Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 | 12:15 a.m.
Las Vegas Sun sports reporters spend extra time this week discussing impending matchups between Green Valley and Coronado and Centennial and Arbor View. They also look back on the Henderson Bowl and Bishop Gorman's thrilling victory. ***Note: We apologize for the audio-level issues and are looking into correcting the malfunction for next week. In the meantime, please turn up your volume in order to hear Keefer.***
Sunrise Mountain High accomplished a first in what coach Ky Edwards hopes turns into a string of them.
The Miners (1-2) notched the first road victory in program history Thursday at Western High (0-3) with a 25-6 victory. And the score could have been every more lopsided had Sunrise Mountain not had six touchdowns — four rushing and two interception returns — called back on penalties. Overcoming that, though, showed Edwards a lot about his team.
“What I loved is our kids battled through adversity,” he said. “Our kids have a tendency to get mad at things out of our control. We kept our heads in it and we battled. It showed maturity that we’ve been working on for the last few years.”
Now that the Miners have ticked off their first road victory, Edwards would like to build on it next week at home against Eldorado High.
“We want to start the first winning streak in school history,” he said. “We’re trying to create a lot of firsts.”
A fresh coat of paint and a fresh perspective are among the changes being made around Western High School.
Western is one of five turnaround schools that missed the marks set by No Child Left Behind and now faces the challenge of increasing student achievement.
The school is the third oldest in the district and its campus lies near Decatur Boulevard and Veterans Memorial Highway. The majority of students attending Western are minorities from disadvantaged homes. Western is known for having a rough past, but students are optimistic about the future of their school.
Change is apparent according to students interviewed in September.
“When I was in eighth grade, I was told I was going to get shot or stabbed when I came to Western,” said senior Kole Yanez, 17. “That might have been true 15 years ago, but now, you don’t see that here.”
Rules are tightly enforced on campus. The school keeps a strict dress code policy and cell phone use during class time is not permitted.
Halls are designated by grade level giving students a sense of ownership and community. Pride is clearly visible at pep rallies and sporting events. The newfound pride might just be he medicine needed to alleviate the 8 percent dropout rate, the highest in the district.
“It’s like building a house. You need a strong foundation,” said Neddy Alvarez, principal. “You need those strong relationships. When kids know we care about them, the learning will take place.”
- Year built:
- Principal (Year Hired):
- Neddy Alvarez (2008)
- Mission Statement:
- “The mission of Western High School is to promote scholarship, encourage good citizenship, and embrace our cultural diversity.”
- Approximately 2,400
- Notable alumni:
- Frank Hawkins, former NFL player
Capt. Nicole Malachowski, first female Thunderbird
Ronnie Vannucci, drummer of The Killers
Tom Collins, Clark County commissioner
- School Report Card:
Compiled by Gregan Wingert