Rowan County Senior High School

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Rowan County Senior High School
499 Viking Drive
Morehead, Kentucky, Rowan 40351
United States
Superintendent Marvin Moore
Principal Dr. Ray Ginter
Color(s) Kelly green and white
Mascot Viking
Average ACT scores 19 (average)
Newspaper Viking Voice

Rowan County Senior High School (RCSHS) is located in Morehead, Kentucky. The enrollment in the 2007-08 school year was 1,010 students.[citation needed] The mascot is the Viking and the school colors are green and white. Dr. Ray Ginter is the current principal.[1]


In 2011, the boys' basketball team played in the championship game of the 2011 PNC Bank/Kentucky High School Athletic Association Boys' Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament. Although the Rowan Vikings lost the game in double overtime, a resolution was created by the Senate of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to honor the team, their coach, their school and their community for their efforts in "one of the best high school basketball games this Commonwealth has ever seen."[2]

Forensic team (speech and debate)[edit]

Since the mid-1980s, the Rowan County Senior High School forensic program has been a power house team in Kentucky speech and debate competition. The team has won twenty-two Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association (KESDA) overall team championships since 1989, a number unrivaled by any other school in Kentucky. In 2012, the team began competing at the Kentucky High School Speech League (KHSSL) State championship after a 23-year hiatus from the tournament. The team has now won the KHSSL State title three times in five years. In addition to this, the team has captured hundreds of individual student awards, team sweepstakes trophies, and produced countless individual state champions. For their success and service to the Kentucky forensic community, former head coaches Mark and Virginia Etherton were inducted to the KHSSL Hall of Fame in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

The Rowan County team also competes on the national level and has been recognized for excellence. They regularly attend the Glenbrooks Invitational, an annual tournament held in the Chicago metropolitan area where they consistently place students in the top rounds of competition. The team is also one of only three Kentucky schools to currently hold a prestigious membership chair from the Barkley Forum for High Schools, a national-level tournament held annually at Emory University in Atlanta. The team began competing in the University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions in 2015 and in its inaugural year of participation, the team laid claim to two quarterfinalists (top 24), two semifinalists (top 12), and three entries that placed in the top three, including one champion. The team is a charter school of the National Speech and Debate Association (formerly the NFL) and competes in the Association's district and national tournaments each year. The team has produced three national finalists. In 1999 and 2015 the team was presented with a School of Excellence award for being among the top teams at the national tournament. They are the only school from Kentucky to have received this award more than once. The Rowan County team has qualified students to attend the national tournament every year since 1988 with the first national qualifier in 1986.

Team state titles:

KESDA: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014

KHSSL: 2013, 2014, 2015

Head coaches: Virginia (Landreth) Etherton: 1984-2010; Mark Etherton: 2000-2010; Brittany Stacy-Brewer: 2010-2013; Kala Cookendorfer: 2013-2015; and Ryan Brown: 2015-present

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Official Website." Rowan County Senior High School. Accessed on August 3, 2011.
  2. ^ "A RESOLUTION honoring the Rowan County Vikings for reaching the championship game of the 2011 PNC Bank/Kentucky High School Athletic Association Boys' Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament." Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. Accessed on August 3, 2011.
  3. ^ "Google-ing a Rowan County connection." Rowan County Schools. Accessed on August 3, 2011.
  4. ^ ""Sam Holbrook." Kentucky Government Records". Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  5. ^ "Joe Magrane." Accessed from August 3, 2011.