Shawnee Mission East High School

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Shawnee Mission East High School
Shawnee Mission East High School logo.png
7500 Mission Road [1]
Prairie Village, Kansas 66208
United States
Coordinates 38°59′32″N 94°37′54″W / 38.992206°N 94.631633°W / 38.992206; -94.631633Coordinates: 38°59′32″N 94°37′54″W / 38.992206°N 94.631633°W / 38.992206; -94.631633
School type Public, High School
Established 1958
School district Shawnee Mission School District (USD 512)
Superintendent Dr. Kenny Southwick (interim)
CEEB code 172473 [2]
Principal Dr. John McKinney [3]
Athletic Director Debbie Katzfey
Grades 912
Gender coed
Campus type Suburban
Color(s)      Columbia blue
Athletics Class 6A [4]
District 2 [5]
Athletics conference Sunflower League[3]
Mascot Lancers
Rival Shawnee Mission South
Shawnee Mission West
Newspaper The Harbinger
Yearbook The Hauberk

Shawnee Mission East High School is a public secondary school in Prairie Village, Kansas, US, for grades 9 through 12. It is one of five high schools operated by the Shawnee Mission School District (Unified School District 512).

Shawnee Mission East High School was established in 1958 in order to serve the growing population of northeast Johnson County, in suburban Kansas City. In January 1994, Shawnee Mission East, along with Shawnee Mission Northwest began offering the International Baccalaureate program.[6]

Shawnee Mission East is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and offers a variety of sports programs. Athletic teams compete in the 6A division and are known as the Lancers. Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs.


Shawnee Mission East High School was established in 1958 to serve the growing population of northeast Johnson County. In January 1994 Shawnee Mission East began offering the International Baccalaureate program.[6]


Shawnee Mission East has been an IB World School since January 1994.[6]

Student publications[edit]

School newspaper and yearbook[edit]

The Shawnee Mission East school newspaper, the Harbinger', has won numerous citywide, statewide and national awards. The school's news website, which began in January 2006, is called the Harbinger Online and is at[7]

The Shawnee Mission East school yearbook, the Hauberk, has also received many awards on the state and national level.

The Eastonian is an underground newspaper known for its longevity and long lists of editors who use the pseudonym John Galt, the character in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, and contributing writers with pseudonyms such as Reverend Dimmesdale, from "The Scarlett Letter" or more simply - the Gimp. The editors are selected in successive manner each year for being known prolific writers in the senior class with a pulse for the school's inner workings and well-established relationships among all grades and faculty. Their identity is often suspected but never confirmed. The paper traditionally features political and social commentary and also includes a page of quotations that are taken out of context from the conversations of unsuspecting students and teachers. The Eastonian is often confiscated by faculty and staff, but the tradition continues and many teachers have been known to be avid readers.[8]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

School clubs[edit]

Shawnee Mission East is home to a variety of clubs.

One notable club at Shawnee Mission East is the SHARE club, the largest student-run volunteer club in the United States. It has many different projects ranging from sock collection to tutoring elementary schools students. SHARE celebrated 30 years of community service in 2016 [9]

The Shawnee Mission East FRC robotics team, Sargon 2335, is also a prominent feature of the school.[10]


The Lancers compete in the Sunflower League and are classified as a 6A, the largest classification in Kansas according to the KSHSAA. Throughout its history, Shawnee Mission East has won many state championships in various sports.

State championships[edit]

State Championships[11]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football, Boys 1 2014
Cross Country, Boys 2 1966, 1967
Cross Country, Girls 6 1982, 1983, 1989, 1993, 1997, 1999
Winter Swimming and Diving, Boys 15 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1990, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017
Basketball, Girls 1 1983
Spring Golf, Boys 10 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016
Golf, Girls 5 1979, 1980, 1987, 2012, 2015
Tennis, Boys 27 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975,1978, 1980, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012 (won both singles & doubles titles in some years), 2013, 2014
Tennis, Girls 17 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1991, 1992, 1995, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Baseball 3 1984, 1995, 2016
Rugby 4 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004
Soccer, Girls 3 1997, 1999, 2000
Lacrosse, Boys 4 2011 (LAKS), 2012 (LAKC), 2013, 2016
Swimming and Diving, Girls 16 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
Total 115

Debate and forensics[edit]

The debate and forensics teams are the 31st largest in the nation in regard to National Forensics League degrees. Debate teams have been Kansas state champions more than once. The Shawnee Mission East debate squad has qualified more teams in Kansas history than any other Kansas school to the Tournament of Champions in Lexington, Kentucky.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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