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Edina High School is a three-year public high school located in Edina, Minnesotamarker, a first-tier suburb of Minneapolismarker. The school was founded in 1949 and has a current enrollment of approximately 2,000 students.

Edina High School is identified as a "Five Star School" by the Minnesota Department of Education and a "National School of Excellence" by the U. S. Department of Education. Newsweek ranked the school #89 in their "List of the 1200 Top High Schools in America", and the Grammy Foundation selected it as one of forty-two "Signature Schools" recognizing Edina's contributions to music education. Ninety-six percent of seniors go onto college and eighty-six percent finish in five years. A recent survey conducted 10 years after graduation showed that 45% of Edina graduates completed graduate school degrees or were pursuing graduate degrees.

Following a review of over 30,000 U.S. High Schools, Sports Illustrated ranked the Edina High School athletic program 8th in the U.S for 2005. (Sports Illustrated, May, 2005).

History teacher Lonni Skrentner was selected Minnesota History Teacher of the Year in 2004 by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. She is currently running for School Board against four incumbents in the fall of 2009. 72% of Edina High School teachers hold advanced, specialist, or doctoral degrees.

A second high school, Edina West High School, opened in 1973 adjacent to Valley View Junior High. At that time, what was known as Edina High School was renamed Edina East High School. However, due to declining enrollment Edina East was closed in 1981 and became the Edina Community Center while Edina West became Edina High School.

In November 2003, city of Edina residents passed an $85.8 million bond referendum to renovate all school facilities in the district, with the high school undergoing major renovations. Construction began on the high school in May 2004 and was completed in 2007.


Edina High School Main Entrance
Before a high school opened in Edina, students looking to extend their education past eighth grade had to find their way down to the old Central High School at 4th Avenue and South 11th Street in Minneapolismarker. By the 1940s some Edina students in grades 10 through 12 attended private high schools. Of those who could not afford to attend a private high school, some were enrolled at St. Louis Park High School while many others were being "farmed out" to West and Southwest High Schools in Minneapolis. In 1941, Minneapolis schools raised their tuition for out-of-city students, and despite the increase, Edina residents voted to pay the increased tuition rather than build their own high school.

During the mid-1940s, support for an Edina-Morningside junior and senior high school was increasing. However, World War II and the resulting shortage of building materials delayed construction of the Edina-Morningside Junior and Edina-Morningside Senior High School. But after the war, support for the new school began to resurface. Two sites for the new school had the most support. One was on the property that is currently occupied by the Edina Country Club near 50th Street and Wooddale Avenue and the other was at West 56th Street and Normandale Road. Although the 50th and Wooddale site was the center of the village's population at the time, the 56th and Normandale site was nearer to the school district's geographic center and was the eventual site chosen to build the new school.

The first high school to open in Edina, later known as Edina East, is now the site of the Edina Community Center and Normandale Elementary School. It was built as a combination high school/junior high. A $1.25 million school bond issue was passed in 1946 by the residents of Edina and ground was broken in October 1947. A year later the school was dedicated. It was not until the fall of 1949 that classes began and it was at that time that the student body chose the school colors (green and white) and the school mascot, the Hornet. The school had 28 classrooms, 11 special rooms and laboratories, a library and a special radio room. In 1952, one year after the first class graduated, a gymnasium and auditorium were added to the building.

In the 1960s, the high school was becoming overcrowded. As a result, on October 20, 1970, a $9.255 million bond issue was approved by voters to construct a new high school attached to Valley View Junior High School. Construction of the new high school began on May 24, 1971 and the school was opened in the fall of 1972. The Edina East High School retained the "Hornets" and Edina West High School became the "Cougars."

In 1981, due to declining enrollment, Edina East was closed and Edina West was renamed Edina High School. Part of the old high school building was converted to the Edina kindergarten center in 1987 and the Edina Senior Center. Today the building is used as a community center, housing the French Immersion K-5 elementary school, the school district's main offices and the school district's Welcome Center.


