Hurricane Sandy School Closings

As Hurricane Sandy barrels towards the East Coast, affected States are taking emergency measures to ensure the safety of residents. A disaster of this magnitude has the potential to cause significant damage, and as a result, school districts in each State are affected. The following information is a list of state by state school closures.


School closures are widespread in Connecticut, with all Districts being closed on Monday and Tuesday. There are a total of 521 closures:


Delaware schools are closed on Monday and Tuesday. If your school is not on the following list, you are advised to contact them directly.


As of Monday morning, there are various school closures and activity/evening class cancellations throughout Massachusetts.


School districts in Maryland are closed today; while many are also closed tomorrow, certain districts have yet to update their information. If your school is not listed, contact them directly.

North Carolina

Information on North Carolina school closures is limited at present. The following link will be updated throughout the day. It is advisable to contact your school district directly.

New Hampshire

All schools are closed on Monday, whether it’s the entire day or the afternoon. Information for Tuesday will be updated.

New Jersey

New Jersey is expected to take the brunt of Hurricane Sandy’s force, and all schools are closed today, with many reporting that they will also be closed on Tuesday.

New York

The New York school districts will be closed on Monday, further updates regarding Tuesday to follow.

Rhode Island

While some schools are open today, the majority will be closed tomorrow, and evening activities have been cancelled.


School closures are widespread tomorrow, with certain districts also closed today.


Vermont schools are closed today. This list will be updated as necessary.

West Virginia

Many of the West Virginia schools have chosen to remain open today. The situation may change; this list will be updates regularly.

This is a very fluid situation due to the nature and severity of Hurricane Sandy, so this information could change at any moment. It is advisable to regularly check with your local school district for any updates. School make-up days will be announced State by State when this destructive weather event is finally over.

Top 100 Largest High Schools in America

As school is starting back lots of new high school students are walking the halls of their new high school for the first time, and probably feeling a little overwhelmed by how much bigger high school is than middle school, and how many students there are. It is a big transition to be sure, but odds are, your high school is probably of average size, or at least has fewer students than the Top 100 Largest High Schools in America.

While the average high school size is around 1100-1200 students, to make this list you have to have well over 3000 students at your school to make the cut! Now that’s a lot of book bags, drivers permits, and sneaked-in cellphones!

In this list we break down the Top 100 Largest High Schools in America, as measured by the number of students that attend. Many of these schools are bigger than a lot of colleges!

Is your school on the list? If so, show your school spirit and post a comment, Like this page on Facebook, or throw a shout-out on Twitter with a link! Or, you can click your schools link and throw a shout out in the comment section there.

So, without further ado, starting with #100 and working down – I give you the Top 100 Largest High Schools in America:

