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Robert McQueen High School
Robertmcqueenhighschool.jpg
Location
Reno, Nevada
USA
Coordinates 39°32′04″N 119°53′01″W / 39.534431°N 119.883478°W / 39.534431; -119.883478Coordinates: 39°32′04″N 119°53′01″W / 39.534431°N 119.883478°W / 39.534431; -119.883478
Information
Type Public secondary
Motto "Quest for Excellence"
Established 1982
Principal John Carlson
Faculty (2003) 125
Enrollment (2008) 1,941
Color(s) Blue and Gray
Mascot Lancer
Information (775) 746-5880
Campus surroundings Suburban
Website

Robert McQueen High School (McQ) is a public secondary school in Reno, Nevada, in the United States. Part of the Washoe County School District, its mascot is the Lancer and the school's colors are blue and gray. The school has earned the nickname "The Academy on the Hill"[citation needed] because it is located in the foothills of northwest Reno and overlooks the Truckee Meadows.

History

The school was named for Dr. Robert McQueen, emeritus professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. During his tenure from 1955–1991, Dr. McQueen headed UNR's scholarship program, served as department chair and dean, and was appointed to Nevada's first psychological board of examiners. Dr. McQueen served on the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees from 1969–1990, during which the district built several new schools, including Reed and McQueen. He also negotiated the purchase of McQueen's 60-acre (240,000 m2) site from the Bureau of Land Management for just one dollar.[1]

When the school opened in 1982, adjoining Seventh Street and Robb Drive were only dirt roads extended out to allow access to the school. Some remarked the school was "in the middle of nowhere" as it was more than a mile from other buildings. Since then, the construction of numerous subdevelopments has resulted in overcrowding problems. Enrollment in 2008 was 1,960 students; the building was designed for an enrollment of 1600. In order to mitigate overcrowding concerns and comply with local fire regulations, several modular classrooms have been added to the campus.[1]

In 2005, Newsweek listed McQueen as the 442nd best school in the United States[2] using the ratio of number of AP exams taken to graduating students as its criterion.

Extracurricular activities

Athletics

  • The Lancers compete in the High Desert League, which belongs to the Northern Nevada 4A Region. McQueen competes in the 4A level, which is the large school category. In 2008, rivals.com named them the 75th Best Football Team in the nation. They beat Palo Verde High School in a rematch of the 2002 championship game on December 6, 2008 with a score of 13-12 for the Nevada 4A High School Football Championship. They finished ranked 48th in the nation by Rivals.com.[3]

Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association State Championships

  • Basketball (Girls) - 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Football - 1990, 1992, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008
  • Soccer (Girls) - 2003
  • Softball - 2005, 2006
  • Swimming (Girls) - 1995
  • Track and Field (Boys) - 2010
  • Track and Field (Girls) - 2010

Music

  • The marching band has won the state championships twelve times.[4] The band played in the Inauguration Parade for George W. Bush in January 2005.[5]
  • The school song[6] is an arrangement of the Michigan State University Fight Song.
  • The Robert McQueen High School Choir performed in Carnegie Hall in 2007.[7]. The choir returned to Carnegie Hall in June 2009.[8].
  • McQueen's Core Jazz vocal ensemble won the "Best in Nevada" award at the UNR Jazz Festival in 2005.[9]
  • McQueen's Core Jazz choir also had a concert tour of 5 cities in China for the World Choir Games, held in Shaoxing, China, July 2010.
  • The Marching Band performed at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California on January 1, 2009 and at Bandfest at Pasadena City College.[10]
  • The McQueen Orchestra with Kenny Baker has played at the ASTA National Conference in 2010 in Santa Clara, California

Publications

  • The Excalibur — monthly school newspaper, inducted into the National Scholastic Press Association's Hall of Fame in the fall of 2004,[11] making it the only student publication in the state to be inducted. It also has won the NSPA Newspaper Pacemaker in 2009[12]
  • "McQueen TV" — daily broadcast news show
  • Chrysalis — annual literary magazine
  • Caxton — yearbook, awarded the national Silver Crown award in 2006[13] and the NSPA Yearbook Pacemaker in 2008[14], making it one of the top annual publications in the nation.

Demographics

In 2008, the school's total enrollment was 1,941, and its ethnic makeup was:[15]

  • Native American 32 (1.6%)
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 220 (11.3%)
  • Hispanic 267 (13.8%)
  • Black 70 (3.6%)
  • White 1,352 (69.7%)

Notable alumni

References

  1. ^ a b Schermerhorn, Dean (2008), "Robert McQueen High School: A Tradition of Firsts" ([dead link]), Family Pulse
  2. ^ Newsweek 2005 High School Rankings
  3. ^ http://highschool.rivals.com/viewrankhs.asp?ra_key=457
  4. ^ McQueen Band History
  5. ^ Inauguration Parade
  6. ^ School Song
  7. ^ Carnegie Hall
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Reno Jazz Festival
  10. ^ Rose Parade Participants
  11. ^ Press release
  12. ^ [2].
  13. ^ Columbia University CSPA
  14. ^ [3]
  15. ^ WCSD 2008-2009 Accountability Report

External links