Ottawa Senior High School
|Ottawa Senior High School
Ottawa High School
|Ottawa, Franklin County, 66067
|Average class size||14:1|
|Classes offered||College & College Prep|
|Color(s)||Red and White (Unofficially Black)
|Rival||Paola High School|
|Affiliation||Kansas State High School Activities Association, 4A|
Ottawa Senior High School, or Ottawa High School, is a public high school located in Ottawa, Kansas, serving students in grades 9-12. Its athletic teams, known as the Cyclones, compete in the Frontier Athletic League. The principal is Ryan Cobbs, the assistant principal is Mr. Bland, and the athletic director is Brad Graf. The current enrollment of the school is approximately 689 students, and the school has 102 teachers, secretaries, paras, and nurses. Ottawa Middle School is the main feeder school to Ottawa Senior High School.
The USD 290 school district was established on November 12, 1864 by Jacob Sumstine. The first term of Ottawa Public School (then the only school in the county) was held from 1864 to 1865 in the upstairs of a building on Second Street and Main Street. The first school building was built in 1866 and served until 1872. A newer school, referred to as Central School was built at Fifth Street and Main Street and served until 1898 when it was renamed Washington School. This school ceased to exist in 1927. In 1917, adjacent to Washington School, a new building designed by architect George Washburn's son officially became Ottawa Senior High School. This new school served the community for 51 years before a new school on Ash Street replaced it in 1968. Later, in 1978, wood and metal shops were added. The latest addition was created in 1990.
Ottawa High School operates on a 7:45am to 3:10pm school day with 7 classes each day. Ottawa Senior High School offers a wide variety of classes geared towards the specific abilities and interests of its students. In addition to the standard curriculum, the school also has various courses geared towards the preparation of students for college or university-level education. These “College Preparatory” courses are offered in English, Government and Economics.
Ottawa High School also offers college classes via Neosho County Community College, classes on the Spanish language, and visual and performing arts classes such as basic/advanced art, clay construction, debate, forensics, theatre, band, and various vocal classes. Ottawa High also has a newspaper class that electronically publishes The Review, with physical copies released near the end of each semester, a now-defunct videography class that produced The Nutshell, and a yearbook class that annually puts out The Record.
The mission of Ottawa High School is to build relationships with students while educating through rigor and relevance, resulting in lifelong learners.
The extracurricular activities offered at Ottawa Senior High School are many and varied. The Cyclones compete in the Frontier League and are classified as a 4A school according to the KSHSAA. Throughout its history, Ottawa High School has won several state championships in various sports and activities.
Ottawa High School offers the following sports:
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Fall||Cross Country, Girls||7||1981, 1985, 1987, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999|
|Cross Country, Boys||1||1972|
|Winter||Basketball, Boys||2||1971, 2013|
|Indoor Track & Field, Boys||1||1970|
|Spring||Track and Field, Boys||4||1948, 1970, 1971, 2000|
|Track and Field, Girls||3||1981, 1982, 1983|
The Ottawa High School band program has several state recognized performers every year, qualifying either individually or in ensemble groups. The marching band, known as the Ottawa High Marching Cyclones, perform every year at the University of Kansas' Band Day and the Baker Marching Festival. The band program received a prestigious one rating at Baker in 2005 and 2006, under the direction of Chris Reynolds. The concert band competes in the state large ensemble competition annually and received one (superior) ratings most recently in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Ottawa High School also has a Jazz Ensemble where students learn about the tricky style of jazz and the art of improvisation. The bands are currently under the direction of Courtney Williams.
The Ottawa High School chorus program consists of concert choir, womans choir, chamber singers and cytones. Chamber choir and Cytones compete at contests once a year. The chorus is currently under the direction of Lori Underwood with accompaniment by Mr. Gary Keller. OHS music department is currently trying to raise funds to go to chicago in the spring (2013).
Drama and theatre
Fall musical and spring play
Every year the Ottawa High School music department presents a fall musical. The performance consists of a student cast, stage crew, tech crew, and pit and is put on at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium. It is directed by Lori Underwood with pit direction by Courtney Williams.
Ottawa High School puts on a play every spring at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium with a student cast and crew. It is directed by Chanlynn Allen.
Debate and Forensics
Many Ottawa students participate in speaking and acting competitions throughout the school year. During the fall, Ottawa's Debate team is active, and during the spring the Forensics teams is active. Both teams, composed of 9th–12th graders, compete on Saturdays at area high schools. Ottawa annually hosts both debate and forensics tournaments. When competing nationally, Ottawa competes in the National Catholic Forensic League. The debate team is under the direction of Shaun Denton, and the forensics team is under direction of Angela Flax.
As mentioned in the Academic section, OHS once had a weekly program called "The Nutshell." The show was produced during the 2003–2004 and 2007–2008 school years. After several years of degradation, only two students remained in the videography class: Grant Neal and Caleb Mitchell. The two decided to start a weekly show that would highlight the various aspects of life at OHS. The Nutshell aired during seminar and gave the students something to watch before a block of silence and homework. After roughly 10 episodes, the show was ended due to a difference in opinion over subject matter between the supervising teacher and the students. The shows was resurrected in 2007, but was subsequently ended following the elimination of the videography class. Since then, the show also had numerous airings on Ottawa community television.
Ottawa High School students actively participate in Student Council (commonly abbreviated to STUCO). Ottawa High School also has a state-qualifying Scholar's Bowl team, a branch of the National Honor Society, a state-qualifying chess team, and a successful Science Olympiad competition team.
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- Lisa Morrisey, contestant on season 15 of The Bachelor
- Grant Neal, former Production Coordinator at Magnetic Dreams Animation Studio in Nashville, Tennessee where he was credited on Sesame Street, VeggieTales, and the feature film After.
- Don Harrison, news anchor, one of the original anchors of CNN Headline News
- Stanley Sheldon, bassist and vocalist for Peter Frampton, most notably on Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! album
- David Mills, prominent American Idol "reject" in the beginning Season 6
- Brett Staneart, recipient of a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team and Writers Guild Award (Guiding Light)
- Kearsten Peoples, current Kansas record holder for high school girls' shot put (51'10¾") and state record holder for discus (166' 7")
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