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.

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”.

History

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.

Academics

Bio-Med

The Bio-Med Program is a four year program that offers core science curriculum as well as Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences elective courses. Students in the program are able to receive health industry certifications in areas such as EMT, EKG tech, Phlebotomy tech, CNA, CMA, and HHA.

AVID

The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program has been at North High for over a decade, helping students gain college and career readiness skills. In 2017 North High earned National Demonstration/Site of Distinction status. 

Extracurricular activities

Athletics

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.

Notable alumni

  • Class of 2014: Nico Hernández, 2016 Olympic boxing bronze medalist, men’s light flyweight division
  • Class of 2004: Elbert Mack, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback
  • Class of 1995: Tara Snyder, former Junior US Open tennis champion
  • Class of 1992: Craig Dingman, former Detroit Tigers pitcher
  • Class of 1991: Wendell Davis, former Dallas Cowboys cornerback
  • Class of 1989: Rolf Potts, travel writer and author
  • Class of 1988: Gaylon Nickerson, former professional basketball player
  • Class of 1987: Russ Campbell, former Pittsburgh Steelers tight end
  • Class of 1986: Barry Sanders, former Detroit Lions running back, 1988 Heisman Trophy winner, 2004 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
  • Class of 1986: Brad Holman, former Seattle Mariners pitcher and current Texas Rangers bullpen coach
  • Class of 1983: Brian Holman, former Seattle Mariners pitcher
  • Class of 1977: Lynette Woodard, 1984 Olympic basketball gold medalist, first female Globetrotter
  • Class of 1975: Carl Brewer, mayor of Wichita
  • Class of 1975: Martha Davis, author and scholar of human rights and women’s rights law
  • Class of 1970: Don Calhoun, former New England Patriots running back
  • Class of 1962: Riney Lochmann, former Dallas Chaparrals forward
  • Class of 1956: Curtis McClinton, former Kansas City Chiefs running back, scored first AFL touchdown in Super Bowl I
  • Class of 1956: Art Risser, naturalist and zoo scientist, former manager of the San Diego Zoo
  • Class of 1954: Judy Bell, first female President of US Golf Association
  • Class of 1953: Phil Ruffin, businessman and self-made billionaire
  • Class of 1952: John Dalley, violinist, Gaurneri Quartet between 1963-2009
  • Class of 1948: Vera Miles, actress who worked closely with Alfred Hitchcock; starred in movies like Psycho and The Wrong Man
  • Class of 1947: Kent Frizzell, former Kansas politician and U.S. assistant attorney-general
  • Class of 1946: Vern Miller, former lawman and attorney-general
  • Class of 1946: Ray Romero, former Philadelphia Eagles guard
  • Class of 1946: Barbara Sinatra, philanthropist, former model and showgirl, fourth and final wife of Frank Sinatra
  • Class of 1944: Vernon L. Smith, Nobel Memorial Prize winner in economics
  • Class of 1942: James Jabara, first American jet ace
  • Class of 1940: Richard Cowan, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor during World War II
  • Class of 1940: Les Layton, former New York Giants outfielder
  • Class of 1936: W. Eugene Smith, Life Magazine photojournalist
  • Class of 1935: Bob Thurman, former Kansas City Monarchs and Cincinnati Reds outfielder
  • Class of 1933: Don Enoch, former mayor of Wichita 1969-1970

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