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Kirkwood High School is a secondary school in Kirkwood, Missourimarker. It is located at 801 W Essex Ave, Kirkwood, MO. The school is part of the Kirkwood R-7 School District. The current principal is Dr. David Holley.


Kirkwood High School has an academic institution has a history that dates back to 1865, when the Kirkwood School District was founded. A temporary building opened in the fall of 1866 and high school and elementary students attended school together. Jefferson Avenue School was the district's first formal school and was built in 1869. The Booker T. Washington School, which opened in 1869 on Adams near Geyer Rd was built for African-American students to attend. In 1888, the district built the Adams Avenue School next to the Jefferson School, which offered a two-year high school program for students completing elementary grades. In 1896, Kirkwood offered the first four-year high school program in St. Louis County; 10 students were members of the first graduating class in the spring of 1897. In 1922, a new, four-year high school was built on Kirkwood Road, where Nipher Middle School is currently located.

The current campus of Kirkwood High School was opened in 1955 on a campus and was designed with 7 buildings set on a college-like campus. Both Caucasian and African-American students were allowed to attend. New facilities from a 1993 tax/bond issue (Proposition I) included the Thomas N. Keating Performance Center, a fine arts complex that features an 821-seat theater, band, art and vocal music classrooms. The privately funded Walker Commons enclosed the theater lobby area connecting the Center to the main campus. Due to community support of Proposition I in April 2005, the new science building opened in August 2007. The science facility was designed to reflect current research and best practices in science education. The two-story structure measures and features 15 combined science classrooms/laboratories, five each for chemistry, biology and physics. Each classroom/laboratory averages about and is designed to facilitate the movement of students from discussion to hands-on activities. The district is also pleased to have the support of the Kirkwood School District Foundation, which volunteered to raise $1.6 million dollars in private funds to ensure students had immediate access to the science equipment and technology needed to mirror the recommendations in the National Science Foundation report to Congress. Also part of Prop I, construction of a new regulation-size gymnasium and renovation of the existing physical education facility began this summer. The new facility is scheduled for completion in 2008 and was completed in March of that year. Prop I also funded a variety of infrastructure improvements at KHS including installation of a new fire alarm and sprinkler system as well as a decentralized heating and cooling system. On May 30, 2009 the current Class of 2009 graduated with more than 400 students at Queeny Park. Next year, the Kirkwood High School Symphonic Orchestra will travel to New York to play at Carnegie Hallmarker.

Mission system

"The mission of the Kirkwood School District R-7, in a cooperative effort with parents and community, is to provide a world-class education to empower all learners to make wise choices throughout their lives and become assets to society." (Approved on February 3, 1993 by the Kirkwood R-7 School Board of Education)

School profile

  • Grades 9-12
  • Total enrollment: 1,884
  • First graduating class: 1897, 10 students
  • Senior class of 2009: 421
  • Senior class of 2010: 405
  • Student/teacher ratio: 18:1
  • Rate of attendance: 93.3%
  • Graduation rate: 93.5%
  • Average composite ACT score: 23.5
  • 2007 National Merit students: 5
  • 2007 National Merit Commended students: 10
  • 2007 National Achievement Commended student: 1


  • Average years of experience: 12.6 years
  • Teachers with advanced degrees: 87.9%

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