#100 Ben Davis High School – Indianapolis, IN – 3413 Students. 100th largest high school in America.
#99 West Aurora High School – Aurora, IL – 3416 Students. 99th largest high school in America.
#98 Brookwood High School – Snellville, GA – 3420 Students. 98th largest high school in America.
#97 Arlington High School – Lagrangeville, NY – 3421 Students. 97th largest high school in America.
#96 Youth Connections Charter High School – Chicago, IL – 3428 Students. 96th largest high school in America.
#95 Santa Ana High School – Santa Ana, CA – 3435 Students. 95th largest high school in America.
#94 J Sterling Morton West High School Sch – Berwyn, IL – 3436 Students. 94th largest high school in America.
#93 South Dade Senior High School – Homestead, FL – 3439 Students. 93rd largest high school in America.
#92 Hazleton Area High School – Hazleton, PA – 3442 Students. 92nd largest high school in America.
#91 Clear Lake High School – Houston, TX – 3446 Students. 91st largest high school in America.
#90 Colonial High School – Orlando, FL – 3449 Students. 90th largest high school in America.
#89 William J. (Pete) Knight High School – Palmdale, CA – 3450 Students. 89th largest high school in America.
#88 Dobie High School – Houston, TX – 3452 Students. 88th largest high school in America.
#87 Rancho Verde High School – Moreno Valley, CA – 3453 Students. 87th largest high school in America.
#86 New Rochelle High School – New Rochelle, NY – 3454 Students. 86th largest high school in America.
#85 Carson Senior High School – Carson, CA – 3460 Students. 85th largest high school in America.
#84 Mill Creek High School – Hoschton, GA – 3469 Students. 84th largest high school in America.
#83 Klein Forest High School – Houston, TX – 3474 Students. 83rd largest high school in America.
#82 John Adams High School – Ozone Park, NY – 3478 Students. 82nd largest high school in America.
#81 John Marshall Senior High School – Los Angeles, CA – 3479 Students. 81st largest high school in America.
#80 Collins Hill High School – Suwanee, GA – 3482 Students. 80th largest high school in America.
#79 United High School – Laredo, TX – 3490 Students. 79th largest high school in America.
#78 Montebello High School – Montebello, CA – 3491 Students. 78th largest high school in America.
#77 Manual Arts Senior High School – Los Angeles, CA – 3499 Students. 77th largest high school in America.
#76 Cherry Creek High School – Greenwood Village, CO – 3501 Students. 76th largest high school in America.
#75 El Camino Real Senior High School – Woodland Hills, CA – 3513 Students. 75th largest high school in America.
#74 Spring High School – Spring, TX – 3520 Students. 74th largest high school in America.
#73 G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School – Miami, FL – 3526 Students. 73rd largest high school in America.
#72 Cabrillo (Juan Rodriguez) High School – Long Beach, CA – 3532 Students. 72nd largest high school in America.
#71 Schurr High School – Montebello, CA – 3548 Students. 71st largest high school in America.
#70 Bolingbrook High School – Bolingbrook, IL – 3561 Students. 70th largest high school in America.
#69 Bell Gardens High School – Bell Gardens, CA – 3570 Students. 69th largest high school in America.
#68 Bayside High School – Bayside, NY – 3576 Students. 68th largest high school in America.
#67 Mayfair High School – Lakewood, CA – 3579 Students. 67th largest high school in America.
#66 Arcadia High School – Arcadia, CA – 3610 Students. 66th largest high school in America.
#65 Warren Central High School – Indianapolis, IN – 3620 Students. 65th largest high school in America.
#64 Sylmar Senior High School – Sylmar, CA – 3625 Students. 64th largest high school in America.
#63 Curie Metropolitan High School – Chicago, IL – 3636 Students. 63rd largest high school in America.
#62 Independence High School – San Jose, CA – 3644 Students. 62nd largest high school in America.
#61 Chaffey High School – Ontario, CA – 3645 Students. 61st largest high school in America.
#60 Carl Sandburg High School – Orland Park, IL – 3663 Students. 60th largest high school in America.
#59 Warren High School – Downey, CA – 3666 Students. 59th largest high school in America.
#58 Dr. Phillips High School – Orlando, FL – 3667 Students. 58th largest high school in America.
#57 Allen High School – Allen, TX – 3695 Students. 57th largest high school in America.
#56 Upland High School – Upland, CA – 3709 Students. 56th largest high school in America.
#55 Klein Oak High School – Spring, TX – 3721 Students. 55th largest high school in America.
#54 Brentwood High School – Brentwood, NY – 3751 Students. 54th largest high school in America.
#53 J Sterling Morton East High School Sch – Cicero, IL – 3751 Students. 53rd largest high school in America.
#52 Silverado High School – Victorville, CA – 3753 Students. 52nd largest high school in America.
#51 Upper Darby High School – Drexel Hill, PA – 3762 Students. 51st largest high school in America.
