Bentonville High School
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Bentonville High School (BHS) is a comprehensive public high school in Bentonville, Arkansas, United States. Founded in 1910, the school provides secondary education for more than 3,600 students in grades nine through twelve. It is one of nine public high schools in Benton County, and is one of two high schools of the Bentonville School District.
|Bentonville High School|
1801 SE J Street
|Motto||"Cognito pro vita" (Learning for life)|
|School district||Bentonville Public Schools|
|NCES District ID||0503060|
|NCES School ID||050306000073|
|Principal||Jack Lloyd (2015-present)|
|Faculty||214.26 (on FTE basis)|
Advanced Placement (AP)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
|Student to teacher ratio||16.31|
|Color(s)||Black, white, and gold|
|Athletics conference||7A West (2012–16)|
|Team name||Bentonville Tigers|
|USNWR ranking|| Silver Award|
The school recently[when?] switched from a traditional high school curriculum to an academy, or small learning community (SLC) curriculum. All ninth grade students begin in the Freshman Learning Community before transitioning into one of five interest-based SLCs.
In April 2007, Bentonville High School was approved as an International Baccalaureate World School. In the 2007-2008 school year, 16 juniors signed up for the program of in-depth studies, and that number has grown every year. BHS is one of two schools in Arkansas and one of 38 public high schools in the nation that received the National Blue Ribbon School award in 2007.
In 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012, Bentonville High School was ranked in the top 1000 best high schools in the nation according to Newsweek. Public schools are ranked according to a ratio called the Challenge Index.[clarification needed]
In the 2013 end of course exam results, BHS students had:
- 89% in Reading compared to a state average of 70%
- 91% in Algebra 1 compared to a state average of 77%
- 74% in Biology compared to a state average of 44%
- 93% in Geometry compared to a state average of 72%
In 2011, Bentonville School District and its high school were recognized in the AP District of the Year Awards program in the College Board's 1st Annual Honor Roll, which consisted of 388 U.S. public school districts (two in Arkansas). The school achieved increases in access to AP courses for a broader number of students and improved the rate at which AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP exam.
Bentonville is one of twenty high schools to be recognized with the 2012 College Readiness Award by the Arkansas ACT Council in recognition of improving the participation rate of students taking the ACT college readiness exam.
Bentonville High School's choral program totals 11 choirs, including the Chamber Choir, A Cappella (mixed choir) and A Cappella Women (known as Bella Voce). These are BHS's premiere choirs and membership is by audition only.
The Chamber Choir won the 2007 and 2012 "Best in Class" (Mixed & Overall - Medium Chorus) award and Sweepstakes Trophy at the All-State Choir Festival. The Chamber Choir traveled to New York City in March 2007 to sing at Carnegie Hall in the 4th annual National High School Choral Festival. This experience was chronicled in a two-part series on National Public Radio. The Chamber Choir has won international acclaim, touring Germany in 2010, Ireland in 2014, Scotland/England in 2017 and an upcoming tour of Europe in 2019, giving performances throughout these countries.
Other choirs at BHS include Sophomore Select, Concert Men, Concert Women, and four freshmen choirs.
The Bentonville High School band performed at the 2007 Fiesta Bowl parade in Arizona and performed in Disney World in the summer of 2005 and during spring break of 2009. They marched in the National Independence Parade in Washington, D.C. on the Fourth of July in 2009.
During the concert season, the band consists of four concert bands: the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band, and the award-winning Bentonville Pride Marching Band. The entire band program includes approximately 350 students. The Bentonville Pride Marching Band has received top rankings in invitational contests at the Owasso Invitational, Broken Arrow Invitational, Union High School's Renegade Review, and the Blue Springs Golden Regiment Invitational.
The band won overall at the Broken Arrow Invitational in 2015 and 2016; placed 6th, 11th, and 14th in the St. Louis Super Regional in 2015, 2017, and 2018 respectively; and ranked as a semi-finalist at Indianapolis Grand Nationals in 2015 with their show "Reality Invades" and in 2018 with their show "Modern Marie". The Pride is the first marching band in the state to place in finals at any Bands of America Super Regional, and to reach the semi-finals at Bands of America Grand Nationals, and remains the only band to do so. The concert bands have had a successful scoring record, ranking all 1s in All-Region in 2009 and 2010. The Pride was named 2016 5A State Marching Champions at the first ever Arkansas Marching State Championships.
The Bentonville High School Wind Symphony was selected as a featured ensemble at the Music For All National Concert Band Festival in 2019. The group performed at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 14th, 2019.
The Bentonville High School orchestra program comprises three orchestras, Concert, Symphonic, and Chamber. Symphonic and Chamber orchestras are under the direction of Jesse Collett. As an audition-only orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra has performed in several Heritage Music Festivals, winning the gold and sweepstakes awards consecutively since 2012 and many awards prior. As of 2014, the Bentonville Orchestra Program (encompassing grades 6-12) is one of the fastest growing orchestra programs in Arkansas. Both the Symphonic and Chamber orchestras consistently rank all 1s during the All-Region performance assessment.
