Robbinsdale Cooper High School

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Robbinsdale Cooper High School
Cooper logo.png
Cooper Logo
8230 47th Avenue North
New Hope, Minnesota
United States
Coordinates 45°02′27″N 93°23′05″W / 45.0409°N 93.3848°W / 45.0409; -93.3848Coordinates: 45°02′27″N 93°23′05″W / 45.0409°N 93.3848°W / 45.0409; -93.3848
Type Public secondary
Established 1964
School district Robbinsdale Area Schools
Principal Frank Herman
Number of students 1,740 (2014-15)[1]
Mascot Hawk
Colors Orange And Blue         

Robbinsdale Cooper High School is a public secondary school located in New Hope, Minnesota, a northwest suburb of Minneapolis. Cooper, as it is informally referred to, became an IB World School in July 1998, and now offers the IB Middle Years (MYP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs along with a wide variety of courses and curricula suited to the needs of every student.[2] RCHS has a large fine arts and music program, as well as multiple extra-curricular activities including a broad selection of athletics. RCHS is home to about 1600 students. Cooper students and Alumni are referred to as Hawks, after the school's mascot.

School history[edit]

E. J. Cooper Senior High School, as it was originally known, was built in 1964 to accommodate increasing enrollment in the Robbinsdale Area School District (Independent School District 281). Once called the most modern high school in the area, Cooper was advanced in both structure and audiovisual technology. It was named for district superintendent Edwin J. ("E.J.") Cooper, and for years E.J. was a popular guest at school gatherings. The school's first principal was Lyndon Ulrich. In its first year, Cooper held classes for kindergarten as well as grades 10 through 12. It then held grades 10 through 12 for many years before adding the 9th grade in the 1990s.

In 1982, declining enrollment in the district forced the closure of one of the district's 3 high schools. Robbinsdale High School was chosen for closure after contentious debate. In an effort to placate Robbinsdale residents, the two remaining high schools within the district, Cooper and Armstrong, were renamed Robbinsdale Cooper and Robbinsdale Armstrong.

Cooper Athletics & Activities[edit]

State Athletic Team Championships
Season Activity Number of Championships Year
Fall Soccer, Boys' 1 1978
Spring Tennis, Boys' 1 1970
Softball, Girls' 1 1985
Lacrosse, Boys' 2 1999 & 2000
Wrestling, Men's 2 1965 and 1969
Total 6
State Finearts Championships
Season Activity Number of Championships Year
Winter Lincoln-Douglas Debate 1 2007

Cooper entered into the MSHSL Metro West Conference in the fall of 2014. From 2005 to 2014, Cooper teams competed in the now-defunct North Suburban Conference.

The Girls' Swim Team won the North Suburban Conference Championship in 2005 and 2006. The Boys' Basketball Team won the Conference Championship in 2006, and finished 2nd in the state tournament behind Hopkins High School. This was the first time since 1975 that the team had made it to the state tournament. In 2010 Cooper Sophomore Brenna Walek set 4 Minnesota State High School League records for softball including home runs in a single game (4), consecutive home runs (4), RBIs in a game (9), and walks in a single game (4).

In the 2010–2011 Boys' Hockey season, the Hawks beat their archrival the Armstrong Falcons. It was the first win against Armstrong since 1995. This 2010-11 team tallied 14 wins, their most since 1984. The Girls' hockey team was also quite successful in 2010-11, racking up 7 wins which tied their all-time high. However that season would be their last as the girls' team merged with the Armstrong Falcons in the fall of 2011. The boys' hockey team merged with the Armstrong boys' team in the fall of 2014.

Traditionally, the Cooper Hawks' primary athletic rivalry has been with the Armstrong Falcons.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Robbinsdale Cooper Senior High". Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ International Baccalaureate program
  3. ^ Steve Zahn references
  4. ^ Koplowitz, Howard (August 26, 2014). "Who Is Douglas McAuthur McCain? American Killed Fighting For ISIS". International Business Times. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ McNeal, Gregory S. (June 13, 2014). "Americans Fighting For ISIS Could Face Array Of Criminal Charges". Forbes. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ Ibrahim, Mukhtar (June 12, 2014). "Jihad in Syria lures Somalis from Minnesota". MPR. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "High school buddies followed similar path to jihad". 

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