St. Charles High School (Missouri)
|St. Charles High School|
|725 N. Kingshighway
St. Charles, Missouri 63301
|Motto||Faber est quisquesuae fortunae.
("Each one is the architect of their own future.")
|School district||City of St. Charles School District|
|Superintendent||Dr. Jeff Marion|
|Principal||Mr. Jeff Walker|
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Number of students||848|
|Color(s)||Navy Blue and White|
|Team name||Fighting Pirates|
|Rival||St. Charles West High School|
The original St. Charles High School was located at Fourth and Jefferson Streets. In 1918, after a fire partially destroyed the building, it was moved to its present location on the corner of North Kingshighway and Waverly Streets at what was then the St. Charles Military Academy. In 1923, the present Building 'A' was built on a 6.4-acre (26,000 m2) site at the old military academy. Four acres were added in 1938 for an athletic field. A WPA project built the bleachers. In 1943, the Vocational Shop (Industrial Technology Building “D”) was constructed. In 1951, 5 acres (20,000 m2) next to the athletic field were purchased for a new junior high school (Building 'B'), which was built in 1955. In 1957-58, the building was expanded, adding five new classrooms and special service rooms along with a larger gymnasium. When a new junior high school was built in 1960, Building 'B' became part of the high school. A 15-room addition (Building 'C') was started in 1964 and opened for the 1965-66 school year.
In 1975, St Charles High School was overcrowded with 1957 students. The district split into two high schools, with 425 students from the St Charles West attendance area moving to the new high school. The exterior of Building 'A' was renovated in 1978. In 1981, a ninth grade was added, making it a 4-year high school. The school was expanded in 1988 with a new band room, renovations to Building 'D', an all-weather track and student parking lot. In 1994, a $15 million bond issue resulted in a 5-year program that demolished the 1957 gym, 1960 wing and the 1970 wing; new construction provided continuity inside and outside the building. Building 'D was renovated for the Success Campus in 2007. On August 11, 1995, during the renovations of the oldest section of the building (long known as A-building), the structure caught fire. A-building was saved only because of its hardy brick walls; the rest of the school was destroyed. The renovations resumed after the fire, and were completed. The fire coincidentally took place on the very day of the 20th year class reunion of the class of 1975.
1899 Saint Charles High School started as a two year high school. The building that first housed SCHS was known as “The Jefferson School”, which was constructed in 1867 and named “The Jefferson School” in 1870. It was initially an elementary school. The high school was added later in the same building in 1899.
1901 The first SCHS two year graduation.
1902 During this year, the decision was made to change SCHS to a four year high school.
1921 The first Charlemo was published by the Seniors graduating in 1921. There were only 16 members of the 1921 graduating class. The entire student body was 135 students. There must be a very limited number of 1921 Charlemo’s around today.
1923 The present high school building (Building “A”) was constructed on a 6.4-acre site of the old military academy. The facility was constructed by court decree in the St. Charles School District on condition that the School District pay the college $25,000. This amount was later returned to the District to become the “Ezra Overall Endowment Fund.”
1924 Students moved into the new building, on George Washington’s birthday, where SCHS is now located today. The 1932 Charlemo commemorates George Washington’s 200th birthday during the nation-wide George Washington Bicentennial Celebration sponsored by the U.S. Congress.
1938 The School Board purchased lots amounting to approximately four acres to be used for an athletic field. The athletic field bleachers were later constructed as a W.P.A. project.
1943 The Vocational Shop (Industrial Technology Building “D”) was constructed.
1951 The Board of Education purchased a tract of land lying west of and immediately adjacent to the high school athletic field. This tract contained 5.168 acres.
1955 A new junior high school building (Building “B”) was constructed. It contained classrooms, cafeteria, recreation room, teachers’ rooms and gymnasium. Later in 1957-58, five new junior high classrooms and special service rooms were added along with the extension of the gymnasium. This entire building was absorbed by the growing high school enrollment when the new junior high on Elm Street (Hardin Middle School) was constructed in 1960. In 1955, the first African American students moved from Franklin High School to attended SCHS.
1964 Voters approved a bond issue election to provide for a fifteen-room addition to the high school (Building “C”) and an enlargement of the cafeteria. These new areas were ready for the 1965-66 school year.
1975 Due to overcrowding at St. Charles High (1957 students), the district was split into two high school attendance areas. Three hundred sophomores and one hundred twenty-five freshmen from St. Charles West School attendance area comprised the initial student body of the new high school.
1978 Renovations were made primarily to the exterior of Building “A”. These included cleaning and tuck-pointing, repairing the guttering and the renovation of three art rooms. A fire in the art supply room just below the auditorium later that same year caused extensive damage to surrounding areas. As a result, the auditorium was cleaned and necessary repairs were made.
1981 Ninth grade students were assigned to St. Charles High making it a four-year high school.
1988 A new band room was constructed adjacent to the auditorium, and renovation work was completed in Building “D” and in both gyms. An all-weather track and a student parking lot were also constructed on site.