The Bentonville High School mascot is the tiger, and black, white and gold are the school colors.
For 2012–14, the Bentonville Tigers competed in the 7A Classification — the state's largest classification — within the 7A/6A West Conference, as administered by the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA). The Tigers participate in all AAA-administered interscholastic sporting activities including football, volleyball, competitive cheer, cheer, competitive dance, dance, bowling (boys'/girls'), cross country (boys'/girls'), golf (boys'/girls'), basketball (boys'/girls'), soccer (boys'/girls'), baseball, softball, swimming & diving (boys'/girls'), tennis (boys'/girls'), track & field (boys'/girls'), and wrestling.
The Bentonville Tigers have consistently performed as one of the top teams in 7A football. They have won five state championships, in 2001, 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2014. The Tigers beat conference rival Fayetteville Bulldogs in December 2010. They played at the War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the final score was 49-28. This game wrapped up a perfect season for Bentonville. The Bentonville Tigers were also conference champions from 2010, marking an undefeated season for them in 2010. Bentonville also played for 7A state championships in 2011 and 2012, but lost both those games to Fayetteville, 29-28 in OT in 2011 and 31-20 in 2012. In the 2013 season, Bentonville took on Cabot for the class 7A State Championship game after defeating the Conway Wampus Cats in the semi-finals.
On September 20, 2013, Bentonville played Trinity High School (Euless, Texas) at home. Trinity edged Bentonville 21-13. The game was considered a test as to whether an elite Arkansas team from its largest classification (7A) can compete with an elite Texas team from its largest classification (5A).
The Lady Tigers have won five state championships, in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2014.
The Bentonville Tigers cross country teams have won state championship titles with the girls' team in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009; the boys' team won its first title in 1982, and have since won four consecutive state titles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Swimming and divingEdit
The Bentonville swimming and diving program is the most successful in Arkansas history, with 29 state championship titles. As of 2013[update], the boys have won a state-record 14 state championships including nine consecutive between 2005 and 2013; the girls have won a state-record 15 state championships since 1991.
The Bentonville golf team posted an undefeated 10-0 record for the 2011 season. This included a playoff victory against Springdale Har-Ber.
The Bentonville tennis squads have won state championship titles with the girls' team in 1993, 1994, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015, and 2016; the boys' team won state titles in 1997, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
In 1998, the Arkansas Activities Association began administering soccer. Since its inception, the Bentonville Tigers soccer squads have won seven state championship titles in the spring with the girls' team, in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. The boys' team has won state titles in 2005, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Bentonville boasts the 2014 Gatorade Arkansas Girls Player of the Year award winner, and the 2017 Gatorade Arkansas Boys Player of the Year award winner.
Bentonville has one of the state's most successful scholastic wrestling programs, which formed across the state in 2008–09. The Tigers became the first two-time state wrestling championship team, with titles in the 2008–09 and 2012–13 school years.
Baseball and softballEdit
In May 2016, the softball team won their first state title.
Track and fieldEdit
The Bentonville track and field teams have found success in recent years with 7A Classification state championships for the girls' teams in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015.
Traditions and historyEdit
The Jungle is Bentonville High School's student section. It consisted of approximately 300 students in the 2009-2010 season and 500 in the 2010-2011 season. The Jungle is known for being the loudest and largest student section in the 7A West, winning the "Best Student Section" title awarded by Sportstalk: The High School Show in 2010. The Jungle is run by a crew called the "Men In Black" who lead the crowd and carry the flags onto the field. The Jungle is present in most athletic events, with at least 40 members at all volleyball games.
The Running of the ColorsEdit
At the beginning of the 2006 football season, it was decided that the team would be led onto the field from the field house by three students bearing flags with the letters B, H, and S on them, while wearing clothes that were washed improperly so as to make the colors run. The tradition was continued beyond the graduation of its three first members.
The Bentonville-Rogers rivalryEdit
Bentonville's fiercest rival is with cross-county Rogers High School, whose mascot is known as the "Mountie". The Tigers traditionally play the Mounties as the first and last regular season soccer game, and the first and last conference basketball game. Bentonville High School won the 2007–08 game. Bentonville beat Rogers in the 2008–09 game at Rogers' brand-new stadium.
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- Malik Monk — freshman star who played for the Kentucky Wildcats of NCAA basketball; drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2017 NBA draft, 1st round, 11th pick overall
- Louise Thaden — aviation pioneer
- Jim Walton — CEO of Arvest; son of Walmart founder Sam Walton
- John T. Walton — son of Walmart founder Sam Walton
- Old High Middle School (Bentonville, Arkansas), the old high school building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
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