  • The school newspaper is Zephyrus, and is a member of the High School National Ad Network.
  • The school has a student-published literary magazine entitled Images.
  • The school yearbook is titled Windigo.
  • The school has a remarkable theater program.


In the May 16, 2005 issue of Sports Illustrated, Edina High School's athletic program was ranked #8 among all United States high schools.

Edina High School is a member of the Classic Lake Conference in the Minnesota State High School League. Edina claims 126 high school state championships, most of them earned in tennis, swimming, and boys hockey. In 2000, the school was recognized as the first school in the state of Minnesota to win more than 100 state championships. The boys' hockey team has won a state-record nine championships, eight under Willard Ikola alone. Six of the championships were won under Edina and three were won under Edina East when the district was split into two different schools, Edina East and Edina West. However, the Minnesota State High School League does not count Edina East and Edina as the same school. Edina holds the record for most consecutive state championships in girls tennis with fifteen from 1978 to 1992.

Key: E = Edina East, W = Edina West

State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Football 1 1969*, (1972), 1978W,
Gymnastics, Boys 3 1982, 1984, 1990
Tennis, Girls 28 1978E, 1979E, 1980E, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Swimming, Girls 10 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1999 , 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004
Soccer, Boys 3 1999, 2000, 2001
Soccer, Girls 1 1986
Winter Basketball, Boys 3 1966, 1967, 1968
Basketball, Girls 1 1988
Policy Debate 4 (Not Varsity) 1971, 1979W, 2002, 2005
Lincoln-Douglas Debate 2 (Not Varsity) 2002, 2003
Hockey, Boys 9 1969, 1971, 1974E, 1978E, 1979E, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1997
Gymnastics, Girls 4 1979W, 1980E, 1981W, 1985
FIRST Robotics 2 (Not Varsity) 2006, 2007
Swimming, Boys 8 1965, 1967, 1968, 1984, 1986, 1987, 2004, 2008, 2009
Cheerleading 1 2009
Skiing, Nordic Boys 2 1981W, 1988
Skiing, Alpine Boys 5 1979W, 1980W, 1982, 1999, 2002
Skiing, Alpine Girls 8 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009
Spring Baseball 2 1968, 1983
Golf, Boys 6 1954, 1970, 1973W, 1977W, 1978W, 1987
Tennis, Boys 22 1959, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973E, 1975E, 1978E, 1979E, 1980W, 1981E, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009
Track, Boys 3 1969, 1970, 1975E
Golf, Girls 7 1983, 1984, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997
Total 127

  1. - Denotes state record
  2. The 1999 state championship was a tie between Eden Prairie High School and Edina High School; this was the first tie at a state championship in Minnesota
  • 1969 Before playoffs existed, 1969 undefeated Edina Hornets were ranked #1 in the state. Team was mentioned in Sports Illustrated.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. Graduation Percents, Edina High School website
  2. $85.8 million bond referendum, Edina High School website
  3. Sullivan, Joe. (Spring 2003) "144-year-old Edina Public School System has a Proud Heritage". About Town. (Official Magazine of the City of Edina) PDF. p. 8-16
  4. Menez, Gene, Andrea Woo and Doug Huff. Best High School Athletic Programs. Sports Illustrated. May 16, 2005. [1]
  5. Girls Tennis Consecutive State Championship Victories, Minnesota State High School League website
  6. Paris Bennett reference
  7. Edina Education Fund, Alumni Hall of Fame
  8. Toronto Globe and Mail, April 29, 2003: It's the true Hockeytown USA and has the history to prove it
  9. Youth Frontiers | Youth Frontiers - Teaching Values. Building Character
  10. Minnesota Vikings, Vikings player profile of Adam Goldberg
  11. Legends of Hockey - NHL Player Search - Player - Gord Hampson
  12. The First Lady of Minnesota - Mary Pawlenty :: Biography
  13. New Header

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