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Eagle River High School (ERHS) is a public high school in Eagle River in the U.S. state of Alaska. Opened in 2005, it is attended by approximately 1004 students living in Eagle River and on Fort Richardson. The current principal is Natalie Burnett.
Eagle River High is part of the Anchorage School District. The School Board allowed the school's colors and mascot to be selected by the students before the school opened, with the results being the Wolves in navy blue and silver. Its mission statement was created in 2006, a simple three-word statement of "Excellence, Community, Respect".
The groundbreaking ceremony was held in July 31, 2003 with construction on the school completed in August 2005. The main purpose of this school was to relieve the overfilled schools around the Anchorage School District. This school is strategically placed to take advantage of the fabulous views of the community of Eagle River and the mountainsides. ERHS was designed to begin with a total of 800 students, and the school is built for further growth, the gym, library and the cafeteria are designed to hold 1,600 students.
Eagle River High School is located on a 50-acre (200,000 m2) site on the south side of Eagle River off of Yosemite Drive. Over 7000 workers and contractors from USKH Inc. and Davis Construction and Engineers began assembly of the 182,000 sq/ft building on July 31, 2003 with the ground breaking ceremony. Construction of the building took about 2 years, ending in August, with the ribbon cutting ceremony on August 17th, 2005. With 46 instruction rooms, and 38-foot (12 m) ceilings in the commons area, the school fulfills the public need. The school currently enrolls approximately
840 students but it was built with room to grow as its gym and cafeteria are made to hold 600 students. The floor plan has the same basic design as the 1,600-student Dimond High School but is about half the size, using one wing of classrooms instead of two. This design allowed construction workers to improve the original design and plan ahead so as to maximize any future problems that might be encountered with the overall construction of the building.
The cost of the building was 54 million dollars, with 2% of that being paid for by the state of Alaska through the school debt reimbursement program. School bonds also paid for the high school. The school services students from the Eagle River area as well as Fort Richardson, and the Chugiak area. Most of the school's population came from Chugiak and Bartlett, which was highly advantageous, helping relieve both schools' overcrowding problem.
Eagle River High School (ERHS) offers a number of different classes. These vary from advanced placement to special needs courses. Some of the advanced placement classes that the school offers include Calculus, Biology, Literature, Language, and U.S. Government. The school's first school year, 2005-2006, showed favorable results from the SBA and HSGQE tests, placing Eagle River High School around 10% higher than the Anchorage School District in reading, writing and math (See page 6 of http://www.asdk12.org/depts/assess_eval/POP/0506/schools/EagleRiverHigh.pdf).
In order for students to graduate there are certain requirements each student must meet, they must have twenty-two and a half credits. Each student needs four credits of English and Social Studies, two and half credits of math, three credits of science, a one and a half -credits of gym and seven and a half credits of electives. Along with the gym requirements students have to complete one semester of lifetime personal fitness or have the option to test out of it.
Eagle River is part of Region IV, which competes with all of the other Anchorage-area schools. Eagle River participates in the class 4A sports venue which is the highest sports venue in the state. All primary Alaska School Activities Association-sanctioned sports are offered. These sports include, football, flag football, hockey, softball, girls soccer, boys soccer, basketball, bowling, tennis, cross country running, cross country skiing, track and field, wrestling, volleyball, cheer leading, swimming/dive, and gymnastics.
During the school's first season of softball, 2005-2006 ASAA, the girls' softball team won the Alaska state championship. The Graduating Classes of 2006 and 2007 had several notable athletes that went on to full ride scholarships, along with other cohorts of the same classes from other schools.
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