Valley High School (Winchester, Nevada)

Coordinates: 36°08′17″N 115°07′16″W / 36.138°N 115.121°W / 36.138; -115.121
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Valley High School
2839 Burnham Avenue
Las Vegas, NV, 89169
Coordinates36°08′17″N 115°07′16″W / 36.138°N 115.121°W / 36.138; -115.121
School typePublic high school
MottoEnsuring a better world through academic excellence and global vision[citation needed]
School districtClark County School District
PrincipalKimberly Perry Carter
Staff121.00 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment2,867 (2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio23.69[1]
Colour(s)Red, white, and blue
Athletics conferenceSunrise 4A Region
Team nameVikings
WebsiteValley High School

Valley High School (VHS) is a public school located in Las Vegas, Nevada that also offers three widely recognized magnet programs: the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Middle Years Programme, the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT), and the MSTEM Program that was introduced in 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A, which is a part of the Clark County School District.


Valley High School opened in the fall of 1965. The campus was designed by Zick & Sharp, and built by Del E. Webb Corporation.[2]

On March 19, 1982 psychology and sociology teacher Clarence Piggott was shot to death and two students were wounded by 17-year-old student Patrick Lizotte. The shooter was later shot and wounded by police before his arrest.[3][4] Lizotte was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole, but was granted parole on March 6, 2017 after a Nevada law banning life without parole for juveniles reduced his sentence to 20 years to life.[5]

The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team held several practices in the gymnasium of Valley High School in June and July 2008 in preparation for the Beijing Olympics.[6]

Academy of Hospitality and Tourism[edit]

Valley High School is also home to the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) program, the oldest in the state.

International Baccalaureate Program[edit]

Since September 1, 1979, Valley High School has been an authorized Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP) International Baccalaureate school. Valley High School is #140 on the International Baccalaureate list of schools around the globe.

Unlike the rest of the school, the International Baccalaureate Program at Valley High School has its own student governing body, named the Valley High School International Baccalaureate Council (VHSIBC or IBC). Ever since the authorization of Valley High School International Baccalaureate, the Valley High School International Baccalaureate Council aims to represent the students of the DP and MYP programs at Valley High School and in the greater community, extend the IB curriculum beyond the classroom, encourage and promote the advancement of the International Baccalaureate, cultivate and sponsor social and cultural events at the school, and to foster a positive impact with the community and with the students of the IB programs.

The IB Council is the responsible governing agency for the welfare of all International Baccalaureate students at Valley High School. The council operates on public meetings hosted weekly at the school, and is dictated by parliamentary procedures, CCSD regulations, Nevada Revised Statutes, International Baccalaureate Organization mandated regulations, and the IBC Official Constitution. The IB Council 2015-2016 is the first ever council to organize its structure based on its constitution, its democratic elections, and its administrative structure.


Valley High School's athletic program is known as the Vikings and competes in the Northeast Division of the Sunrise 4A Region. Valley has historically had a prominent baseball program, producing Major Leaguers Mike Morgan, Matt DeWitt, Doug Mirabelli, Tyler Houston and Greg Maddux.

Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association State Championships[edit]

  • Baseball - 1970, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989
  • Basketball (Boys) - 1980-1983, 1998
  • Football - 1969, 1978
  • Track and Field (Boys) - 2009
  • Volleyball (Girls) - 1976, 1977
  • Tennis (Boys) 1976
  • Wrestling - 1973, 1974

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Valley High School is home to various clubs, organizations, and activities. The school's diverse community allows students to create clubs, different organizations, and various activities that both open engagement and opportunity to all students across campus.

Valley Key Club[edit]

Key Club International is the largest and oldest service program for high school students. It is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others.

The Valley Key Club was chartered in 1981. It is sponsored by the Las Vegas Kiwanis. Valley Key Club is part of Division 28 East Pandas and Region 5 Zombie Penguins.

Valley High School Band[edit]

The Valley High School Band, also known as the Vanguard, is the official marching band and pep band for the high school. In addition to these ensembles, the program offers students the opportunity to play in year round concert bands, jazz band, woodwind choir, brass choir, percussion ensemble, and winter guard.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Valley High School
  2. ^ "Webb Spinner 1965-1968" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Student A Suspect In Teacher Slaying". The New York Times. Las Vegas (Nev). AP. March 20, 1982. Retrieved June 1, 2022.
  4. ^ Shooting spree, Spokane Chronicle (March 22, 1982)
  5. ^ Garcia, John Treanor and Tony. "Student convicted in 1982 shooting death of Valley HS teacher granted parole". KSNV. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  6. ^ "USA Men's Basketball: Who's In Your Five?" (English). The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
  7. ^ Burbank, Jeff (2008). Las Vegas Babylon: The True Tales of Glitter, Glamour, and Greed. M. Evans. p. 201. ISBN 9781461663089.
  8. ^ Sun, Victoria (July 5, 2000). "Valley's DeWitt gets long-awaited 'Call'". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  9. ^ Digital, UNLV (June 22, 2016). "Southern Nevada's Jewish Heritage Project". UNLV. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  10. ^ Fink, Jerry (June 12, 2009). "Rock singer had window on showbiz in Vegas' prime". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved June 1, 2022.
  11. ^ "Braves trade LV's Tyler Houston to Cubs". Las Vegas Sun. June 27, 1996. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  12. ^ Rogers, Phil (July 27, 2014). "Maddux, Thomas worthy of Hall's inner circle". Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  13. ^ Guiremand, Steve (March 9, 1998). "Mirabelli hopes to catch on with San Francisco". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  14. ^ a b Klein, Gary (June 6, 1992). "Rodriguez Opens Eyes at Pepperdine : College World Series: Second baseman knows nothing about the school until recruited, then finds scenery to his liking". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  15. ^ Brewer, Ray (January 26, 2011). "Valley High grad realizes Super Bowl dream with Steelers". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  16. ^ Brewer, Ray (April 27, 2013). "He's a Colt: Valley High grad Kerwynn Williams picked in 7th round by Indianapolis". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved July 27, 2014.