Olathe South High School

Olathe South High School
Old entrance to South prior to 2010 remodel.
1640 East 151st Street [1]
Olathe, Kansas, 66062
United States
Coordinates 38°51′22″N 94°47′33″W / 38.8561546°N 94.7924174°W / 38.8561546; -94.7924174Coordinates: 38°51′22″N 94°47′33″W / 38.8561546°N 94.7924174°W / 38.8561546; -94.7924174
School type Public, High School
Established 1981
School board Board Website
School district USD 233 [2]
CEEB Code 172222 [3]
Principal Phil Clark
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,100 (Approx.)[4]
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue and Gold


Mascot Falcons
Rival Olathe East High School
Newspaper The Eyrie
Yearbook The Talon

Olathe South High School is a fully accredited public high school located in Olathe, Kansas, USA, serving students in grades 9-12. The school is one of four high schools in the Olathe Unified School District (USD 233). Olathe South High School was recognized as a National School of Excellence for the 1990-91 school year by the U.S. Department of Education[5], becoming the first high school in Olathe to do so. Olathe South's official colors are blue and gold, and the official mascot is the Falcon. The average annual enrollment at Olathe South is approximately 2,100 students.[4]

Olathe South High School was established in 1981 in order to help educate the rapidly increasing population of Olathe, KS. In 2009, construction began on remodeling the school in order to accommodate ninth graders for the first time.[6]

Olathe South 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 "Falcons". Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs.



Built in 1981, Olathe South became the second high school in the Olathe public school system. In 1990, the school was awarded Blue Ribbon status. In 2002, a black box theater was added to the school. In June 2009, construction began on remodeling the school in order to accommodate ninth graders for the first time.[6]


The most notable feature of Olathe South is that it is entirely on one level. The campus is situated near the intersection of 151st and Ridgeview Roads in southern Olathe.

Adjacent to the Olathe South building on the west side of the campus is Indian Trail Junior High. Towards the northern end rests Heritage Elementary. The eastern side of the campus is the track, practice football, marching band, and soccer fields. .


The typical school day begins at 8:00 and ends at 3:00, features seven class hours of 50 minutes, and 7 thirty minute lunch breaks. Block scheduling is offered on Thursday and Friday. The Olathe South participates in two 21st Century Programs; these two programs are only offered at Olathe South.

Professional Careers Academy

The Professional Careers Academy (PCA) goals are to teach students leadership skills and ethics and prepare students for life after high school.[7] The PCA also brings in guest speakers in a program called the "PCA Lecture Series". This has brought in such speakers as ethics professor Marianne Jennings, local judge Janice Russell, ex-district attorney Paul Morrison, and many more.[8] PCA assists students in finding internships in their prospective field for their senior year of high school as well as teach career-building skills, such as writing resumes.[9]


The Computer and Software Engineering (CaSE) program provides students with the computer programming skills they need for their future endeavors in the computer market. These students are also called the "Data Rangers".[9]

Extracurricular activities


The Falcons compete in the Sunflower League and are classified as a 6A school, the largest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Throughout its history, Olathe South has won fifteen state championships in various sports. Many graduates have gone on to participate in Division I, Division II, and Division III athletics.

State championships

State Championships[10]
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Soccer, Boys 2 1994, 2008
Volleyball 1 2005
Winter Gymnastics, Girls 2 1992, 1994
Boys Basketball 2 1997, 2004
Basketball, Girls 1 2010
Spring Golf, Boys 1 2007
Baseball 2 1986, 1994
Softball 2 1990, 1996
Soccer, Girls 2 2003, 2006
Total 15


Ecology Club (Eco-Club) is sponsored by science teacher Tim Oberhelman. Eco-Club is derived from the Student Naturalist class, which raises awareness about things students can do to protect the environment. As well as improving the greening up of the campus.[citation needed]

Instrumental music

The Olathe South Falcon Regiment marching at Old Settler's Day.


The marching element of the band is called the Olathe South Falcon Regiment (pictured right). The band is led by Mr. Chad Coughlin. During concert season, OSHS has two bands, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. The Falcon Jazz Ensemble performed for the 2004 Kansas Music Educators Inservice Workshop. The Falcon Spirit Pep Band, a volunteer group, plays for basketball games, Spirit Riots (pep rallies) and other school events.[citation needed]


The orchestra, directed by Mr. Greg Ferguson, is made up of an Advanced orchestra, a Concert orchestra and a group for both sophomores and freshmen. They play a selection of classical, baroque, chamber, and contemporary music, including scores from popular movies. Every fall, the orchestra performs with all the other Olathe high school orchestras, giving them a chance to play with new people and stretch their performing skills. They have gone to clinics taught by notable people, including American composer Soon Hee Newbold and former Trans-Siberian Orchestra member Mark Wood (violinist). Every spring, they compete in the State Large-group Orchestra Competition.[citation needed]


The Eyrie

The Eyrie is a student-written publication that publishes 12 issues a year. The Eyrie staff of 2010/2011 is advised by Vicki Kohl and features co-editors Trevor James and Emily Cook; Sports editors Tess Hart and Janessa Beck; Entertainment editor Colin Karr; Opinion editor Joey Leoni; Feature editor Kristen Oyer; Business manager Chelsea Butler, as well as many reporters. The Eyrie annually competes in the Kansas Scholastic Press Association (KSPA) journalism competition, hosted at the University of Kansas. Some members of The Eyrie are also part of Quill and Scroll, a journalism honor society. The paper is named after the nest of the falcon, an "eyrie." Along with creating videos and podcasts, The Eyrie also publishes online versions of the paper.[citation needed]


The Talon is the name of the annual yearbook. OSHS yearbook is actually given out at the start of every year at enrollment, so that activities and athletics past the spring page deadlines could be included.[citation needed]


The Olathe South Theatre Department presents five mainstage plays a year. Olathe South, troupe #5006, is a member of the International Thespian Society. Olathe South participates in Kansas City Starlight Blue Star Awards. The Performing Arts Department has received 42 nominations for Starlight Blue Star Awards,including two for Outstanding Overall Performance,and has won nine Blue Star Awards. In June 2010, Olathe South was selected to perform "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at the International Thespian Festival. South will be performing "Dead" as a Chapter Select performance at the 2011 International Thespian Festival. In 2010 and 2011, Olathe South had a finalist in the English Speaking Union's National Shakespeare Competition. South Theatre students have won five Johnson County Shooting Star Scholarships and five Kansas Thespian Scholarships.


Students Achieving Social Harmony (S.A.S.H.) is an activity where students are given semester issues dealing with anything from socioeconomics to religion. The club has done charitable work such as decorating Children's Mercy Kansas City as well as hosting a Toys for Tots fundraiser.[citation needed]


The Student Council (STuCO) is a four-person elected body: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, as well as 4 sets of 4 class officers of the same names. There is also an elected body representing all four grades called the General Assembly, or GA. This organization is sponsored by Jennifer Fales.[citation needed]

Notable alumni

See also


External links

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