Slideshow of Henderson County & City Schools
Henderson County Senior High
Total Enrollment - 2186
Rank Nationally - 1174 out of 19379
Rank in Kentucky - 2 out of 284
Henderson County Senior High School
Students by Grade:
9th - 587
10th - 618
11th - 548
12th - 433
Henderson County Senior High School
Students by Gender:
Male - 1074 (49%)
Female - 1112 (51%)
Henderson County Senior High School
Students by Ethnicity:
American Indian - 0 (0%)
Black - 222 (10%)
- 16 (1%)
Henderson County Senior High School
Student to Teacher Statistics:
Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 20
Student/Teacher Rank in KY: 250 of 284
Full Time Teachers: 109.5
Rank in Kentucky: 4 of 284
Henderson County Senior High School
Students by Lunch Assistance:
Free Lunch Eligible -
Reduced-Price Lunch Eligible - 109 (5%)
Combined Free or Reduced - 659 (30%)
Rank in Kentucky:
18 of 284
The Problems with School Consolidations
My grievances with school consolidations. http://www.courierpress.com/news/2007/nov/18/education/
This editorial is not meant to be derogatory
against Henderson County High School. Rather this is all about school consolidations as a whole.
One of the most intriguing parts of the Kentucky High School
Basketball sweet 16 was being able to see a team like Carr Creek (50 enrollment), Brewer, Inez, Corbin, Hazard, or a
team from Cuba, KY (120 enrollment) go to this great tournament and complete against larger high schools, and win the tournament.
All the teams listed above are former Kentucky High School state basketball champions.
Teams from Louisville, Lexington,
Owensboro, Paducah, Bowling Green, that had enrollments from 1,000 students to 3,000 students, would usually win the state
tournament year in and year out. But there were the special years of 1956 when Carr Creek won it all & 1959 when Cuba
was crowned state champions or the last undefeated 1948 basketball team of Brewer High School in Marshall County. When you
had a school like Wayland High School in 1956 that has a player the caliber of a Kelly Coleman. Coleman, who
set many tournament records in the 1956 Kentucky state tournament that will more than likely stand forever.
Those days are a thing of the past, victims
of changes, victims caused by economic woes in poorer & smaller counties, which were tragically replaced with one large
consolidated school for the entire county.
Gone forever are the rivalries between
2 or 3 smaller schools in neighboring towns. Most of these small schools have been razed or turned into a building with another
use. Or it’s just a run-down old building sitting, gathering cobwebs and making a home for the local owls, field
mice, homeless people and drug users.
Secondly you have to take in
the accounting factor that a county has to calculate in with the cost of school buses. You have the initial cost of the bus
itself, the cost of maintaining the buses, the cost of fuel, which has recently peaked at over $5 a gallon. in some parts
of the country. Now you are looking at a budget that most school districts will be wondering how they can stretch these dollars.
Thirdly, we have to look at
what that school district will have to cut out of their budget, so they can make ends meet. Will they cut out band, choir,
physical education, some sports teams, or will they have to cut the teachers staff? It should be quite Obvious that something
(s) have to be eliminated. So now the dilemma is worsening.
Fourthly, you have larger schools
with financial woes that no one expected 40 years ago when a county closed all the small schools, and built a nice new modern
elementary school. A new ultra modern middle school, and a gigantic mega high school out in the middle of a former corn field.
The original Barret Manual Training High
School & Henderson City High School are both long gone now. Barret was demolished in 1958, and a new Junior High
School building was built in it's place, and City High became a victim of local greed, and was consolidated with Henderson
County High School in 1976, and was turned a Junior High School . The old Barret Junior High School became a place for
the elderly to congregate.
This is basically what has happened
throughout the entire state of Kentucky with most counties becoming a one high school county. This has taken away the chance
for many players to compete at a varsity level of play, when you have less schools, less teams and now you have larger schools
with larger classrooms, and fewer teachers. In a county that once had 20+ high schools, such as Henderon County once had,
now you have one for the entire county that grown to over 40,000 people!
Today Henderon County has but one large
Consolidated high school, Henderson County High School. And even with the one of the largest high schools in the entire state
of Kentucky including the Louisville & Lexington schools, they cannot win a state football or basketball championship
or even compete scholastically.
In all fairness to Henderson County
High School they have captured some of the past glory in certain athletic events, notably track & field.
