Washburn Rural High School

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Washburn Rural High School
Washburn Rural High School logo.png
5900 SW 61st Street [1]


United States
Coordinates38°57′26″N 95°45′36″W / 38.957267°N 95.759962°W / 38.957267; -95.759962Coordinates: 38°57′26″N 95°45′36″W / 38.957267°N 95.759962°W / 38.957267; -95.759962
School typePublic, High School
School districtAuburn–Washburn USD 437
SuperintendentDr. Scott McWilliams
CEEB code172930 [2]
PrincipalEd Raines [3]
Athletic DirectorCharlie Nimz [3]
Teaching staff130.31 (FTE)[4]
Enrollment1,954 (2017–18)[4]
Student to teacher ratio15.00[4]
Campus typeRural
Color(s)  Blue
SloganHome of the Junior Blues
AthleticsClass 6A [5]
District 5 [6]
Athletics conferenceCentennial League [3]
MascotThe Junior Blues
RivalShawnee Heights High School
Hayden High School
NewspaperBlue Streak

Washburn Rural High School is a public high school service grades 9-12 in Topeka, KS The school is next to Washburn Rural Middle School. In 2007, Edward Raines became the new principal, replacing former principal Bill Edwards. The "Junior Blue" is the School mascot with the school colors being blue and white.. The average annual enrollment is approximately 1,900 students.[7]

A bond issue allowed for major construction and improvements to the school, as enrollment grew and overcrowding became an issue.[citation needed]

Washburn Rural is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and offers a variety of sports programs. Athletic teams compete in the 6A division and are known as the "Junior Blues". Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Junior Blues are classified as a 6A school, the largest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Throughout its history, Washburn Rural has won 34 state championships in various sports. Many graduates have gone on to participate in collegiate athletics.



The football program won the state championship in 1985 and again in 1986 and 1989 under then head coach, Ron Bowen, who has since been inducted into the KSHSAA Hall of Fame. The football stadium at the school, Bowen-Glaze Stadium, is named after coaches Ron Bowen and Ray Glaze.[citation needed] On February 13, 2013, it was announced Steve Buhler would become the head football coach after spending 15 seasons at Rossville High School. Included All league line backer Nathan Gentine of the 2018 season

Men's Rowing[edit]

In 2006, the Washburn Rural boy's rowing team was ranked 4th in the state in their inaugural season.[citation needed] The following year they won the 2007 state championship and since have received national recognition.[citation needed] However, there is no longer a rowing program at the school.


In 2009, the Washburn Rural volleyball team was league, sub-state, and state champions.[citation needed] That year, the volleyball team qualified for the state tournament for the thirteenth year in a row, winning the league tournament for the sixth year in a row, the longest such streak in league history.[8]

Cross country[edit]

In 2008, Avery Clifton, class of 2010, won the state championship with a time of 14:59.91 seconds in the 4000 meter race, and won again 2009.[9]

In 2010, Jacob Morgan, class of 2012, won the state championship with a time of 15:35.40 seconds in the 5000 meter race. Jacob successfully defended his state title in 2011, with a time of 15:28.50.[10]

Boys' Basketball[edit]

The boys' basketball program has also experienced a fair amount of success, winning state titles in 1966, 1982, 1985 and 2011.[citation needed] The team is currently coached by Kevin Muff.[citation needed] Clint Mietler who was hired in May 2010 coming from Douglas High School, and resigned after two seasons. The boys' basketball program has experienced success throughout its history, winning state championships in 1966, 1982, and 1985.The 2010-2011 team captured the school's first league title in 14 years.

Other sports[edit]

In 1981, Dana Hazen broke the state record javelin throw at the Kansas Relays. The girls' basketball team has won three titles, occurring in 1996, 1999, and 2009 under the leadership of Bill Annan. In July 2009, Bill Annan joined the Oklahoma State women's basketball team as director of player development, leaving the head coaching position to Kevin Bordewick. The boys' soccer team, under Brian Hensyel, claimed the 6A boys' soccer state championship in a 3–0 win over Lawrence Free State High School. The team finished the season 20–1, and was ranked in several national polls.

State Championships[edit]

State Championships[11][12]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football 3 1985, 1986, 1989
Soccer, Boys 3 2002, 2009, 2012
Volleyball 7 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
Tennis, Girls 2 1990, 1993
Cross Country, Girls 1 1996
Golf, Girls 5 2005, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
Winter Basketball, Boys 4 1966, 1982, 1985, 2011
Basketball, Girls 4 1996, 1999, 2009, 2019
Wrestling, Boys 2 2021, 2022
Wrestling, Girls 2 2020, 2021
Spring Golf, Boys 3 1997, 2009, 2015
Tennis, Boys 5 1988, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007
Baseball 2 1950, 1952
Softball 3 1995, 2008, 2014
Total 46


WRHS has an Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) unit. The KS71ST AFJROTC, was first established at the school in August 1972, and ran through May 1975. The instructors were retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Virgil L Burke and Senior Master Sergeant Max Fullerton. In its first year, the admittance of girls were introduced into the program. The KS71st Boys Drill Team won fourth place at the Richards-Gebaur invitational meet, held at Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Kansas City, Missouri. The second year established the KS71ST Girls Drill Team. The Boys placed second at the Derby High School Drill Meet, in Wichita, Kansas. The KS71st graduated it first cadets in 1973. The last KS71ST cadets were graduated in May 1975. Due to the drawdown of United States Air Force forces after Vietnam, and the closure of Forbes Air Force Base, in Topeka, Kansas the unit was discontinued. A new unit was established in 2013. The objectives of AFJROTC are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline, while providing instruction in air and space fundamentals. Classroom instruction is reinforced by community service, field trips and other training opportunities. Students participating in AFJROTC are not required to serve in the military and receive physical education and history elective credit for taking AFJROTC courses. Instructors are retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Ron Daniels and Master Sergeant Wayne Long and there are approximately 120 cadets in the program.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ GNIS entry for Washburn Rural High School; USGS; November 3, 2008.
  2. ^ High School CEEB Code Search
  3. ^ a b c "School Search - Topeka-Washburn Rural HS". Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Washburn Rural High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  5. ^ KSHSAA School Classification List
  6. ^ KSHSAA School District List
  7. ^ "Washburn Rural High Student Body". U.S. News & World Report. 2015–2016. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  8. ^ WRHS Volleyball
  9. ^ Topeka Capital Journal Article on Avery Clifton
  10. ^ Runnerspace.com article on Jacob Morgan
  11. ^ "State Records & State Champions" (English). Retrieved 2010-02-05.
  12. ^ "Link - KSHSAA".

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