Papillion-La Vista High School
402 E. Centennial Road
Papillion, NE 68046
Phone: (402) 898-0400
Papillion-La Vista High School's heritage dates back to September, 1876. Originally housed in a single brick building at the corner of Halleck & Adams Streets, Papillion's only school served students in all 12 grades. In 1893 the school moved to a new brick building at 420 S. Washington Street (the present site of the district offices.). Papillion continued to grow, and in February, 1957, Papillion High School opened in a new building across Washington Street (presently Papillion Jr. High) to students in grades 7 through 12. Papillion's steady growth continued. By the fall of 1971, the high school moved into its present location at 402 East Centennial Road, serving students in grades 9 through 12. In 1987, La Vista was officially added to the district and the high school's name was changed to Papillion-La Vista High School.
Through the years, the building has been expanded to include a pool, auditorium, tennis courts, second gymnasium, more classrooms and larger parking lots. In an effort to best meet the needs of our students, the current renovations enlarged the front entrance/offices, added classrooms; expanded the pool, industrial arts and the band areas, created a north entrance, updated the cafeteria, and added a Field Turf playing field.
Those of us here at the "Old School" are proud of our rich tradition of academic and athletic excellence that has grown through the last century. From the first recorded graduate, Bert Wilcox in 1888 to the 365 seniors in the Class of 2012, the Monarch tradition of excellence continues.
The mission of Papillion-La Vista High School is to provide an opportunity for all students to maximize their potential, by meeting their needs, in order to prepare them to be productive and responsible citizens.
- All students can learn when their unique needs are met.
- All students will be challenged to work at their full potential.
- All students have the right to an education in a safe learning environment.
- All students will have access to resources that will enhance their learning.
- All students will be supported cooperatively by the school, family, and community to prepare them for their roles as citizens, workers, and family members.
- All students will be exposed to the concept of learning as a life long process that allows them to be adaptable to change in a multicultural, global society.
Franklin Voorhes is the founder and director of As Green As It Gets. He is a 1991 PLHS graduate. While on a volunteer assignment in Guatemala several years ago, Franklin saw an opportunity to work with disadvantaged families who produce marketable products. So he piloted a small business development program with coffee farmer, Felix Poron. Franklin and Felix focused on product development, business management and marketing. It worked. Now, the coffee program is comprised of 47 farmers and As Green As It Gets has expanded to include jewelry, textiles and reforestation programs. See http://www.asgreenasitgets.org for more information.