A former Henderson teacher informed
me recently that a lot of more of the well-to-do students are attending Evansville Memorial High School which hurts the academic
standing at Henderon County Senior High. Then Henderson should do something to help keep the "gifted" students home.
There has to be a logical reason
as to why this happens.
According to the statistics that
are available, the Mega Sized Henderson County High School of 2,148 students ranks 151st from amongst 238 high schools scholastically
in the state. Maybe they should double the size to over 4,000, and move (or fall) all the way to the bottom of the ladder.
Even tiny Webster County High School, has
a better scholastically rated school system than Henderson County High Senior High School does. And Providence still has its
own high school, independent of Webster County.
Henderson, Kentucky is located on
the Ohio River in Western KY, across the river from Evansville, IN. U. S. Highway 41 & U. S. Highway 60 both cross through
Norway, Iowa, with a population of 585, is a
prime example of what school consolidation can do to a small town and it's surrounding smaller communities. Norway High School,
with an enrollment of about 100 students, won an unbelievable 19 state baseball championships through their final season
in 1991. When they consolidated into the Benton County school system, which made the census larger at the newer consolidated
county school. The larger Benton County High School has failed to even qualify for a state tournament, let alone
win an Iowa state baseball championship.
Only remaining High School in Henderson
county is the Henderson County Senior High School, enrollment 2,186, exceeded only by Lexington Dunbar with 2,209.
The total number of High Schools that once were in almost
every small town in In 1917 the Commonwealth of Kentucky peaked at 972 high schools. By the mid 50's that number had dwindled
to 630. That number is now at 135 (school year 2009). Take into consideration that Kentucky has 120 counties, and you
barely average over one high school per county. These figures do not include any high schools that were not a member of the
KHSAA (1917-present). This would also not include private or Church high schools, girls high schools, or any Military high
schools. There were also many high schools that went to the wayside prior to 1916. I
foresee more school consolidations as a way of the future. Some of the smaller counties in Kentucky will be consolidated with
a neighboring county, thusly ending even more high schools, elementary schools and Junior high schools.
The defunct 14
Henderson County high schools
Henderson High School, 1874-1909
Barret Manual Training High School, 1910-1955
(Building was originally built in 1865, a gymnasium was added
Corydon High School, 1927-1954
Dixie High School, 1928-1935
Hebardsville High School, 1928-1954
Henderson City High School, 1956-1976
Henderson County High School, 1954-1976
Henderson Douglass High School, 1956-1965
Holy Name High School, 1938-1965
Niagra High School, 1928-1954
Robards High School, 1928-1939
Smith Mills High School, 1928-1936
Spottsville High School, 1928-1954
Weaverton High School, 1928-1954
Defunct Henderson Junior High Schools
Central Junior High School-Dates
Unknown (1910-1955) ??
£££Barret Junior High
Henderson Public Elementary Schools
Alves Street Elementary School, Dates Unknown
Audubon Elementary School, Dates Unknown
Center Street Elementary & Secondary School, 1870-1910
Central Elementary School & Junior High School: Dates
£Jefferson Elementary School, Original
building closed in 1963.
Elementary School, Dates Unknown
Holy Name Elementary School, 1935-
£Only Jefferson St. Elementary School remains open out of the original 5
Public Elementary Schools located in the City limits of Henderson, KY. Jefferson was rebuilt
at a different location in 1963, at 315 Jackson St, in Henderson on the corner of South Green St. and Jackson St. The original Jefferson Elementary
School was located on the corner of Jefferson St.& Elm St.
Elementary School, located on the old Rotary baseball Field, was completed in 1960 and is still in use as a grammar
££7th St. Elementary School was rebuilt on the same block in 1960.
The original building was on the coners of 7th St. & N. Green St. 7th St. Elementary School was demolished in 2010.
Junior High School, located at Adams St. between Powell & Washington ST's. from 1956 to 1959 was the original Barret Manual
Training High School building. The original Barret building was demolished in 1960 and replaced with a new building in 1961.
The 7th & 8th graders that would normally have been at Barret Junior High attended Henderson City High for the 1960 and
1961 school years. The new Barret building closed in 1977, and was converted into a senior citizens center. Barret
Manual Training High School building also housed the 7th & 8th grades in the early to mid fifties.
