Stillwater Area High School

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Stillwater Area High School
Stillwater Area High School.png
Oak Park Heights, Minnesota
United States
Coordinates 45°01′47″N 92°50′51″W / 45.02967°N 92.8474°W / 45.02967; -92.8474Coordinates: 45°01′47″N 92°50′51″W / 45.02967°N 92.8474°W / 45.02967; -92.8474
Type Public
Motto We learn not for school, but for life
Established 1993
Principal Robert Bach
Enrollment 2400+
Color(s) Red, Black, and White
Athletics conference Suburban East
Mascot Pony
Newspaper The Pony Express

Stillwater Area High School (SAHS) is a public school located in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, and is part of the Stillwater Area Public Schools, District 834. As the oldest high school in Minnesota and the first accredited by the North Central Association (now known as AdvancED) in 1903, Stillwater Area High School claims a special sense of history.[1]

The current campus was built in 1993 thanks to a 28 million dollar bond that was approved by the citizens of District 834.[2] The previous location is now Stillwater Middle School. (SMS). Students from both SMS and Oakland Middle School attend Stillwater Area High School.[3] Newsweek ranked the school #326 in their "List of the 500 Top High Schools in America in 2015."[4]

Stillwater was designed by the architecture firm ATS&R.[5][6] The school recently underwent a $97 million dollar renovation, involving the construction of a new 9th grade wing, a new gym and Pony Activity Center (PAC). [7]


The 2016 boys' soccer team finished the season ranked fourth in the nation by USA Today on its final Super 25 Expert Rankings.[8]

State championships[citation needed]
Season Sport Number of championships
Fall Girls Swim and Dive[9] 3 State Championships

7 True Team State Championships[10]

Football 4 State Championships
Soccer, Boys 3 State Championships [11]
Soccer, Girls 2 State Championships
Cross Country, Boys 5 State Championships

2 National Championship,1997, 2012 [12]

Adapted Soccer 2 State Championships
Winter Basketball, Boys 1 State Championship
Nordic Skiing, Girls 8 State Championships
Nordic Skiing, Boys 6 State Championships
Alpine Skiing, Boys 1 State Championship
Alpine Skiing, Girls 9 State Championships
Hockey, Girls 2 State Championships [13]
Spring Baseball 1 State Championship
Softball 3 State Championships
Synchronised swimming 18 State Championships
Golf, Girls 2 State Championships
Lacrosse, Girls 0 State Championships
Lacrosse, Boys 0 State Championships
Track and Field, Boys 3 State Championships

3 True Team State Championships

Track and Field, Girls 1 True Team State Championship
Tennis, Boys 1 State Championship
Total 74 State Championships

11 True Team State Championships

2 National Championship

Music department[edit]

Stillwater Area High School's music program includes Symphonic Band, Vasity Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Wind Symphony, Symphonic percussion, Belle Chanter, Varsity Women's Choir, Varsity Men's Choir, Music Theory, Concert Choir, Symphonic Orchestra, Varsity Orchestra, and Concert Orchestra. There are also co-curricular ensembles that students can audition into; these include Jazz Band, Vagabonds, and Con Amici Chamber Orchestra.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]

Stillwater High School football team, 1922.

Notable staff[edit]


In late 2005, Stillwater Area High School received national attention after student journalists from the School Newspaper The Pony Express uncovered Joshua Gardner, a registered sex offender posing as British Royalty at the school.[25] The journalists who helped uncover the true identity of Gardner were interviewed on Fox News, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and participated in a number of radio and newspaper interviews.[26]


  1. ^ Stillwater Area High School | Stillwater Area Public Schools Archived February 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ [1] Archived March 3, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ School Demographics Info Archived February 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-16. Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
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  8. ^ Super 25 Expert Rankings for 2016-17 Boys Soccer Week 13, USA Today. Accessed May 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Boys' swimming: Still water? Hardly Archived April 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Stillwater Gazette - Sports[dead link]
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  12. ^ Team USA MN > Athletes > Archived July 23, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
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  14. ^ "What We Offer". Stillwater Area Public Schools. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Fox, Margalit (April 16, 2006). "Thomas J. Abercrombie, 75, Adventurer With Lens, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ Pitts, Jonathan (February 19, 2012). "Arundel photographers' book describes life of shared adventure". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  17. ^ Bollinger, Rhett (March 8, 2012). "Twins sign reliever Perkins to deal through 2015". Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  18. ^ Fredericksen, Jane (May 7, 2009). "Marine native Butch Thompson celebrates jazz roots". The Lowdown. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  19. ^ Wimmer, Josh (April 22, 2010). "Former Stillwater student making vampires scary again in book series". The Lowdown. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  20. ^ Hewitt, Chris (August 6, 2008). "'Mad Man' Sommer on 'Office' season premiere". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  21. ^ Boldt, Megan (January 25, 2013). "Denis McDonough: Obama picks Stillwater native as chief of staff". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  22. ^ "'Distinguished Alumni'". Still water Area Highschool. 
  23. ^ Magler, Alex (March 4, 2014). "Hoof Prints: Engler to take over law and justice class next year". Stillwater Gazette. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  24. ^ Groskreutz, Stuart (May 21, 2013). "Housley accepts assistant coaching job with Predators". Stillwateer Gazette. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  25. ^ Mount, Harry (January 19, 2006). "I'm the Duke of Cleveland, said schoolboy with a guilty secret". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  26. ^ ABC News: Student Reporters Expose 'Royal' Sex Offender

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