Wichita North High School

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Wichita North High School
Wichita High School North Tower 2009-06-10 1.jpg
1437 North Rochester Street[1]
Wichita, Kansas 67203
United States
Coordinates 37°42′33″N 97°20′43″W / 37.709190°N 97.345198°W / 37.709190; -97.345198Coordinates: 37°42′33″N 97°20′43″W / 37.709190°N 97.345198°W / 37.709190; -97.345198
School type Public, High School
Established 1929
School board boe.usd259.org
School district USD 259[2]
Superintendent John Allison[2]
CEEB code 173207[3]
Principal Sherman Padgett[4]
Grades 9 to 12
Gender coed
Campus type Urban
Color(s)      Red
Athletics Class 6A[5]
District 7[6]
Athletics conference GWAL[4]
Mascot Redskins
Communities served Wichita

Wichita North High School, known locally as North, is a fully accredited high school located in Wichita, Kansas, United States, serving students in grades 9-12. The school was founded in 1929 on the site where the United States government sent Company 'A' of the 10th Division to the forks of the Arkansas River to protect the incoming cattle drivers from the Indians.[7]

Wichita North 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 "Redskins".[citation needed]


Wichita North High School was the second high school in the city of Wichita, completed in 1929. Wichita East High School was the first high school.[7]

Due to the high school being located by a river, North is one of the few high schools in the United States that teaches canoeing. During the spring, the students hold an annual water festival called Waterfest which is held right before Wichita's annual Riverfest and it includes floats from the various student organizations. Unique landmarks in close proximity to North are Mead Island and the Minisa Bridge.[7]

Increases in enrollment at North necessitated a number of additions to the building: an auto mechanics shop (1950), girl's gymnasium (1951), and, in the fall of 1957 the three-story extension on the south wing. By 1972, thirteen annexes were in use. In 1975, North was allocated 1.7 million dollars from a bond issue. The funds were used to add a library, classrooms, provide extensive renovations to science classrooms, offices, and the woodworking room, add an extension to the small gymnasium, improve both the boys and girls physical education. dressing rooms and shower areas, and a number of other projects in rooms adjacent to the new or remodeled facilities. The improvements and/or additions made it possible to remove all but three annex buildings.[7]

Acquisition of land across from the school in 1977, 1980, and 1982 enabled the school district to provide ample student parking. Several senior classes have donated funds each year to be used to purchase a marquee sign for the student parking lot. The marquee is used to highlight student activities and provide recognition for worthy accomplishments of students. During the summer of 1988, the cafeteria was relocated to the first floor and classrooms were constructed in the former cafeteria. The change was made to make additional classrooms available to accommodate ninth grade students who started high school as a part of the restructuring plan. 2013 saw the addition of a new gymnasium and pool located on the north side of the building to replace the obsolete 1928 gymnasium which is still used for pep rallies today.[7]

Since about 1977, the senior boys would participate in a rowdy school spirit club known as the "S" Section. The "S" Section is known for making obscure cheers and rants during North High's sporting events and pep rallies. Each member would have a red and white long sleeve t-shirt with the words "North High "S" Section" on the front. The back would be the member's nickname as well as their graduation year. These would typically be worn by the members on days that pep rallies occurred.[citation needed]

One of the famous pranks of North High students is to attempt to steal "Butch." "Butch" is a buffalo head that is mounted in the main hallway across from the administrative offices. This has been thwarted due to elaborate anti-theft alarms on the mascot. Although a prank with harmless intent, students who have attempted to kidnap "Butch" have been prosecuted.[8]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


The Redskins compete in the Greater Wichita Athletic League and are classified as a 6A school, the largest classification in Kansas according to the KSHSAA. Throughout its history, Wichita North has won 22 state championships in various sports. Many graduates have gone on to participate in Division I, Division II, and Division III athletics.[citation needed]

State Championships[edit]

State Championships[9]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Soccer, Boys 1 1981
Winter Bowling, Girls 1 2008
Swimming and Diving, Boys 5 1932, 1933, 1934, 1939, 1946
Wrestling 2 1933, 1941
Basketball, Boys 2 1954, 1987
Basketball, Girls 2 1975, 1977
Spring Baseball 4 1949, 1950, 1952, 1966
Golf, Boys 3 1940, 1947, 1948
Golf, Girls 2 1973, 1974
Total 22

Notable alumni[edit]

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