#50 Deer Park High School – Deer Park, TX – 3772 Students. 50th largest high school in America.
#49 Noble Street Charter High School – Chicago, IL – 3784 Students. 49th largest high school in America.
#48 Lake Braddock Secondary – Burke, VA – 3789 Students. 48th largest high school in America.
#47 The Woodlands High School – The Woodlands, TX – 3795 Students. 47th largest high school in America.
#46 Central High School East Campus – Fresno, CA – 3795 Students. 46th largest high school in America.
#45 Lyons Township High School – La Grange, IL – 3812 Students. 45th largest high school in America.
#44 Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School – Los Angeles, CA – 3819 Students. 44th largest high school in America.
#43 Duncanville High School – Duncanville, TX – 3844 Students. 43rd largest high school in America.
#42 Lockport Township High School East – Lockport, IL – 3848 Students. 42nd largest high school in America.
#41 Fontana High School – Fontana, CA – 3849 Students. 41st largest high school in America.
#40 Forest Hills High School – Forest Hills, NY – 3860 Students. 40th largest high school in America.
#39 Grover Cleveland High School – Reseda, CA – 3861 Students. 39th largest high school in America.
#38 Cypress Bay High School – Weston, FL – 3980 Students. 38th largest high school in America.
#37 Downey High School – Downey, CA – 4016 Students. 37th largest high school in America.
#36 Brockton High School – Brockton, MA – 4029 Students. 36th largest high school in America.
#35 Jordan High School – Long Beach, CA – 4056 Students. 35th largest high school in America.
#34 Robinson Secondary – Fairfax, VA – 4067 Students. 34th largest high school in America.
#33 Granada Hills Charter High School – Granada Hills, CA – 4143 Students. 33rd largest high school in America.
#32 James Logan High School – Union City, CA – 4150 Students. 32nd largest high school in America.
#31 Elsik High School – Houston, TX – 4166 Students. 31st largest high school in America.
#30 Huntington Park Senior High School – Huntington Park, CA – 4185 Students. 30th largest high school in America.
#29 John A. Ferguson Senior High School – Miami, FL – 4186 Students. 29th largest high school in America.
#28 Lane Technical High School – Chicago, IL – 4192 Students. 28th largest high school in America.
#27 Lakewood High School – Lakewood, CA – 4218 Students. 27th largest high school in America.
#26 Hastings High School – Houston, TX – 4233 Students. 26th largest high school in America.
#25 Waukegan High School – Waukegan, IL – 4263 Students. 25th largest high school in America.
#24 James A. Garfield Senior High School – Los Angeles, CA – 4271 Students. 24th largest high school in America.
#23 Franklin D Roosevelt High School – Brooklyn, NY – 4283 Students. 23rd largest high school in America.
#22 Millikan Senior High School – Long Beach, CA – 4291 Students. 22nd largest high school in America.
#21 Warren Township High School – Gurnee, IL – 4300 Students. 21st largest high school in America.
#20 Bell Senior High School – Bell, CA – 4301 Students. 20th largest high school in America.
#19 Wilson High School – Long Beach, CA – 4346 Students. 19th largest high school in America.
#18 Adlai E Stevenson High School – Lincolnshire, IL – 4349 Students. 18th largest high school in America.
#17 Carmel High School – Carmel, IN – 4389 Students. 17th largest high school in America.
#16 Neuqua Valley High School – Naperville, IL – 4397 Students. 16th largest high school in America.
#15 North Shore Senior High School – Houston, TX – 4469 Students. 15th largest high school in America.
#14 John C. Fremont Senior High School – Los Angeles, CA – 4470 Students. 14th largest high school in America.
#13 Dewitt Clinton High School – Bronx, NY – 4643 Students. 13th largest high school in America.
#12 Skyline High School – Dallas, TX – 4697 Students. 12th largest high school in America.
#11 Paramount High School – Paramount, CA – 4758 Students. 11th largest high school in America.
#10 Herbert H Lehman High School – Bronx, NY – 4853 Students. 10th largest high school in America.
#9 Reading High School – Reading, PA – 4868 Students. 9th largest high school in America.
#8 Polytechnic High School – Long Beach, CA – 4899 Students. 8th largest high school in America.
#7 Midwood High School – Brooklyn, NY – 5620 Students. 7th largest high school in America.
#6 Benjamin N Cardozo High School – Bayside, NY – 5775 Students. 6th largest high school in America.
#5 Francis Lewis High School – Fresh Meadows, NY – 7400 Students. 5th largest high school in America.
#4 Edward R Murrow High School – Brooklyn, NY – 7609 Students. 4th largest high school in America.
#3 Tottenville High School – Staten Island, NY – 7770 Students. 3rd largest high school in America.
#2 Fort Hamilton High School – Brooklyn, NY – 7805 Students. 2nd largest high school in America.

