Wyandotte High School
|Wyandotte High School|
2501 Minnesota Avenue |
Kansas City, Kansas 66102
|School type||Public, High school|
|School board||School board website|
|School district||Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, USD 500 |
|CEEB code||171560 |
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Athletics conference||KCK-Atchison League|
|Rival||F.L. Schlagle High School, Washington High School, J.C. Harmon High School|
Wyandotte High School
|Location||2500 Minnesota, Kansas City, Kansas|
|Area||24 acres (9.7 ha)|
|Architect||Fellows Hamilton & Nedved|
|Architectural style||Modern, Art Deco|
|NRHP reference #||86000920|
|Added to NRHP||April 30, 1986|
Wyandotte High School is a fully accredited public high school located in Kansas City, Kansas, United States, serving students in grades 9–12. The building itself is a historic and notable public building, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The school principal is Mary Stewart. The mascot is the Bulldog and the school colors are red and white. The athletic programs have won many state championships including an undefeated national championship in boys' basketball in 1923.
On March 28, 1985, the school building was designated as a Kansas City, Kansas Historic Landmark. It was registered in Historic Kansas Places on November 23, 1985, and placed in the National Register of Historic Places on April 30, 1986. Stephen King's Sometimes They Come Back was filmed at Wyandotte.
The Bulldogs are classified as a 6A school, the largest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Wyandotte is the only 6A school in the Kansas City Kansas school district, and as such often finds itself in postseason competition with schools from Lawrence, Olathe, Overland Park (Blue Valley School District) and Shawnee Mission. Throughout its history, Wyandotte has won over fifty state championships in various sports. Many graduates have gone on to participate in Division I, Division II, and Division III athletics.
The Bulldogs are known statewide for winning 20 state titles in basketball including a 1923 undefeated national championship season in which the Bulldogs beat Rockford, Illinois, by a score of 43–21. One of the nation's most successful high school basketball coaches, Walter Shublom led Wyandotte High School of Kansas City, Kansas to 10 state championships and three second-place finishes in his 14 seasons there from 1955-1969. Shublom posted a 296–26 record (.919 winning percentage) at Wyandotte, with his 1957 and 1965 teams finishing unbeaten and another five teams finishing with just one loss. He and Wyandotte High School share a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, where they fall under the heading of high school dynasty. For ten straight seasons, from 1956 to 1965, Shublom's Bulldogs played in the state championship game. In seven of those years they were successful, including five straight years, 1957–1961. Following his tenure at Wyandotte, he became the University of Missouri freshman coach in 1969 and in two years there, guided the Tiger frosh to 21 wins and 2 losses. Shublom went on to coach Kansas City Kansas Community College for 11 seasons before retiring in 1982. In addition to coaching, he played minor league baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. In 1982, he was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. The basketball team also won a state championship in basketball in 1998.
In November 2006, the football team made a playoff appearance for the first time since 1987, but suffered a loss to St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Wyandotte's football teams have won the state championship six times, occurring in 1921 (9–0), 1923, 1932 (8-0-1 season), 1933 (9-0 co-champions), 1942 (10-0 season), and 1952 (9-0 season).
|Season||Sport||Number of championships||Year|
|Fall||Football||6*||1921, 1923, 1932, 1933, 1941, 1951|
|Cross country, boys'||1||1965|
|Winter||Swimming and diving, boys'||8||1934, 1937, 1938, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1968|
|Basketball, boys'||20||1923, 1930, 1933, 1941, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1976, 1984, 1985, 1998|
|Indoor track and field, boys'||8||1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1977|
|Indoor track and field, girls'||1||1975|
|Spring||Baseball||7||1922, 1941, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1962, 1964|
|Track & Field, Boys'||7||1931, 1960, 1969, 1977, 1981, 1987, 1992|
|Track & Field, Girls'||1||1988|
- State football championships are not recognized by the KSHSAA prior to 1969. 1969 was the first year that the KSHSAA sponsored the football state championships. Adding the six state football titles would bring Wyandotte's total to 59.
In the early 1930s, students built a two-seat monoplane aircraft designed by Noel Hockaday. It was called the Wyandotte Pup. The design rights were bought by the Porterfield Aircraft Corporation and the aircraft entered production as the Porterfield Flyabout.
- Boots Adams, former president of Phillips Petroleum Company
- Lucius Allen, former NBA player, third pick of 1969 NBA draft
- Edward Asner, actor, Elf, Up, The Mary Tyler Moore Show
- Lyron Cobbins, former Notre Dame Fighting Irish All-American linebacker
- Larry Drew, former head coach of the NBA Atlanta Hawks; former NBA player
- Ray Evans, former NFL player
- Steve Renko, former MLB player (Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, California Angels, Kansas City Royals)
- Pierre Russell, former professional basketball player
- Dee Wallace, actress, E.T., The Howling, Cujo
- Cheryl Womack, entrepreneur
- "GNIS Detail - Wyandotte High School". Retrieved April 13, 2016.
- "Home". kckps.org. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
- Official School District Website
- SUNY. "High School CEEB Code Search". suny.edu. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "The History of Our Public Schools" (English). Retrieved 2014-06-30.
- "A History of Wyandotte High School" (English). Retrieved 2014-06-30.
- "Fall of Wyandotte Basketball a Sports Tragedy" (English). Retrieved 2014-06-30.
- "Kansas High School Basketball History" (English). Retrieved 2014-06-30.
- "Kansas Historical Quarterly - Some Notes on College Basketball in Kansas" (English). Retrieved 2014-06-30.
- High school history Archived September 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- Architect design and history Archived February 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Kansas Sports Hall of Fame". Archived from the original (English) on May 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
- "State Records & State Champions" (English). Retrieved 2010-02-05.
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