- Caldwell High School (Caldwell, Idaho)
name = Caldwell High School
type = Public
students = 965
free_label = IHSAA Division
free_text = 5A
mascot = Cougars
colors = Blue and Gold
city = Caldwell
website = [http://www.caldwellhigh.org/ Caldwell Cougars]
Caldwell High School is a
high schoolin Caldwell, Idaholocated on South Indiana Ave. near the corner of Ustick Road.
The current high school building opened for the school year of 1997. Previously, the high school was housed in what is currently Syringa Middle School. Caldwell High School was a three-year high school (Sophomore, Junior, and Senior classes) until a new addition to the school opened up in 2005, adding room for the freshman class to join the High School. Prior to that, the freshman were housed at Jefferson Junior High School.
The school also added a new football stadium for the beginning of the 2004 school year. The new complex was named the Warren "Moke" Strong Sports Complex in honor of long time teacher, principal, and track coach Warren "Moke" Strong. Warren's son, and
Caldwellalum, Matt Strong, was the head coach of Caldwell for the teams inaugural game at the Complex.
The current principal is Mike Farris, who succeeded Lonnie Barber. Barber moved on to become the Superintendent of the Caldwell School district. Two Vice Principals are Moss Strong and Don Glaze.
Caldwell High School offers
Advanced Placementcourses in English: Language & Composition, English: Literature & Composition, Chemistry, Biology, U.S. History, and Calculus AB.
Caldwell High School offers an extensive music program. The chamber orchestra, known as the 'Chamber Players,' compete in the Heritage Festival in San Francisco annually and have won the Best Orchestra, Gold Award, and Adjudicator's Award, several times. Both the Advanced and Intermediate Orchestras consistently receive superior ratings at the Idaho District III music festivals. The Madrigal Singers have also competed in the Heritage Festival.
The marching band travels to Reno, Nevada each year to compete in the marching festival hosted by McQueens High School. They also compete at Ontario High School in the "Battle of the Marching Machines." They annually compete in the District III Marching Competition. In 2005, they won First Prize in the division 4A category.
All music groups perform in the annual District III Music Festival.
*Chamber Orchestra (Chamber Players)
*Girls Concord Choral
*Chamber Choir (Madrigal Singers)
*National Honor Society
*YMCA Youth Government
*Mayor's Youth Advisory Council
*Caldwell Youth Leadership
Caldwell High School recently moved up to compete in the 5A sports division after the addition of the freshmen class.
footballteam in recent years has been struggling to make it to the state championship, coming close in the 2004 season before losing to Bishop Kelly High Schoolin the semi-finals. Both Mark Weivoda and Cody Pickettare notable alumni from the school who have gone on to play college football. Weivoda to Idaho State Universityand Pickett to the University of Washington. The school is known for being rivals to Vallivue High School, and more recently Skyview High Schoolin nearby Nampa.
*Track and Field
The school has developed a notorious reputation for
gangactivity. Notable gangs include the East Side Locos, the West Side Loma Locos, and The 14th Street Gang. A recent incident in which a non-student entered the high school with a loaded gun prompted administration to increase security. Students are now required to wear ID cards that are to be visible at all times, on punishment ranging from detention to extended suspension. There is also a new security desk in the front entrance that is intended to discourage non-students and non-faculty from gaining forced, unauthorized entry.cite web | url = http://www.ktvb.com/news/special1/stories/ktvbn-oct0306-caldwell_high_security.287ff41.html | title = New Security Measures Taken At Caldwell High | publisher = KTVB News | date = October 03 2006| accessdate = 2007-06-04]
pregnancy, theft, and vandalism are minor issues within the school as well. Many attribute this to the inclusion of freshmen in the student body, increasing the population of the school and decreasing its manageability. Prior to 2005, freshmen were at the top of the student body of what was formerly Jefferson Junior High School, and is now Jefferson Middle School. cite web | url = http://www.ktvb.com/news/special1/stories/ktvbn-oct0306-caldwell_high_security.287ff41.html | title = New Security Measures Taken At Caldwell High | publisher = KTVB News | date = October 03 2006| accessdate = 2007-06-04]
Joe Albertson- Class of 1925
* [http://www.caldwellhigh.org/index.htm Caldwell High School Homepage]
* [http://caldwellschools.org/index.php Caldwell School District Homepage]
* [http://caldwell.alumniclass.com/index.php Caldwell High School Alumni Resource]
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