And, drum roll, please……..

With a grand total of 8076 students,

#1 Brooklyn Technical High School – Brooklyn, NY – 8076 Students. Largest high school in America.

With a total of 8076 students, Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, NY is the undisputed heavyweight champ – largest high school in America! I bet their prom is off the chain!

There you have it folks – those are some huge high schools, right?

Remember, throw your school some love, and post this list up on Facebook, Twitter, or post a comment below.

Data Source: NCES

Freedom High School Bomb Plot Thwarted

A Florida teen is in custody after being arrested on suspicion of planning to blow up his school.

Jared Cano Arrested

Jared Cano, 17, who had been expelled from Freedom High School in Tampa, and according to police investigations had collected a mass of pipe bomb making equipment, including fusing and timing devices, shrapnel, plastic tubing and a fuel source. His journal allegedly contained an entry professing the desire to cause more casualties than those killed and injured in the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado. It also allegedly contained detailed drawings of the school, and a minute by minute manifesto detailing the attack, which was supposed to take place next Tuesday, starting at 5 a.m.

Police Tipped Off

Information about Cano’s alleged plot first surfaced on Tuesday, when the police received a tip that he threatened to plant a bomb at the school, targeting 30 students and two school officials, including the Principal. After his mother, who is a Math teacher at another local high school, allowed the police to search the family home, they found the bomb making material and journal. In addition, the police discovered a marijuana operation, complete with plants, grow lights and scales.

Speaking at a news conference, Tampa Chief of Police Jane Castor said: “We were probably able to thwart potentially a catastrophic event the likes of which Tampa has not seen, and hopefully never will.”

Multiple Charges

Jared Cano is facing multiple charges, including possession of bomb-making materials, marijuana cultivation, marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, and threatening to throw, project, place or discharge a destructive device. He has a prior juvenile record, including charges of burglary, carrying a concealed weapon, drug possession and altering the serial numbers on a firearm.

Court Appearance

At Wednesday’s court hearing, Cano sat with his face in his lap seemingly close to tears. When asked by the judge if his parents were coming, he replied: “I don’t know.” Neither parent attended the hearing.

When asked if he wanted to say anything, the teen replied: “I don’t know”, but when the judge said he could say anything without speaking about his charges, he began to speak: “The plan wasn’t…”

When the public defender tried to stop him from speaking, Cano retorted: “I can talk. I’m allowed to say what I want.” After whispering in her client’s ear, the public defender said: “He has no comment.”

Tipster A “Hero”

The tipster’s identity is being withheld, but that person was praised by Police Chief Castor as a “hero”. She said: “It’s someone who had information and they felt strongly enough to call the Tampa Police Department. Cano is believed to have been acting alone.

High School Attack at Columbine

On April 20th, 1999, Columbine seniors Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris went on a rampage at their High School, killing 12 students and one teacher. 24 more were injured.

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Wikipedia Entry on Columbine High School massacre

High School Geography Test Results Are In

“All across America every year, there are thousands of students that take Geography placement tests. You need to pass these tests to be able to move on to the next grade, or to even graduate from High School. Facts have shown that over the last couple of years the geography scores for high school seniors have not improved. It seems that High School Seniors are doing well in all other areas of the exams, but they just can’t seem to grasp the U.S. and World History section of the tests. The tests have declined from the 1994 scores, in a dramatic way. The geography test isn’t given every year like other parts of the test, the last time it was given was in 2001.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) gives the same test to both public high school students, and private school students. It is the same test for everybody, so it can’t be broke down by the amount of money that a parent can pay for their children to go to school. The scores are based on a 500 point system, and from 2001-2010 high school seniors had an average score of 284. The score has dropped down to 282, which makes the student average, in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, definition of what a passing grade is.

Why has there been a decline in the test scores? Is it because students just aren’t trying as hard, or has the educational requirements changed where the teaching is concerned? Students don’t learn the same way that they used too in the 1980s, as a lot of teachers are opting to allow students to use online media instead of a paper and pen. In a world where it seems that everything is available at the student’s fingertips as far as learning the material, are they choosing not to learn it, or is the problem a deeper issue? Should you blame your students teachers for their scores dropping?

The educational requirement has changed a bit, as it’s become a bit more challenging as it should as the students get older. Most people think the things on the Senior Geography Test the students should know, yet they may forget the information over time. Who should be blamed for it?”

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US News and World Report

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How the Minnesota Shutdown Effects High School Students

“Minnesota has shut down, in all forms of the government recently, because of the current economic crisis. What does this closure mean for you, the residents, of Minnesota? What does this mean for people that would like to visit Minnesota? How does this effect your children and their education? Sadly, the state shutdown does, in fact, effect your children, their schools and their teachers. The statewide shutdown started on July 1, so it may not effect your children or their schools at the moment, but if the state doesn’t “”re-open”” by time school starts back up it will. How exactly will it effect them though? Will this mean they wouldn’t have to go to school? Would they have different teachers?

Your children will not have new teachers according to WDAY6 News. If the recent college graduate did not have their teaching license paperwork turned in before July 1, they aren’t allowed to be hired, “”no job.”” This could be a good thing, since your children would know all their teachers, but a bad thing if there are new teachers out there that aren’t able to get a job because of the government shutdown.

