Stillwater Area High School

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Stillwater Area High School
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We learn not for school, but for life
Oak Park Heights, Minnesota
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
Established 1993
Principal Robert Bach
Enrollment 2400+
Color(s) Red and black
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 Junior High School. (SJHS). Students from both SJHS and Oak-Land Jr. High School attend Stillwater Area High School.[3] Newsweek ranked the school #838 in their "List of the 1200 Top High Schools in America."[4]


State Championships[citation needed]
Season Sport Number of Championships
Fall Girls Swim and Dive[5] 3 State Championships

7 True Team State Championships[6]

Football 4 State Championships
Soccer, Boys 2 State Championships
Soccer, Girls 2 State Championships
Cross Country, Boys 5 State Championships

2 National Championship,1997, 2012 [7]

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 [8]
Spring Baseball 1 State Championship
Softball 3 State Championships
Synchronized 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 71 State Championships

9 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.[9]


There are five different band classes. These include Symphonic Band, Varsity Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Wind Symphony, and Symphonic Percussion.


There are three different orchestras at Stillwater Area High school. The Symphonic Orchestra is mostly Sophomores with an occasional Junior or two who play with the orchestra. The Varsity Orchestra is the intermediate orchestra. This orchestra is composed of Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Sophomores try out for the orchestra and can be placed into it by the teacher. Juniors automatically get into the orchestra if they were in the Symphonic Orchestra the year before and the Seniors automatically are placed into this orchestra if they do not get into Concert Orchestra. Concert Orchestra is the highest orchestra. Everyone auditions to get into this orchestra. It is made up of mostly Juniors and Seniors and sometimes Sophomores who make the cut.


The choral program has four different choirs. There is one all male choir, two all female choirs, and one co-ed choir. Varsity Women's Choir is composed of mostly Sophomores. There are some Juniors and Seniors also and all the people in this choir are women. There is no audition requirement for this choir and people are automatically put into it if they do not make the higher level choirs or do not try out for a choir. Varsity Men's Choir is made up of mostly Sophomore males. There are some Juniors and Seniors also. Like Varsity Women's Choir, there are no auditions so men are put into this choir if they do not make it into the highest choir; Concert Choir, or they do not audition at all. Belle Chanter is an exclusively female choir. It is the intermediate choir and females do have to audition to get into this choir. The highest choir is Concert Choir. It is made up of both males and females and encompasses the whole range of vocals from Soprano to Bass. This choir is based on auditions and is made up of mostly Juniors and Seniors with a couple of Sophomores. This choir travels and does performances in major competitions (usually in Minnesota or surrounding states) and almost always wins high marks for their singing.

Co-Curricular Ensembles[edit]

There are three different extra curricular ensembles. There is a band, orchestra, and choral ensemble that are all very competitive and are chosen from the very best auditions. These ensembles include Con Amici Chamber Orchestra, The Vagabonds, and The Jazz Band. The Vagabonds are a select choral group made up of both men and women. They audition and are selected by the choral director to travel and perform their music at many different venues.

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.[20] 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.[21]


  1. ^ Stillwater Area High School | Stillwater Area Public Schools
  2. ^ [1] Archived March 3, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ School Demographics Info
  4. ^ "The Top of the Class". The complete list of the 1,200 top U.S. schools. MSNBC. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  5. ^ Boys' swimming: Still water? Hardly Archived April 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Stillwater Gazette - Sports[dead link]
  7. ^ Team USA MN > Athletes > Archived July 23, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
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  9. ^ "What We Offer". Stillwater Area Public Schools. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Fox, Margalit (April 16, 2006). "Thomas J. Abercrombie, 75, Adventurer With Lens, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ Pitts, Jonathan (February 19, 2012). "Arundel photographers' book describes life of shared adventure". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ Bollinger, Rhett (March 8, 2012). "Twins sign reliever Perkins to deal through 2015". Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ Fredericksen, Jane (May 7, 2009). "Marine native Butch Thompson celebrates jazz roots". The Lowdown. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ Wimmer, Josh (April 22, 2010). "Former Stillwater student making vampires scary again in book series". The Lowdown. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  15. ^ Hewitt, Chris (August 6, 2008). "'Mad Man' Sommer on 'Office' season premiere". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ Boldt, Megan (January 25, 2013). "Denis McDonough: Obama picks Stillwater native as chief of staff". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  17. ^ "'Distinguished Alumni'". Still water Area Highschool. 
  18. ^ Magler, Alex (March 4, 2014). "Hoof Prints: Engler to take over law and justice class next year". Stillwater Gazette. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  19. ^ Groskreutz, Stuart (May 21, 2013). "Housley accepts assistant coaching job with Predators". Stillwateer Gazette. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ ABC News: Student Reporters Expose 'Royal' Sex Offender

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