Shawnee Mission Northwest High School

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Shawnee Mission Northwest High School
Shawnee Mission NW HS logo.png
12701 West 67th Street[1]


United States
Coordinates39°00′24″N 94°43′58″W / 39.006637°N 94.732846°W / 39.006637; -94.732846Coordinates: 39°00′24″N 94°43′58″W / 39.006637°N 94.732846°W / 39.006637; -94.732846
School typePublic, High School
School districtShawnee Mission School District (USD 512)
CEEB code172771[2]
PrincipalLisa Grumann
Enrollment1,805 (2015-16)[3]
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)     Orange
AthleticsClass 6A[4]
District 2[5]
Athletics conferenceSunflower[6]
Team nameCougars
RivalShawnee Mission North High School Shawnee Mission East High School
NewspaperThe Northwest Passage
YearbookThe Northwest Lair
Communities servedShawnee Mission

Shawnee Mission Northwest High School is a fully accredited public high school located in Shawnee, Kansas, United States, serving students in grades 9-12. The current principal is Lisa Grumann. Shawnee Mission Northwest is one of many schools located within Shawnee, Kansas and surrounding areas. The school colors are orange, black, and white. The school population is approximately 1,850 students.

Shawnee Mission Northwest was founded in 1969 in order to help educate the increasing number of students due to the emerging population of Shawnee Mission. The school launched the International Baccalaureate program at the start of the 2008-2009 school year. Shawnee Mission Northwest 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 "Cougars".


Shawnee Mission Northwest High School was established in 1969 to help educate the increasing populations of Shawnee and Overland Park, Kansas. In 1998, a mural of evolution was painted near the science rooms in the school which created controversy throughout the school and the city. The mural depicted many things including DNA, cells, photosynthesis, and a four chambered heart. In addition to this, the mural also depicted in a series of walking figures, the evolution of man, from a hunched-over, hairy, apelike creature to the modern man. The mural offended many students and their parents and a large debate was held concerning whether to paint over the mural. In the end, the mural was left alone and remains today.[7]


In 2008, Shawnee Mission Northwest launched the International Baccalaureate program for the 2008-2009 school year.


In 2004, history teacher Dan Fullerton was named the 2004 Kansas Outstanding Teacher of American History by the Kansas Society Daughters of the American Revolution.[8]

In 2005, social studies teacher Ron Poplau was named a Disney Teacher Award Honoree.[9]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


The Cougars compete in the Sunflower League and are classified as a 6A school, the largest classification in Kansas according to the KSHSAA. Throughout its history, Shawnee Mission Northwest has won many state championships in various sports. Many graduates have gone on to participate in Division I, Division II, and Division III athletics. Spanning from 1994–2007, the Northwest boys varsity cross-country team won the state title for fourteen consecutive years and nineteen years overall.[10]

State Championships[edit]

State Championships[11]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football 1 1981
Gymnastics, Girls 8 1985, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2010
Volleyball 1 1988
Soccer, Boys 4 1990, 1993, 1998, 1999
Cross Country, Boys 20 1977, 1982, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012
Cross Country, Girls 13 1980, 1981, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011
Spring Golf, Boys 2 1985, 1989
Golf, Girls 2 1998, 1999
Track & Field, Boys 3 2002, 2011, 2012
Tennis, Boys 1 1997, 2002
Baseball 3 1990, 1991, 1993
Softball 6 1976, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003
Total 65

School newspaper and yearbook[edit]

The school newspaper is The Northwest Passage and the yearbook is The Northwest Lair. The Passage, Lair, and the journalism website received national scholastic journalism awards: at the NSPA convention in Seattle, WA, the 2011 "Lair" received a Silver Crown and Pacemaker Award and "The Northwest Passage" received a Gold Crown.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ GNIS entry for Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; USGS; November 16, 2006.
  2. ^ High School CEEB Code Search
  3. ^ "Shawnee Mission Northwest High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  4. ^ KSHSAA School Classification List
  5. ^ KSHSAA School District List Archived 2010-09-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "School Search - Shawnee Mission Northwest HS". Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Mural of Evolution Creates a Debate, Faculty will Discuss Concerns of Christian Students and Parents". Kansas City Star. Kansas City Star. 2010-02-16.
  8. ^ "NW Teacher Receives State Honor". Kansas City Star. Kansas City Star. 2010-02-16.
  9. ^ "Ronald Poplau Shawnee Mission Northwest School, Shawnee, KS" (PDF).
  10. ^ Martin, Francine (April 26, 2009). "KSHSAA Cross Country". Kansas State High School Activities Association. Archived from the original on August 20, 2003. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  11. ^ "State Records & State Champions". Archived from the original (English) on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2010-02-05.

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