Even though teachers aren’t state employees, both their salaries and other school expenses (books, food, pencils, classroom supplies) do relay on the Minnesota state government. The money for these things come from money that each school district receives by the state district they are located in. Mertesdorf is also president of the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials, which represents all school budget officers in the state. She says the concern centers around cash flow — if state money dries up, will she be able to meet payroll and keep paying bills?

Sadly, this isn’t the first shutdown Minnesota has had, they had one in 2005, and Mertesdorf and her peers are looking at the past shutdown on how to handle the current shutdown. Attorney General Lori Swanson, filed a petition on Monday to see if they could get the administration to continue paying the schools money. In 2005, the Attorney General at the time, tried this, and they allowed it.”

Dad’s Eye View

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High School Students Learn About College at Pre-College Summer Camp

High School Students Learn About College at Pre-College Summer Camp

High school students can get a taste of college life in certain states over the summer with pre college summer camps and summer camps. The students get to live on campus for a few weeks to a month, depending on the university or college where the summer camp is taking place. Each state or university has a high school student cutoff, meaning they can only accept so many students with the pre college summer program. In Colorado the limit is 100 students, and they have summer camp on a big college campus. There are a number of colleges and universities that participate in Pre-College summer courses, including Brown University, Columbia University and John Hopkins. Students get to experience college life in a whole, with a college student as their “buddy”. It’s a beneficial program if you would like to know how college feels or can’t decide if you’d like to go to college.

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Did High School Hypnosis Lead to Suicide?

“A popular North Port, Florida principal, George Kenney, is under investigation following the suicide of two students that he hypnotized. Kenney, who is a trained hypnotist, hypnotized one of the students to help him focus on a test. The next day he committed suicide. Kenney hypnotized the other student five months before her suicide. However, there is no indication that either of the suicides are related to Kenney’s hypnosis.

Did High School Hypnosis Lead to Suicide

Kenney is well known at his school for using hypnosis to help students prepare for tests and to improve athletic performance. He is member of the National Guild of Hypnotists and the National Board of Hypnosis Education and Certification. Kenney is also the author of four books about using hypnosis to defeat test anxiety and to master sports skills.

Kenney is currently working the Sarasota County School District offices, not at his high school. School Board officials are waiting to see if the North Port police decide to prosecute Kenney before deciding what disciplinary action to take. However, according to a report in Sarasota’s Herald Tribune, prosecution under the state law regulating hypnosis is unlikely.”

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Sarasota Herald Tribune Article on Kenney

High School Summer Programs

“There are many summer school programs available to students who want to further their education during their vacation months. Outside of the mandatory programs for students who fail to complete their academic work, summer school programs offer a wide variety of learning and experience to those students who have the desire to expand their horizons. Many programs are widely available while others must be competed for. Choosing the right program depends on a students interests and skills and summer programs are an opportunity to cultivate and hone a wide variety of talents or interests.

High School Summer Programs
Many colleges offer programs during the summer months in activities such as soccer, basketball, and football in the form of sports camps. Usually coordinated with local schools and lasting two to four weeks students spend all day on a college campus, playing on the fields and courts and may also have the opportunity to be play and interact with college players. There are also academic programs in the arts and sciences, which allow high school students to attend actual college classes and earn credits toward their college careers. Some of these programs may require a letter of recommendation from a teacher or proof of grades so students should inquire at the college to find out exactly what is needed for admission into the program.

For students with Ivy league aspirations, summer schools such as Harvard’s Secondary School Program and Penn Summer Program may be the perfect fit. While getting into an Ivy League summer program will not guarantee admission to the college it is an excellent addition to your college applications and you may be eligible to take a semester of classes that will transfer to the given institution if you do get accepted in the future. These programs tend to be expensive but competitive scholarships are available.

Another option are high school volunteer programs. Some schools give students the opportunity to go outside of their comfort zone and volunteer in retirement communities, soup kitchens, or libraries for extra credit. These activities give students real life experience and also look great on college applications.

Regardless of what program students decide to attend it is best to carefully evaluate what it is hoped to gain from the program, how much time can be dedicated to it, and how much the cost will be. Once the parameters have been set, decide carefully and apply early.”

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Transitioning to High School

“Transitioning into high school can create a lot of stress for students. There are so many physical and emotional changes children are experiencing during this time in their lives that making the move to a new school may seem overwhelming at times.

Transitioning to High School

As parents, the most important thing that we can do is to be available for our children without being obtrusive, judgmental, or overbearing. Their need for privacy may seem at times secretive, but oftentimes it is just their way of dealing with and processing all the new things that have been thrown their way.

