Enid High School
|Enid High School|
|600 W. Wabash
Enid, Oklahoma 73701
|Number of students||1700|
|Color(s)||Blue and white|
Enid High School (EHS) is a public tertiary school in Enid, Oklahoma, USA, operated by the Enid Public Schools school district. With a student body of about 1,800 in grades 9-12, Enid High School has a matriculation rate of about 65 percent. Some graduates continue their education at University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, or other establishments in Oklahoma. In recent years some have gone to West Point, Princeton University, Trinity University (Texas) and Yale University.
EHS began as a tent school shortly after the land run in 1893, operating out of various locations throughout Enid including an opera house and a Baptist church. Between 1906 and 1912, classes took place in the "old" Lincoln school, now long-demolished, at 600 North Independence. By February 1912, the high school's current building was constructed. It was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1911, and holds the distinction of being the second high school in Oklahoma to be accredited by the organization. Enid High operated as a segregated school district from 1896 to 1959 with black children attending Booker T. Washington, Douglass and George Washington Carver Schools.
In 1943, a fire broke out, damaging the building. From 1943 to 1948, classes were held at Emerson and Longfellow Junior High Schools, displacing the seventh graders, who remained at their respective elementary schools. The school finished restoration in 1948, added a gym in 1950, an auditorium in 1953, a music building in 1991, and a large food court in 2005 to accommodate a new closed campus policy. During these times several new class rooms were also added. The building did not have air conditioning until a bond was passed in 1997.
Athletics and clubs
Enid High School has several sports programs including baseball, boys' and girls' basketball, American football, soccer, wrestling, tennis, swimming, softball, volleyball, academic team and bowling.
The basketball, wrestling and volleyball programs were played in the historic Mark Price Arena until March 23, 2008, when the athletic director, Bill Mayberry, made the decision to move the home games and events to the athletic village on the Northern Oklahoma College campus, due to the deteriorating condition of the arena. The Plainsmen American football and soccer programs play in one of the oldest stadiums in the state, D. Bruce Selby Stadium.
- The Plainsmen American football team has won six state championships (in 1919, 1942, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1983) and was runner-up in 2006.
- Enid High School is known for its "Big Blue Band", which has placed in the finals for the Oklahoma Bandmaster's Competition every year from 1981 to 2009.
- Enid High School's Political Science/Constitution Team has won state competitions and made it to national competitions in 18 out of 19 years.
- Vida Chenoweth 1947 – classical marimba player, linguist
- Owen K. Garriott 1948 – astronaut
- Harold Hamm – billionaire oil and gas developer
- Ray Hayward, 1979 – baseball player, selected by San Diego Padres in first round (10th overall) of the 1983 amateur entry draft
- Don Haskins 1948 – college and Olympic basketball coach
- Michael Hedges 1972 – Grammy-winning musician
- Daniel Holtzclaw 2005 – Oklahoma City police officer, convicted in 2015 of multiple counts of rape and sexual assault
- Todd Lamb 1990 – Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
- John Holt – played American football for Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1981–1985) and Indianapolis Colts (1985–1989)
- Thad Luckinbill 1994 – actor
- Marquis James 1909 – Pulitzer Prize–winning author
- Harry Jones – played American football for Philadelphia Eagles (1967–1971)
- Jerry Keeling – played American football Calgary Stampeders (1961–1974), Ottawa Rough Riders (1975), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1976)
- Ken Mendenhall 1966 – played American football for Baltimore Colts (1971–1981)
- Leona Mitchell 1966 – opera singer
- Homer Paine – played American football for Chicago Hornets (1949)
- Brent Price – retired NBA basketball player, South Carolina and Oklahoma point guard
- Mark Price – retired NBA and Georgia Tech point guard
- Stacy Prammanasudh – professional golfer, LPGA
- Jim Riley 1965 – American football player, defensive end for the Oklahoma Sooners and Miami Dolphins (1967–1972)
- Jim Sheets 1949 – Arkansas politician; Kiwanis International figure
- Stan West – American football player; 1950–1954 Los Angeles Rams, 1955 New York Giants, 1956–1957 Chicago Cardinals
- Garfield County Oklahoma 1907-1982 Volume 2, Garfield County Historical Society, pg 1032-1034
- Garfield County Oklahoma 1907-1982 Volume 2, Garfield County Historical Society, pg 1027
- "Ray Hayward Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
- Ruthenberg, Dave (March 23, 2013). "Ex-EHS gridiron standout goes from pursuing running backs to pursuing felons". Enid News and Eagle. Retrieved December 11, 2015.