1994 Voters approved a $15 million bond issue most used for renovation at SCHS. The 1957 gym, 1960 wing, and the 1970 wing were demolished and the new construction allowed continuity both inside and outside the building. The result is the completely renovated and remodeled St. Charles High School that proudly stands today.
2007 Building “D” was renovated to accommodate the Success Campus. The Industrial Technology program and Educationally Mentally handicapped (EMH) program moved to “A” and “C” buildings respectively. Throughout its long history, the facility has served a variety of needs and purposes, and new buildings and building additions were added in response to those needs. However, as the facility became a permanent, four-year high school, the educational program was forced to adapt its needs to the spaces and organization of the existing building; it was never planned, designed or even intended that these existing buildings should accommodate a four-year high school program. Nor could it be expected that those older buildings and facilities could support a state-of-the-art educational environment. The challenge facing the School District was one of converting this proud landmark into a modern educational facility, ready to meet the needs of the 21st century. In June 1993, The DMA Corporation was commissioned by the School District of the City of St. Charles to conduct and complete the arduous five-year process of the facility improvements at the St. Charles High School complex. The result of the remodeled high school is what stands today.
Visit by President Obama
On March 10, 2010, President Barack Obama made a visit to St. Charles and gave a speech at St. Charles High school, in the older gym on the campus. His speech dealt primarily with the proposed health care reform legislation, and while access to the speech was by invitation only, hundreds of supporters and opponents of the president were outside to witness the historic event.
LOYALTY SONG HOW WE LOVE YOU, ST CHARLES HIGH SCHOOL How we love you, St. Charles High School And your White and Blue. Fondest memories ever linger of our classmates true. St. Charles High School, St. Charles High School See her colors fly. Sure success and noble victory Dear old St. Charles High.
FIGHT SONG Cheer, cheer for old St. Charles High, Victory tonight is our battle cry, Pirate Freshmen will succeed, and follow the Fighting Sophomores lead, Juniors never give up, Seniors never yield. Fighting for Pirates on floor and field, Raise the St. Charles Banner high, and Cheer for the blue and white - LET'S FIGHT!
The student-teacher ratio is 15, slightly higher than the state average of 14.
In addition to typical high school courses, St. Charles High School offers an A+ Program, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The major goals of the A+ Schools Program are that:
- All students will graduate from high school;
- All students will be enrolled in coursework based upon a four-year plan, which follows a clearly identified course of study for the student.
- All students proceed from high school graduation to a college or post-secondary vocational or technical school or high-wage job with workplace skill development opportunities.
Financial incentives may be offered to students who attend an A+ school for three years prior to graduation, maintain at least a 95 percent attendance record and a 2.5 grade point average, exhibit good citizenship, complete 50 hours of tutoring and mentoring and avoid the unlawful use of drugs.
St. Charles High School uses a hybrid of Standard Based Grading. There is an A-F scale matched with percentages, but some of the SBG aspects are still in place. St. Charles High School uses a hybrid grading system mixed with elements of traditional and standard-based grading. Letter grades are calculated based on percentages earned in a given course. Each assessment is tied to standards which provide a focus for the students’ learning and are aligned with district curriculum, state academic standards. Grades are based on the ability of a student to apply content knowledge and skills in and/or across content areas based on well-defined course objectives. A student’s final course grade is influenced by academic standards/objectives, formative assessments, and Re-Teach/Re-Learn/Re-Assess opportunities. Behaviors that promote learning will also be reported on the high school report card. These are factors, study habits, and skills that influence academic achievement and promote success, but are not directly tied to the curriculum objectives. Behaviors that promote learning are recorded as responsibility for learning, engagement of learning, and classroom behavior. They are reported in accordance to the non-academic high school scales and are separate from an academic grade.
Clubs and organizations
Numerous clubs exist to serve the interests of all students, including:
- Band of Pirates (Marching/Concert Band)
- Blue & White Ink (Emo Gazette) - Student Written Creative Writing Tabloid
- Board Game Club
- Ultimate Frisbee Club
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
- Future Teachers of America (FTA)
- Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
- Galley (Student-Run Store)
- National Honor Society
- Peer facilitators
- Pirate Players (Drama/Theater)
- Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
- Science Club
- STEP Team
- Student Council
- Winter Guard
Interscholastic sports include:
- Marching Band
61% of students took the ACT test in 2006; their average score of 21 equaled the national average.
- Josh Harrellson (2007)- University of Kentucky, 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament contender; NBA player for the Miami Heat
- Connie Price-Smith (1981)- Olympic shot putter and discus thrower; 2016 US Olympic Track and Field Coach
- Dennis Tankersley (1997)- Major League Baseball Pitcher, San Diego Padres, 2002-2004
- Art Holliday (1972)- Journalist and television personality for KSDK in St. Louis, MO
- Santino Rice (1993)- Fashion designer and television personality; contestant on Season Two of Project Runway
- Zack Smithey (2001)- Artist