Sparks High School

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Sparks High School
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820 15th Street
Sparks, Nevada Nevada, Washoe County 89431
United States United States
Coordinates 39°32′27″N 119°45′38″W / 39.54091°N 119.760514°W / 39.54091; -119.760514Coordinates: 39°32′27″N 119°45′38″W / 39.54091°N 119.760514°W / 39.54091; -119.760514
School type Public
Motto Strength, Honor, Success
Established 1909 (Original campus)
1951 (Current campus)
Status Open
School district Washoe County School District
Superintendent Heath Morrison
Area trustee Estela Gutierrez
School code 290155
Dean Teresa Quintana, Amy Marable
Principal Kevin Carroll
Head of school Kevin Carroll
Staff 93
Teaching staff 80
Grades 9-12
Age 14 to 19
Enrollment 1100
Classes offered AP: Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Biology, Chemistry, World History, Calculus AB, US History, English Language, English Literature, Chemistry, Physics, Art, Government
Medium of language English, ESL
Language English, Spanish, French
Hours in school day 8:00am - 2:35pm
Campus size Average
Campus type Urban
School color(s) Maroon, Gold
Mascot Railroader
Nickname The Brickhouse
  • Reed (The Rail City Rivalry)
  • Wooster (City 3A Battle)
  • Hug (Brotherly War)
National ranking 842 (Newsweek)
Test average 68.3
Newspaper Streamline Express
Key products Woods,Metals
Budget WCSD
Tuition Free
Feeder schools Sparks Middle School, Dilworth Middle School
Graduates 204
Alumni Randy Messenger

Sparks High School is a public high school located at 820 15th Street, Sparks, Nevada, United States. It serves about 1150 students as a member of the Washoe County School District. It is ranked in the top-1000 schools based on the number of AP exams.Its known around the area as the "Railroaders" and has a distinct train whistle when a game is taking place.


"Students will graduate as productive citizens prepared to access a full range of post-secondary educational and career opportunities."


Sparks High School's sports clubs are known as the "Railroaders," a reference to the city of Sparks' beginnings as a small railroad town affiliate to Reno in the late 19th century - early 20th century. The Railroaders have competed in the NIAA 3A North League since 2005 and have shown good athletic performances in different sports. They have won numerous league, regional, and state titles throughout the school's history.


The football Railroaders earned great success and respect throughout northern Nevada and surrounding areas by winning many championships, and undefeated seasons, through the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Coach Edwin "Tip" Whitehead has been credited for building a football dynasty in the 1940s, which had numerous undefeated seasons and won State championships. The athletic complex at Sparks High is named after the iconic coach.


Over the past years, Sparks has been renowned for their boys' soccer team, winning a State title in November 2011, defeating the Wolverines of Truckee High School of Truckee, CA by a scored of 1-0 on a lone goal from Roger Garcia for the 3A State title. The latest State winning team was captained by Noe España and Mitchell Garcia. Success in soccer has not only happened against the 3A, but also against the 4A, where the soccer Railroaders have proved themselves as one of the best teams in Nevada, and the West Coast. The team has been renowned enough as a soccer power to receive a sponsorship from Nike. In November 2016, Sparks had won a State title defeating the Warriors of Western High School of Las Vegas, NV by a scored of 2-0 a goal from Jesus Partida and Genaro Vazquez for the 3A State title. The State winning team was captained by Omar Vasquez, Eric Cervantes, Francisco Macias and Genaro Vazquez.


Dominated by the Sparks High has also been boys' basketball. After having fallen short in years before, the Railroader won the Nevada 3A State title in February 2010, knocking off the Buckaroos of Lowry High School of Winnemucca, NV in the championship match-up, at Lawlor Events Center on the campus of the University of Nevada in Reno.

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