Smith Center High School

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Smith Center High School
300 Roger Barta Way [1]
Smith Center, Kansas 66967
United States
Coordinates 39°46′50″N 98°46′28″W / 39.780618°N 98.774444°W / 39.780618; -98.774444Coordinates: 39°46′50″N 98°46′28″W / 39.780618°N 98.774444°W / 39.780618; -98.774444
School type Public, High School
School board Board Website
School district USD 237 [2]
Superintendent Ron Meitler [2]
CEEB code 172785 [3]
Principal Greg Koelsch [4]
Athletic Director Greg Hobelmann [4]
Grades 7 to 12
Gender coed
Campus type Rural
Color(s)      Red
Athletics Class 2A [5]
District 14 [6]
Athletics conference Mid-Continent [4]
Mascot Redmen
Rival Phillipsburg High School, Norton Community High School

Smith Center High School is a fully accredited public high school located in Smith Center, Kansas, serving students in grades 7-12. Smith Center High School is the only high school located within the city limits of Smith Center. The school colors are red and green and the mascot is the Redmen. Recently, Smith Center has gained national attention due to the success of its football team which held the longest winning streak in the nation at 79 games.[7][8][9]


Extracurricular activities[edit]

The extracurricular activities offered at Smith Center High School are relatively small and limited due to the school's small size. The Redmen compete in the Mid-Continent League and are classified as a 2A school, the second-smallest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Throughout its history, Smith Center has won many state championships in various sports. Many graduates have gone on to participate in Division I, Division II, and Division III athletics.



The Smith Center Redmen are widely considered one of the best little high school football teams in America.[7] Throughout its history, the Smith Center football program has won 8 state championships, including a state record-tying 5 in a row from 2004-08. In addition, from 2004-09, the Redmen held the nation's longest winning streak at 79 games.[7][8][9] The football program is coached by Roger Barta who was named the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee's national coach of the year after the 2007 season.[8] Much of the Redmen's success is credited to work ethic and dedication. The Redmen rarely pass because Coach Barta values power over deception and execution over innovation.

Barta won his 300th career game at Smith Center on November 13, 2009 when the Redmen defeated Meade, 10-0, in a Class 2-1A state quarterfinal playoff game. Barta is one of three active coaches in Kansas with 300 career victories, joining C.J. Hamilton of Silver Lake and Tom Young of McPherson.

72 Points in First Quarter[edit]

In a 2007 playoff game against Plainville High School, the Redmen set a national high school record by scoring 72 points in the first quarter, breaking the old record set by Prescott (Ariz.) High School in 1925. The Redmen scored on touchdown runs of 50, 9, 38, 20, 3, 25 and 60 yards. They also returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown and threw for a 14-yard touchdown, one of only two passes they completed in the game.[10]

State Championships[edit]

State Championships[11]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football 8 1982, 1986, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Winter Wrestling 3 2007, 2008, 2009
Basketball, Girls 1 2013
Spring Track and Field, Boys 3 1984, 2005, 2015
Track and Field, Girls 1 1985
Golf, Boys 1 1971 (2-Man)
Total 17

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ GNIS for Smith Center High School; USGS; July 1, 1984.
  2. ^ a b USD 237
  3. ^ High School CEEB Code Search
  4. ^ a b c "School Search - Smith Center HS". Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  5. ^ KSHSAA School Classification List
  6. ^ KSHSAA School District List
  7. ^ a b c "How Smith Center Became Best Little High School Team" (English). Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  8. ^ a b c "Winning Streak Comes From the Heart(land)" (English). Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  9. ^ a b "Smith Center Owns Nation's Longest High School Football Win Streak" (English). Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  10. ^ Drehs, Wayne (September 3, 2009). "72 points in the first quarter ... and counting!". Retrieved September 3, 2009. 
  11. ^ "State Records & State Champions" (English). Retrieved 2010-02-05. 

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