Caldwell High School (Caldwell, Idaho)

Caldwell High School (Caldwell, Idaho)

Infobox school
name = Caldwell High School

motto =
established =
type = Public
students = 965
free_label = IHSAA Division
free_text = 5A
oversight =
mascot = Cougars
colors = Blue and Gold
city = Caldwell
state = Idaho
country = USA
yearbook =
newspaper =
website = [ Caldwell Cougars]

Caldwell High School is a high school in Caldwell, Idaho located 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 Caldwell alum, 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 Placement courses in English: Language & Composition, English: Literature & Composition, Chemistry, Biology, U.S. History, and Calculus AB.

Extracurricular Activities

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.

Music Groups

*Intermediate Orchestra
*Advanced Orchestra
*Chamber Orchestra (Chamber Players)
*Concert Choir
*Girls Concord Choral
*Chamber Choir (Madrigal Singers)
*Concert Band
*Marching Band
*Jazz Band


*National Honor Society
*Key Club
*YMCA Youth Government
*French Club
*Spanish Club
*Recycling Club
*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.

The football team 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 School in the semi-finals. Both Mark Weivoda and Cody Pickett are notable alumni from the school who have gone on to play college football. Weivoda to Idaho State University and Pickett to the University of Washington. The school is known for being rivals to Vallivue High School, and more recently Skyview High School in nearby Nampa.

ports Teams

*American Football
*Girls Volleyball
*Cross Country
*Track and Field

Recent Issues

The school has developed a notorious reputation for gang activity. 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 = | title = New Security Measures Taken At Caldwell High | publisher = KTVB News | date = October 03 2006 | accessdate = 2007-06-04]

Teenage 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 = | title = New Security Measures Taken At Caldwell High | publisher = KTVB News | date = October 03 2006 | accessdate = 2007-06-04]

Notable alumni

*Joe Albertson - Class of 1925


External links

* [ Caldwell High School Homepage]
* [ Caldwell School District Homepage]
* [ Caldwell High School Alumni Resource]

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