Southeast Polk Community School District

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Southeast Polk Senior High
Location
7945 NE University Av.
Pleasant Hill, Iowa, USA
Information
TypePublic Secondary
Established1961
SuperintendentCraig W. Menozzi
PrincipalSteve Pettit
Grades9–12
EnrollmentApprox. 2000
CampusSuburban
Color(s)Black and Gold          
Athletics conferenceCentral Iowa Metro League
MascotRams
Website
 
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Coordinates: 41°36′N 93°26′W / 41.60°N 93.44°W / 41.60; -93.44

Southeast Polk Senior High
Location
7945 NE University Av.
Pleasant Hill, Iowa, USA
Information
TypePublic Secondary
Established1961
SuperintendentCraig W. Menozzi
PrincipalSteve Pettit
Grades9–12
EnrollmentApprox. 2000
CampusSuburban
Color(s)Black and Gold          
Athletics conferenceCentral Iowa Metro League
MascotRams
Website

Southeast Polk Community School District is a school district located in suburban suburban Des Moines and rural Polk County, Iowa. The high school and junior high are located in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. The district includes Runnells, Altoona, Mitchellville, parts of Pleasant Hill, Bondurant, Des Moines and surrounding rural areas. The district also stretches into small portions of Jasper and Marion Counties.

The district was formed by a consolidation of several districts (most notably Runnells, Altoona, and Mitchellville; several smaller districts also merged) in 1962. The district operates a high school, a junior high school, a sixth grade center, and eight elementary schools.

Famous alumni of Southeast Polk include Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton and Chris Pirillo.

District's mission[edit]

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The district's mission is "to be an innovative, educational organization committed to providing learning experiences of superior quality which enable ALL students to successfully meet challenges now and in the future."

Throughout the K-12 experience, students are guided to become:

Seniors are required to give a presentation to fellow students before they graduate to show they meet these 8 outcomes.

Board of education[edit]

The district is overseen by a seven-member Board of Education.

Current information[edit]

The superintendent of the school district is Craig Menozzi. The high school principal is Steve Pettit.

Southeast Polk's grade schools consist of eight elementary schools: Altoona, Centennial, Delaware, Four Mile, Mitchellville, Runnells, Willowbrook and Clay Elementary.

Southeast Polk's secondary schools consist of Spring Creek 6th Grade Center, Southeast Polk Junior High, and Southeast Polk High School.[1]

Southeast Polk is the 13th-largest school district in Iowa.

Mascot[edit]

The school mascot, the Rams, is an acronym for Runnells, Altoona, Mitchellville, and surrounding areas. Later, the district modified the "s" to represent the word " schools," but the original intent was for the mascot to represent the entire area covered by the school district. The school colors are black and gold. The district prides itself on its large amount of school spirit, including both "Ram Pride" and "The Southeast Polk Way."

High school activities[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Southeast Polk is a member of the Central Iowa Metro League. The league is divided into two conferences, the Metro Conference and the Central Iowa Conference (CIC), with the CIC being further subdvided into Northern, Eastern, and Western Divisions:

Football[edit]

Southeast Polk's most successful football season was 2006, when they finished as state runners-up after a 21-6 defeat to Cedar Rapids Xavier by a score of 21-6.

Winter sports[edit]

The boys basketball team finished 2nd in the state in 2010.

The girls basketball team was crowned state champions in 1977,[2] the school's first title, and again in 2013. The girls basketball team was also the state runner-up in 1987 and 1988.

The wrestling program won both the state dual and traditional meet titles in 2013, marking the school's first title by a boys program.

Spring/summer sports[edit]

Track, tennis, soccer, and girls' Golf are spring sports, with Baseball and Softball occurring in the summer.

Arts[edit]

Theatre[edit]

The Southeast Polk Senior High presents two full-length productions each year in November and March or April. Every other spring (odd-numbered years), a musical is performed.

Instrumental music[edit]

The Southeast Polk band program has three bands: Concert Band, Symphonic Band (marching band), and the Wind Ensemble. The symphnic band is unique in the fact it does not require its members to participate in marching band, although most choose to do so.

Vocal music[edit]

The vocal music program's most prestigious choir is Chamber Singers, a mixed voice choir. Entrance is only granted to the best singers at SE Polk through audition. Chorale is the highest all women choir and entry is by audition only. Concert Choir is open to anyone and Bass Clef Choir (which consists of freshmen men in choir) has been incorporated into Concert Choir. Treble Clef is an open all women's choir made primarily of freshmen.

Southeast Polk has two Show Choirs: RAMification and Vocal Gold. RAMification is the varsity mixed show choir and selection is done by audition. Vocal Gold is a show choir prep group is open to men and women by audition. Vocal Gold recently finished 2nd place at the Muscatine and Keokuk competition, where they also qualified for finals.

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