Las Vegas High School -- a brief history

The original Las Vegas High School campus, located at 315 S. 7th St. in downtown Las Vegas, was built Art Deco style and opened in 1930. It was the first high school built in the city and has been classified as a protected historic building. The location was controversial since it was so far out of town -- now it is considered downtown! LVHS was built on property owned by the Union Pacific Rail Road for use as a public school. Should the property ever be used for anything else, the property will revert to the Rail Road. (FYI: Many of the historic trophies and awards earned by our alumni are stored in a room on the third floor, awaiting final disposition: possible disposal ! !) In 1993, a new school campus was built on the foothills of Frenchman's Mountain at the East end of Sahara Avenue and, after much political debate, was designated to carry on the proud name and tradition of Las Vegas High School. After 63 years operation as a High School, the old downtown campus was renamed the Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts, and remains in operation as such today.

Las Vegas High School seniors had so much pride in the senior squares painted at the bottom of the school's steps that freshman who dared walk on them were told they'd have to clean the squares with a toothbrush. Today the once vibrant colors of the squares -- painted with the emblem of each graduating class from the Seventh Street and Bridger Avenue school -- are so faded they're barely legible. Members of several graduating classes have planned to renovate the 5 1/2-by-5/1/2-foot squares that represent seniors from 1946 to 1980.

A famous product of Las Vegas High was the Rythmetes, a dancing group that performed widely and was part of every school assembly.

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