Kickapoo High School (Springfield, Missouri)

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Kickapoo High School
Kickapoo High School logo.gif
3710 S Jefferson Ave

United States
Coordinates37°08′48″N 93°17′25″W / 37.14654°N 93.29018°W / 37.14654; -93.29018Coordinates: 37°08′48″N 93°17′25″W / 37.14654°N 93.29018°W / 37.14654; -93.29018
TypeUS Public Secondary
MottoSpirit, Tradition, Excellence, Opportunity, Community, Performance
School districtSpringfield Public Schools
PrincipalKelly Allison
Enrollment1,782 (2016-17)[1]
Gold and Brown
RivalGlendale High School

Kickapoo High School is a public high school located in Springfield, Missouri, United States. Having officially opened in October 1971,[2] it is the one of five public high school within the Springfield Public School District. The school's name, "Kickapoo", is after its location in a portion of Springfield known as the "Kickapoo Prairie" and after the Native American Tribe. The school's mascot is the "Kickapoo Chief". In 2014, Kickapoo High had about 2,100 students and 100 teachers,[3] making it the largest of Springfield's five high schools. After adjustments were made to district lines, this number dropped to 1,800 in the 2015-16 school year.


Kickapoo 's characteristics include: Honors, Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement courses, an Orthopedically Handicapped Program, a Learning Resource and a Japanese language program. Kickapoo also participates in a program known as A+, in which students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and complete a certain number of service hours, most of which are completed through peer tutoring. Students who successfully complete the A+ program automatically get a free two-year scholarship to a two-year college in the state.


PN Media is a student-produced news organization on the campus of Kickapoo High School. The flagship paper, The Prairie News, has been published since the school opened in 1971.

In 2008 the program underwent a major revision when the paper was renamed 'PN Media'. In May 2009 KHS Prairie News was launched to provide Kickapoo students with a more up-todate news source.

In recent years,[when?] the Journalism Department switched its publication to a full color magazine dubbed the "KHQ" standing for "Kickapoo High Quarterly."

Kickapoo is also host of the ChiefTV Network. This is a student produced broadcast journalism group which produces video announcements on a daily basis.

School Schedule[edit]

Block System[edit]

The school schedule is a four block system: Each day, students have four classes around 95 minutes each in length. The semester is 18 weeks long.

Chief Time[edit]

The 2004/2005 school year saw the introduction of a program called 'Chief Time.' In the 2011/2012 School year, the Chief Time schedule was changed to include 35 minutes in each class throughout the week. Students may do different things during this block, depending on their grade and academic status.

Students with extreme academic issues can be assigned to a Chief Time class where they receive tutoring for the duration of Chief Time.

Camp Barnabas Fundraising[edit]

During the 2006/2007 school year, there were two fundraisers for an organization called Camp Barnabas.[4] Between the two, about $4,000 was raised. An unidentified corporate donor matched that amount for a total donation of around $8,000.

Stop the Bop[edit]

Kickapoo adopted the Stop The Bop[5] fundraiser from a Pennsylvania school. The Hanson song MMMBop was played between classes until the student body donated $2,000.

Spirit Shirts[edit]

Kickapoo's name has led to the making of a number of creative spirit shirts sold to the students. The most widely known of these being the famous "Fear the 'Poo" shirts in both brown and gold. The 2007/2008 shirt reads "Smoke the Totem Pole," which depicts Kickapoo at the top of a totem pole, followed by Hillcrest, Parkview, Central, and at the bottom, Glendale: Kickapoo's biggest rival. Some shirts feature a camouflage design with "Fear the Poo" on them. This represents going to battle against rival Glendale. Several shirts include puns, such as "Flushing the Competition Since 1972".

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "KICKAPOO HIGH". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "Kickapoo School History". Kickapoo High School. Springfield Public Schools. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ "SPS - Kickapoo High School". Springfield Public Schools. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  4. ^ 'Stop The Bop' To Raise Katrina $$ URL Accessed May 17, 2007.
  5. ^ Camp Barnabas Home Page URL Accessed May 17, 2007.

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