|Volleyball, Girls||7||80(AA), 81(AA), 82(AA), 83(AA), 84(AA), 00(AAA), 02(AAA)|
|Winter||Nordic skiing, Boys||1||1980|
|Nordic skiing, Girls||1||2016|
|Gymnastics, Girls||2||1976, 1983|
|Gymnastics, Boys||7||1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982|
|Track and Field, Boys||2||1985(AA) and 2002(AA)|
|State Finearts Championships|
|Season||Activity||Number of Championships||Year|
|Winter||Lincoln-Douglas Debate||2||2013 & 2014|
The Falcons rivalries include the Hopkins Royals, the Wayzata Trojans, Minnetonka Skippers, and Cooper Hawks.
- Wayne "Big D" Danielson, National Radio Broadcasting Personality iHeartRadio
- David Gilreath, professional football player with the Buffalo Bills
- Jordan Leopold, professional hockey player for Team USA and for the NHL Minnesota Wild
- Mo Collins, comedian
- Ember Reichgott Junge, former politician
- Todd Richards, former hockey player and former coach of the Minnesota Wild and the Columbus Blue Jackets
- Travis Richards, former hockey player for the University of Minnesota
- Mark Merila, professional baseball player
- Dennis Vaske, professional hockey player
- Chad Hartman, KFAN radio host and son of Star Tribune reporter Sid Hartman
- Tom Dooher, former president, Education Minnesota, largest union in Minnesota
- Jeff Schuh, All-Big Ten First Team, University of Minnesota (1980), professional football player for Cincinnati Bengals (1981–85), Green Bay Packers (1986), Minnesota Vikings (1986)
- Bee Vang, actor (played Thao Vang Lor in Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino)
- Derek Peltier, professional hockey player
- Greg Nelson, U of MN Wrestler, Brazilian jiu-jitsu Pan Am Champion, MMA Coach for UFC Champion Dave Menne, Sean Sherk, Brock Lesnar
- Everette Pedescleaux, professional football player for the Denver Broncos
- Leah Thorvilson, distance runner
- Evan Kaufmann, professional ice hockey player in Germany
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- "Armstrong to join NW Suburban". Star Tribune. January 16, 2009.
- "Team USA 2006 – The Men's Olympic Hockey Team".
- "Skate Program". Chicago Lakes Hockey Association web site.
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