Sheridan High School (Arkansas)
|Sheridan High School|
|700 West Vine Street
Sheridan, Arkansas 72150
|School type||Public comprehensive|
|School district||Sheridan School District|
|NCES School ID||050001500997|
|Education system||ADE Smart Core|
|Classes offered||Regular, Advanced Placement (AP)|
|Song||O Sheridan High|
|Athletics conference||7A/6A South (2012–14)|
|Team name||Sheridan Yellowjackets|
No. 21 (AR)
No. 1,976 (USA)
|National ranking||No. 1,271 of 2,008|
Sheridan High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in Sheridan, Arkansas, United States. It is one of two public high schools in Grant County and the sole high school administered by the Sheridan School District.
In 2012, Sheridan High School was nationally recognized as a Silver Medalist in the U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools 2012 report, which ranked the school as the No. 1,976 high school in the nation and No. 21 in Arkansas. Sheridan High School was ranked No. 1,271 of 2,008 high schools in the 2012 Challenge Index high school scoring system with an index score of 1.683, which is the number of college-level tests given at a school in 2011 divided by the number of graduates that year.
Sheridan was a segregated school for African-Americans until the Brown v. Board of Education decision. At the time, Sheridan had around 199 African American residents out of the town's total population of 1898. On May 21, 1954 the local school board voted unanimously to integrate its twenty-one African-American students into its high school to avoid the $4,000 it would have cost the school board to send the African American students to Jefferson County. The white parents become extremely upset, and called another vote the next night. At that vote, the board voted unanimously to segregate the local school. Community members in the area still not happy, petitioned and forced four school board members to step down.
Next, the largest employer of African-Americans in the area offered to move the black families outside of Grant County to Malvern, at the employer's own expense, or burn their houses down. After the departure of the last African-American student from the city limits, the city bulldozed the African-American school; the remnants of the school were buried and the city no longer had a duty to integrate their schools.
In 2014, Sheridan High School made national news after District Superintendent Brenda Haynes directed the Yellowjacket Yearbook committee they must refuse to publish a student profile in the yearbook featuring a student who had come out as gay during the year, stating, "We must make decisions that lead in the proper direction for all of our students and for our community. We must not make decisions based on demands by any special interest group." Despite receiving a petition containing over 30,000 signatures and being the subject of multiple community-based protests in support of publishing the student's profile, the school board refused to reverse their decision. 
The assumed course of study for Sheridan students follows the Smart Core curriculum developed by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), which requires students complete 22 units prior to graduation. Students complete regular coursework and exams and may elect to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams with the opportunity for college credit. Students have been recognized for exceptional achievement on AP exams to include being honored as AP Scholar with Honor, AP Scholar with Distinction, and National AP Scholar.
Students who complete the Smart Core curriculum with an exceptional grade point average (GPA) may qualify as an Honor Graduate, with High Honor Graduate and Distinguished Honor Graduate awarded to students with successively higher GPAs and more AP course completions.
The Sheridan High School mascot is the Yellowjacket with blue and gold serving as the school colors.
The Sheridan Yellowjackets compete in interscholastic activities within the 6A Classification—the state's second largest classification—via the 7A/6A South Conference administered by the Arkansas Activities Association. The Yellowjackets field teams in football, golf (boys/girls), volleyball, cross country (boys/girls), tennis (boys/girls), basketball (boys/girls), swimming and diving (boys/girls), soccer (boys/girls), track and field (boys/girls), baseball, softball, competitive cheer and dance.
In 2010, student-athlete Christopher Marchman was selected as the 2009-10 Gatorade Arkansas Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year after winning his second consecutive 7A state individual title.
Clubs and traditions
Beyond sports, Sheridan participates in competitive debate and speech competitions. Students may also engage in a variety of clubs and organizations including Art Club, Band, Beta Club, Bibliophiles, Breakfast Club, Cheerleaders, Chess Club, Choir, Debate Club, Destination Imagination, Drama club, EAST Lab, FBLA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), FCCLA, National FFA Organization, National Honor Society, Interact, Jag, Journalism, JROTC. Library Club, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Mock Trial, Newspaper, Photography Club, Quiz Bowl, Reptile Club, Rodeo Club, SADD, Science Club, Service Learning Club, Spanish Club, Special Olympics, Steppers, Stock Market, Student Council, Yearbook, Young Democrats, Teenage Republicans, Youth for Christ. The school's Student Council was formed in 1933.
The following are notable people associated with Sheridan High School. If the person was a Sheridan High School student, the number in parentheses indicates the year of graduation; if the person was a faculty or staff member, that person's title and years of association are included
- David Delano Glover (1886)—Politician; member of U.S. House of Representatives (1929–1935)
- Ray Hamilton (1934)—Athlete, NFL player; Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame inductee
- Andy Mayberry (1988)—Politician; member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Saline County
- John Little McClellan (1908)—Politician; member of U.S. House of Representatives (1935–1939) and U.S. Senate (1943–1977)
- Ray Thornton—Politician; member of U.S. House of Representatives (1973–1979, 1991–1997), Arkansas Attorney General (1971–1973)
- John Thurston (1991)—Politician; Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands (2010–present)
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- "School Prolile, Sheridan High School. 2012 Challenge Index". Washington Post. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- "Best High Schools 2012". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- Kirk, John, "Not Quite Black and White: School Desegregation in Arkansas, 1954-1966." 2011
- "A Minister Recalls The Pain Of Segregation." National Public Radio. Retrieved on February 24, 2009.
- "Suicides of Four Teen-Agers Stun School in Small Arkansas Town". New York Times. May 2, 1990.
- "Lost Too Soon". People. May 21, 1990.
- "Troubled Town: Arkansas Students Try To Cope With Suicides Of 3 Schoolmates". Orlando Sentinel. May 3, 1990.
- "Gay Arkansas student says his profile was pulled from yearbook - CNN.com". CNN. March 20, 2014.
- "Sheridan Students Earn College Board AP Honors". Sheridan School District. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- "School Profile, Sheridan High School". AdvancED. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- "Sheridan High School Course Catalog 2012–13" (PDF). Sheridan School District. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- "School Profile, Sheridan High School". Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
- Mason, Julie (January 21, 2010). "Sheridan High School Standout Named Gatorade Arkansas Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year" (PDF). Gatorade. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
- "Sheridan School District Student Handbook 2012–13" (PDF). Sheridan School District No. 37. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
- "In the Matter of the Retirement of Justice Ray Thornton". Arkansas Supreme Court. December 6, 2004. Retrieved October 18, 2012.