Wichita East High School

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Wichita East High School
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2301 East Douglas Avenue
Wichita, Kansas 67211
United States
Coordinates 37°40′56″N 97°18′34″W / 37.682334°N 97.309466°W / 37.682334; -97.309466Coordinates: 37°40′56″N 97°18′34″W / 37.682334°N 97.309466°W / 37.682334; -97.309466
School type Public, High School
Established 1878
School district USD 259
Superintendent Alicia Thompson
CEEB code 173206
Principal Sara Richardson
Teaching staff 131.60 (on a FTE basis)
Grades 9 to 12
Gender coed
Enrollment 2348 (2016-2017)
Student to teacher ratio 17.31
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Navy blue
     Columbia Blue
Athletics Class 6A
District 6
Athletics conference Greater Wichita
Athletic League
Mascot Blue Aces
Newspaper The Messenger
Yearbook Echoes

Wichita East High School, known locally as "East", is a public, co-educational secondary school located near the center of Wichita, Kansas, United States. The school's 44-acre (180,000 m2) campus and the building's Collegiate Gothic styling make it an urban landmark. With a student population of 2,348, it is the largest high school in the state.

The school offers the International Baccalaureate program, a magnet program that teaches students at college level, and which attracts students from all around the Wichita metro area. In 2014, East was ranked the #1 school in the state of Kansas by U.S. News & World Report [8] and the #1 place to work in Wichita by the Wichita Business Journal. [9] In 2017, Architectural Digest named East the most beautiful high school in the state of Kansas.[10]


Wichita East traces its roots back to 1878, although the current building wasn't completed until 1923. Originally known as Wichita High School, East was the first of seven traditional public high schools to be built in USD 259, Wichita's Unified School District. In 1929, when Wichita North High School was completed, the school's name was changed to Wichita High School East. Originally built on a campus shared with Roosevelt Junior High School, the high school's growing enrollment forced the conversion of the junior high school into a second wing of the high school.

The junior high school and high school were joined by a third structure in 1976-1977, a library and cafeteria that connected the second floor of the two buildings. In 2004, a construction project added a new gymnasium, converted the old gym into the current science wing, and provided air conditioning to the entire building, but the renovation removed the building's swimming pool, auto mechanics building and 500 Hall, which housed the wood shops.

In 2011, East added a secondary gym and a new swimming pool. In 2012, the school opened the new performing arts center, featuring a 600-seat theater, instrumental rehearsal spaces and vocal music room.

In 2014, East was ranked the #1 school in the state of Kansas by U.S. News & World Report.[8] The campus is also home to the Wichita Area Technical College.


Wichita High School East is regionally recognized for both academic and athletic success.[citation needed] The school offers both the Wichita Public Schools diploma and the International Baccalaureate Diploma, a magnet diploma that students earn through the International Baccalaureate program. The school also offers many Advanced Placement, Honors, and college preparatory classes. The school also offers the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program for selective students. East consistently leads Wichita-area schools in academic awards. Both the high school's newspaper, The Messenger, and yearbook, "Echoes," have been recognized in national competitions, and the former is a member of the High School National Ad Network.[citation needed]

East High school is also known for consistently having many National Merit Scholars each year from students taking the PSAT/NMSQT.

East High has a strong performing arts program, with all groups (band, choral, theatre, and orchestra) having won many city and state awards for outstanding performances throughout the years.

East has a large and successful debate and forensics squad and consistently qualifies students for the national tournament. In June 2007, East hosted the debate portion of NFL Nationals.[11] East also has a very successful Scholar's Bowl team winning 4 state championships in 1998, 2004, 2007, and most recently 2011.[12]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Clubs and Activities[edit]

East has over 50 clubs and activities in which students can participate. Many clubs embrace diversity[clarification needed], are active in the community, or promote entertainment. Clubs vary from Anime club to National Honor Society to Students Against Prejudice. Students can participate in school-centered activities like STUCO (student council) or follow personal interests in clubs like Tai Chi, Students Against Prejudice, the Young Democrats, or Ultimate Frisbee Club. The Big Do, a club fair held after school one evening each September, consists of all student organizations gathering on the front lawn to sell food and host activities. Every spring, East High holds "Aces in the Community," a day in which all students and faculty go out into Wichita to perform community service.[citation needed]


East High holds 96 state championships with all their sports teams combined. Athletically, East is home to a consistently competitive basketball program that has 9 state championships. In addition, the Blue Aces football team, who have won 4 state championships, has been increasingly successful in recent years due to leadership changes as well as two highly acclaimed and heavily recruited brothers, Arthur (Class of 2008) and Bryce Brown (Class of 2009), both now in the NFL. East's Boys Swimming and Diving team is also dominate winning 14 State Championships, most recently one in 2013. East athletics compete in the Greater Wichita Athletic League against the city's seven largest public high schools and two private Catholic high schools. East is a 6A school, the largest size recognized by the Kansas High School Athletics Association. Since 1928, East High teams have been known as the Blue Aces, and the school is represented by its mascot, Max, a World War I flying ace with an oversized head and a pronounced cleft chin. The schools colors are Navy Blue and White with Columbia Blue as a third color.

Boys Basketball[edit]

East High is known for its historically successful boys basketball team.[citation needed] The team's tradition for success dates back to its 1915 state title, and has continued over 100 years to its 2015 Kansas 6A state title, a season during which the Aces posted an overall record of 24-1 and an average margin of victory of 23.7 points. 2015 marked the third consecutive year the Aces qualified for the state basketball tournament, as well as the Aces' second state title in 10 years and the third since 2002. The Aces play home games in the East gym, which has a seating capacity of 2,400.

National Championship[edit]

The 1925 boys basketball team won the National Interscholastic Basketball Tournament in Chicago. The tournament was an attempt by Amos Alonzo Stagg to create a national high school champion which lasted from 1917 to 1930 before school administrators intervened to oppose the concept of a national tournament. Wichita defeated El Reno High School 27-6 in the final.[13]

State Championships[edit]

State Championships[12]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football 4 1950, 1951, 1982, 1983
Cross Country, Boys 7 1948, 1949, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1964
Winter Swimming and Diving, Boys 14 1931, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 2013
Basketball, Boys 9 1915, 1925, 1951, 1962, 1972, 1992, 2002, 2005, 2015
Bowling, Girls 1 2013
Wrestling 10 1931, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950
Spring Baseball 5 1945, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1957
Golf, Boys 11 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1965
Outdoor Track and Field, Boys 28 1913, 1914, 1917, 1926, 1929, 1930, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1996
Indoor Track and Field, Boys 4 1957, 1965, 1966, 1967
Swimming and Diving, Girls 1 2017[14]
Total 94

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ GNIS entry for East High School; USGS; October 13, 1978.
  2. ^ "Wichita Public Schools". usd259.org. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "suny.edu - High School CEEB Code Search". The State University of New York. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Football/PDF/Football%20Classifications.pdf
  5. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for East High". ed.gov. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Football/PDF/FBAssignments.pdf
  7. ^ "School Search - Wichita-East HS". Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "East High School in WICHITA, KS - Best High Schools - US News". usnews.com. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Wichita High School East among Wichita's Best Places to Work for 2014 - Wichita Business Journal". Wichita Business Journal. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "The Most Beautiful Public High School in Every State in America". Architectural Digest. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2017. 
  11. ^ National Forensics League 2007
  12. ^ a b "Winners & Records Of All KSHSAA-Sponsored State Events" (English). Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  13. ^ "NBA.com". nba.com. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  14. ^ http://www.catchitkansas.com/content/news/Wichita-East-claims-6A-girls-swim-title-423355564.html

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