History & final closure on the
7th Street School
Seventh Street Elementary School didn’t start out
as Seventh Street school.
There has been a school on the site for more than 115 years, but originally it was called “First
District School,” according to the 1897 edition of the Sanborn fire insurance map, the earliest edition that depicts
Past historical accounts, such as Maralea Arnett’s “Annals and Scandals,” have said the original
school was built in 1893, but that appears unlikely because the city school board didn’t buy the property at Seventh
Green streets from Elizabeth Fulwiler until Sept. 28, 1893. However, the architectural work had apparently been done
prior to that, according to city records. The school board would have been hard-pressed to complete construction of a substantial
brick building in three months, especially heading into winter. The insurance map shows the original school had two stories
and a basement and a belfry that stood 50 feet tall.
Those early maps also show the school had interesting neighbors —
saloons were on two of the opposite corners when the school was built, and by 1908 there were saloons on all three other corners
of the intersection. That
prompted the Henderson Ministerial Association to campaign for their closure in April 1908.
The move was unsuccessful, but sparked quite a bit of heat in the Henderson City Council.
By 1909 the school had taken
on the name Seventh Street, according to an old postcard of that date, and by 1923 it had steam heat, according to the insurance
map of that date.
The school was originally just for white children; the younger grades weren’t integrated until
1957 — when 32 black children enrolled — and the following year the seventh grade was integrated.
By that point
the school had been enlarged. In 1954 a modern annex was added, which included kitchen facilities, but they weren’t
used until the fall of 1958, when the Parent-Teacher Association raised $500 to inaugurate a hot lunch program. Local merchants
helped by providing discounts on food. About 200 children participated in the hot lunch program, which cost children 25 cents
That 1954 annex was recycled when the current building was erected in the mid-1970s. The city school board approved
preliminary plans for new buildings at Seventh Street and Central elementaries on Nov. 13, 1972, but the projects came in
$400,000 over the architect’s estimate when they were bid, according to the Aug. 25, 1973, edition of The Gleaner.
Sept. 10 of that year the school board negotiated with the low bidder, George Ryan Co. of Evansville, and got it to shave
$36,511 off the $1.89 million price tag for both schools. The price included remodeling 10,000 square feet of the existing
1954 building, and erecting 27,500 square feet of
new building at Seventh Street, although the new portion was built closer
to Sixth Street than the original school.
Both Seventh Street and Central schools were completed in February of 1975. Four
years later a feature article about cafeteria workers there noted Seventh Street served about 250 lunches daily.
when the school board began considering closing Seventh Street school, the facility housed 314 students — the least
of any elementary school in the county. And that was expected to drop to 257 after sixth-graders were moved to the middle
Closure of the elementary school created a bitter controversy. A special meeting was called for the first vote
to close the school, which meant most people didn’t learn of the impending closure until the day the vote was scheduled.
Nevertheless, about 70 persons attended on March 6, 2002, and they cheered when the board voted 3-to-2 against closure.
But the issue came up again mere weeks later. On May 20 the board voted 4-to-1 — for the second time — to close
the school at the end of the 2002 school year. At the same meeting Superintendent John Vaughan announced he would resign at
the end of June, saying he had become a “lightning rod” on the school closure issue.
Vaughan rescinded that
resignation in mid-June, however, and the school board kept him on after giving him a superior rating.
At the end of 2002
the school district leased the building to Murray State University so it could house local classes there.
occupied the building from January 2003 through August 2008. The school district considered moving its Central Office to the
building after the university vacated, but has reconsidered and now plans to demolish the building and erect an early childhood
center on the site.
The public is invited to a farewell reception at the school at 7 p.m. Monday, an event that will serve
as a good-bye to the old school and a hello to the site’s new use. More details about that event are in an accompanying
Say farewell to school Monday. Local residents will have a chance to say farewell Monday to the old Seventh Street
School before it is torn down and a new early childhood center is constructed on that very same campus.
A reception will
be held at 7 p.m. to give people a chance to reminisce and view the Seventh Street facility one final time while also previewing
a model classroom for the new, state-of-the-art early childhood center.
Refreshments will be served, and children will
be able to take part in activities such as face painting, storytelling, hat-making, music and more.
The event will take
place at 328 Seventh St.
For more information, contact Superintendent Thomas Richey, Marganna Stanley or Shelia Redmon
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