High school clubs and organizations

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High school clubs and organizations, are student-based school organizations, consisting of administration-approved organizations functioning with myriad tasks, varying on the specific purpose of each respective club. Clubs composed of students, with adults as advising figures to maintain the functionality of clubs. Clubs primarily focus on four aspects: fundraising, helping otherscommunity service, career interest, and interpersonal dynamics (also known as group dynamics). In general, clubs are broken down into two main categories: State and/or Nationwide organizations, and local clubs. Within the major, nationwide club organizations, each individual charter within each school is referred to as a "chapter". Clubs are started by either corporation, counterpart adult organizations, or campus students looking to satisfy a need or demand. Most of the children in the USA are in some sort of student organization or club.

History of clubs[edit]

The first high school student-based organization chartered in Sacramento High School in California, in May 1925.[1] The concept of instilling an organized, separate entity separate from the school itself came from Albert Olney, and Frank Vincent. They were school administrators and Kiwanis Club members who were looking to form a junior service club in the school. This organization later became known as Key Club. Key Club now stands today as the largest student-based organization in the world, though not the largest high school organization in the world.

Tracking down the precise history of high school organizations is difficult as several thousand types of clubs exist. Prominent clubs include high school subdivisions of Red Cross, Make-A-Wish Foundation, UNICEF Clubs, National Honor Society, National Beta Club, Junior State of America, Interact, Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, among many other organizations. Each club has its own timeline, with hallmark internal achievements only known by members of each respective club. As well as single-school clubs, such as a Debate Club, Geocaching Club, and others of the like.

Types of clubs[edit]

There are four main club categories: fundraising, community service, career interest, and interpersonal dynamics. Many clubs offer a combination of each element.


Many people polarize toward fundraising for a major organization or movement. Fundraising appeals to people as high school students make a direct impact on international affairs, such as funding cancer research or environmental preservation.

Community service[edit]

Many schools require that students perform a certain community service quota. To obtain such a threshold, many people turn to community service organizations such as Exchange Clubs, Key Club, Interact Club, Lion's Club, Red Cross, FCCLA,and local clubs. In doing so, many teenagers experience more camaraderie while performing community service. Other individuals just enjoy helping the local community around them.

Career interest[edit]

Many teenagers join clubs that revolve around their career interest. Many clubs, such as High Schools Society [2] in Ghana, Junior State of America[3] and Future Scientist and Engineers of America focus on specific career fields and help students understand them better. Many competitions, awards, and conventions are held to give club members advantages in these fields by exposing them to new opportunities. In addition, members of career interest clubs network with other students who will enter similar fields.

Interpersonal dynamics[edit]

Many teenagers join clubs that offer no academic, organizational, or community benefit. These clubs tend to focus on culture, social dynamics, and self-interest. These clubs look to satisfy the needs and demands of teenagers in each school, based on environment, tradition, and culture. Clubs such as an Anime Club can bring students to socialize.

List of high school clubs[edit]


  1. ^ Arnold, Oren (1949). The Widening Path. Kiwanis International. p. 70. Retrieved 2011-01-24.
  2. ^ hssgh.com
  3. ^ Junior State of America