Wichita Heights High School
|Wichita Heights High School|
|5301 North Hillside Street
Wichita, Kansas, 67219
|School type||Public, High School|
|School district||USD 259|
|Grades||9 to 12|
Wichita Heights High School, known locally as Heights, is a coeducational secondary school located in Wichita, Kansas, USA, serving students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the USD 259 public school system. The school principal is Mr. Bruce Deterding, who replaced Mr. Mark Christian after Christian retired in 2006. The school colors are red and black.
Wichita Heights High School was established in 1961 in order to help educate the growing population of Wichita, Kansas. The school was originally approved, planned and built as Wichita Heights Rural School District Number 192 to serve the districts of Bridgeport, Kechi, Kechi Center, Riverside, and Riverview. No secondary school existed at the time for these districts. Prior to its construction, students were placed into other Wichita area schools. Construction of the school began in 1959 and was finished two years later in 1961, in time for the school year.
Wichita Heights is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association and offers a variety of sports programs. Athletic teams compete in the 5A division and are known as the "Falcons". Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs. Notable alumni of the school include MLB Pitcher Mike Pelfrey, former NBA player, Darnell Valentine and serial killer, Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer.
Wichita Heights High School was originally approved, planned and built as Wichita Heights Rural School District Number 192, to serve the districts of Bridgeport, Kechi, Kechi Center, Riverside, and Riverview. No secondary school existed at the time for these districts; prior to its construction students were placed into other Wichita area schools. Construction of the school started in 1959, and was finished two years later in 1961 in time for the school year. In July 1963, the school became a part of the Wichita Public Schools. In 1983, Wichita Heights was designated an urban overflow school due to the increasing populations of other inner city Wichita Public Schools.
The Falcons compete in the Greater Wichita Athletic League and are classified as a 5A school, the second largest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Throughout its history, Wichita Heights has won twenty one state championships in various sports. Several graduates have gone on to participate in collegiate and professional athletics. The football team won a state championship in 2010 against Olathe North High School on November 27, 2010 by a score of 48-14.
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Wrestling||3||1968, 1976, 2011|
|Basketball, Boys||6||1977, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015|
|Basketball, Girls||7||1979, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012|
|Bowling, Girls||3||2006, 2010, 2011|
Wichita Heights High School offers the following sports:
- Class of 1963: Dennis Lynn Rader, the "BTK killer"
- Class of 1968: Stephen D. Hill, judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals
- Class of 1972: Cynthia Sikes, actress and former Miss Kansas
- Class of 1975: Mark Parkinson, former Governor of Kansas
- Class of 1977: Darnell Valentine, NBA player
- Class of 1979: Antoine Carr, NBA player
- Class of 1990: Darren Dreifort, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher
- Class of 1998: Danny Roew, film director
- Class of 1999: Shaun Smith, NFL player
- Class of 2002: Mike Pelfrey, New York Mets pitcher
- Class of 2003: Xzavie Jackson, professional football player
- Class of 2011: Dreamius Smith, San Diego Chargers running back
- Wichita Public High Schools
- Wichita East High School
- Wichita North High School
- Wichita Northeast Magnet High School
- Wichita Northwest High School
- Wichita South High School
- Wichita Southeast High School
- Wichita West High School
- Wichita Private High Schools
- GNIS entry for Heights High School; USGS; October 24, 2008.
- USD 259
- High School CEEB Code Search
- "School Search - Wichita-Heights HS". Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
- KSHSAA School Classification List
- KSHSAA School District List
- "Heights High School, Wichita, KS". publicschoolreview.com.
- "Heights High School". Archived from the original (English) on January 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
- "State Records & State Champions" (English). Retrieved 2010-02-05.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wichita Heights High School.|
- Wichita School District - High School Boundary Map, valid starting fall 2012, USD 259
- Wichita School District - Boundary Map and Directory of Buildings, USD 259