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|Moline High School|
3600 Avenue of the Cities
|Teaching staff||106.65 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||19.52|
|Rival||United Township High School, Rock Island High School|
|Website||Moline High School|
Moline High School is a public four-year high school located in Moline, Illinois, a city in Rock Island County, in the Midwest area of the United States. The school is the only public high school in the city of Moline, and is part of Moline/Coal Valley School District #40.
After the founding of the Moline Board of Education, Moline High School took the form of a two-room schoolhouse. It was replaced with Central/Washington school, which housed grades 1-13, after its building completion in 1873. This, of course, was notably larger.
Still getting progressively more spacious, a building nicknamed "the Castle" by passing travelers on the Mississippi became the new Moline High School in 1894. Its moniker referred to the architectural style which took a departure from the basic rectangular designs. It became "Central Grammar", an eighth-grade school, when the new 1914 building was built nearby. Central then was used as an annex for the high school on the same land, and as that became less necessary, Moline Community College occupied rooms. The basement was used as a recreational center as the building was losing its purpose.
Finally, the most recent facility was built on the Avenue of the Cities. In close proximity to the former middle school, Calvin Coolidge, and the Roosevelt elementary school, the 1958 building is the most developed. It was built at a cost of about $4 million, which equates to nearly $30 million in today's money. One of the more striking designs featuring outer walls made nearly completely from glass, it introduced protruding wings which provided for fairly spacious classrooms and subject specialization. The large property allowed the architects to spread out the design, with one hallway stretching over 800 feet long. Despite its three-floor-section and countless classrooms, in 1968, a new J-wing and West gym were constructed to compensate for the over-population. It currently contains about 2,400 students from the combined Moline and Coal Valley areas as well as many teachers from the main Quad Cities area.
Moline High School has various musical ensembles including Freshman Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Choir, A Capella Choir, Freshman Chorus, Treble Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Chamber Orchestra.
Bartlett Performing Arts Center
In May 2017, it was announced that a $7 million grant from the Robert E. Bartlett Family Foundation would be given to the high school to fund a new performing arts center. It was also revealed that the school district would pitch in $3 million more raised from local sales tax. In March 2019, the Bartlett Performing Arts Center opened to the public.
Softball has been an official sport in Illinois since 1976, and Moline has won the state title six times (in 1987, 1988, 1994, 1996, 2006, 2011)—putting them in second place in the number of state softball titles, behind leader Casey Westfield which has seven titles. Moline is one of five schools that has won titles in back-to-back seasons. In the 2005–06 season, Moline won more games than any other school in the history of the state of Illinois without posting a loss, compiling a (40–0–1) record, and winning the girls' AA state title.
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- Acie Earl: professional basketball player, Boston Celtics
- Mickey Erickson: professional football player, Chicago Cardinals and Boston Braves
- Brad Hopkins: professional football player, Tennessee Titans
- Jim Jamieson: professional golfer
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- Dayton Moore: Kansas City Royals General Manager
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- Tom Railsback: U.S. Congressman from 1967–83
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- Donald K. Sundquist: former governor of Tennessee
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