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The school was opened in 1963 and has had over 15,000 graduates. Since 1966, the school has been accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Southside was ranked 625th in Newsweeks The Top 1300 High Schools in the U.S. in 2008.
The building originally consisted of 44 classrooms in total and was continually expanded beginning in 1968:
The first graduating class was the Class of 1966 with 24 graduates. In the Class of 2004 there were 417 graduates. The Class of 1978 was the largest graduating class with 503 graduates. Southside had its 10,000th graduate in the Class of 1991 and its 15,000th graduate in the Class of 2003.
Southside was recognized as a "School of Excellence" by the U.S. Department of Education three times.
National Science Bowl Regional Winner 2007-2008 The school flies three flags for "Excellence in Education" presented by previous Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton at ceremonies held in Washington, D.C.
Advanced Placement Courses Offered: English Language English Literature Calculus AB Calculus BC Spanish Language US Govt./Politics American History World History German Language Chemistry European History Physics French Language Biology Psychology Latin (Vergil) Music Theory Statistics
It is the mission of Southside High School to provide an educational program that enables our students to learn, achieve, succeed and become proficient in reading, writing and math.
Southside High School is dedicated to providing quality and equitable educational opportunities for all students that will help them in realizing their academic potential, become productive citizens, and prepare for their futures.
Their mascot is the Rebels, more specifically Johnny Reb, a Confederate soldier. A wooden statue (carved in the 1970s by group of students) of the mascot stands in the main hallway to this day. The mascot has generated controversy due to its iconic association with the historical confederation in apparel. Talks of replacing it with a mustang have circulated, but as of 2010 this has not yet happened and Principal Wayne Haver has stated he plans to keep the mascot as long as he is principal.
The Rebels have won seven state championships in Arkansas' highest classification; all since 1983. Four of those titles came under longtime Southside head coach Barry Lunney Sr., who left the school after the 2004 season for conference rival Bentonville. Jeff Williams has since taken over the program and led the Rebels to their last title in his second year in 2006. In 2008 and in 2009, Southside made a surprising run to the championship game, but fell short to Lunney's Tigers 32-20 and the Har-Ber Wildcats.
Southside State Titles 1983, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2006
Rebel Bowling 2010 State Champions
2010 5A-6A-7A State Indoor Track Runner-Ups
2010 7A Boys State Track Champions
2010 7A State Quiz Bowl Champions
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