Most children enter high school around the age of 14. There is a tremendous difference in the physical characteristics and emotional development in a child of that age compared to their high school peers who may be 18. Recognizing those difference can help better prepare children for all the things that they may be subjected to in high school.

Children entering high school will not only be introduced to new and unfamiliar academic material, but to a lot of things such as drugs, alcohol, and sex. Although a lot of children have been told of such things, they will become much more prevalent in a setting, such as high school, where children may be either talking about or actually participating in these behaviors. Preparing your child beforehand about what they will experience is important. Peer pressure is an extremely powerful thing, so having a good, solid foundation concerning these issues is vital.

A change in peer groups can also have an impact on children during these years. It is important for parents to become familiar with who their child is hanging around with, both in and out of school. Allowing your child to invite new friends over for a fun outing or activity is the perfect opportunity for parents to meet and observe their child’s new peers without necessarily being right in the center of what they are doing.

It is not necessary to suddenly change from being your child’s parent to their friend in order to find out what is going on in their world. It is imperative to let your child know that you are always available to listen to their questions, concerns, or complaints. Children still need their parents during this age, but very few will ever admit to that fact. Being available without being intrusive will ensure that parents know what is going on without being overbearing.

Eventually our children will reach adulthood, and having a solid foundation will empower them with the confidence, self assurance, and knowledge on which they can build upon. Instilling in our children the knowledge about everything they may experience during this time and how to deal with it will give a child more confidence needed to deal with events as they arise. Letting children know that you are always available reassures them that no matter what happens, parents do understand and they do care, and no matter what problem life throws their way, parents will always be their to help them to find the best solutions and answers.”

Moving From Middle To High School

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High School Hall of Fame

“Twelve inductees were enshrined into the National High School Hall of Fame on July 2, the Sentinel in Carlisle, Pennsylvania reported Saturday. Along with Billy Owens, a basketball standout at Carlisle High School, inductees included players, coaches and officials from across the country noted for their contribution to high school athletics. This year’s ceremonies were held by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) at the the Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

High School Hall of Fame

Owens played basketball for Carlisle High School in the late 1980s and helped lead the team to four straight state championships. He averaged 34 point a game his senior year and was one of the most sought after recruits in the country. He played forward and guard for Syracuse University and was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 1991. He spent 10 season in the NBA, with six different teams, averaging 15 points a season his first three years with the Golden State Warriors.

Other inductees include Dan Washburn, a coach, teacher and administrator in Alabama. He coached the Prattville High football team to four state championship appearances, compiling a record of 114-50-12 with the school. Washburn also spent 16 years as the executive director of Alabama High School Athletic Association, before retiring in 2007.

Emry Dilday, a Missouri high school football official for more than 43 years, was also honored. He officiated more than 50 Missouri state tournaments, including nine state championships, and was considered the top referee in the state.

Others entering the 2011 class include Rick Tucci, a Florida wrestling official; Leta Andrews, a high school girls basketball coach in Texas; and Larry Shaw, a West Virginia high school wrestling coach for 31 years.

The Nation High School Hall of Fame was started in 1982 by the NFHS, and this year’s ceremonies closed out the 92nd annual NFHS Summer Meeting. Including this year’s class, the number of Hall of Fame members is 386.”

Billy Owens Wikipedia Entry

Former Valley, Lanett coach Washburn inducted to NFHS Hall of Fame

National High School Hall of Fame Official Site

Prep Sports: Owosso’s late Brad Van Pelt inducted into 2011 National High School Hall of Fame High School Hall of Fame

Online High School

“One word describes today’s youth; ambitious. Do you have a child that excels at sports, acting, or fine arts? Are they on the jump start path towards a lucrative career? If you are anything like me, then you understand what I am saying. Yes school is important, and no rational parent would ever encourage their child to pick sports over education. When it is time to check out your child at school on a Thursday and only to have them return on Tuesday because of an event they need to attend, the administration is aware. Too many days away from the classroom is affecting their bottom line, as well as the students prosperity.

Online High School

Finally, a modern day solution. Tennessee has launched a program to insure students are making the grade with online high school courses. This is a pilot program geared to students that would miss several days of school per year. This is not a parent home-schooling their child, but teachers and students connected via the internet. They have set requirements; 2.5 GPA, and students must sign an ethics agreement. This certainly isn’t for student, but this can make all the goals for education and passions a reality. |”