Northside High School

Northside High School serves 1,391 students in grades 10-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is equal to the AR average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 74% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 36%.
Northside High School operates within the Fort Smith School District.
The school district's 72% graduation rate is lower than the AR state average of 76%.

Overview

The student population of 1391 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 110 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 10-12
Total Students 1,391 students
Northside High School Total Students (1987-2012)
Gender % 46% Male / 54%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 110 teachers
Northside High School Total Classroom Teachers (1987-2012)
Students by Grade Northside High School Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.76 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (AR) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 13:1 13:1
Northside High School Student : Teacher Ratio (1987-2012)
American Indian
3%
1%
Northside High School American Indian (1988-2012)
Asian
7%
1%
Northside High School Asian (1988-2012)
Hispanic
37%
10%
Northside High School Hispanic (1988-2012)
Black
17%
22%
Northside High School Black (1988-2012)
White
26%
64%
Northside High School White (1988-2012)
All Ethnic Groups Northside High School Sch Ethnicity Northside High School Sta Ethnicity
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.76 0.53
Northside High School Diversity Score (1988-2012)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
72%
52%
Northside High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1990-2012)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
8%
10%
Northside High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2012)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 14,146 students has grown by 3015% over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 0% has decreased from 95% over five years.
School District Name Fort Smith School District
Number of Schools
Managed
26
3
Number of Students Managed 14,146 923
Fort Smith   School District Number of Students Managed (1987-2012)
Graduation Rate 72% 76%
Fort Smith   School District Graduation Rate (1993-2009)
District Total Revenue $138 MM $9 MM
Fort Smith   School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $141 MM $10 MM
Fort Smith   School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $303,597 $9,870
Fort Smith   School District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $310,852 $10,243
Fort Smith   School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (latest year available) NCES, AR Dept. of Education

School Notes:

  • Northside High School (formerly known as Fort Smith High School) is one of the two public high schools in the city of Fort Smith, Arkansas (the other being Southside High School). Within the state, the school is commonly known as Fort Smith Northside.
  • History: On November 19, 1928, Fort Smith High School moved into a new building on 23rd and B Street in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The new building was dedicated on February 15, 1929, just before the mid-term class graduation could take place. With the new large building, many local organizations, as well as nationally known groups and individuals used the 1,060-seat auditorium for performances and other (1939-1940); Margaret Bourke-White, war correspondent, photographer, author (1943-44); Nancy Gean , FSHS graduate and fashion analyst for Butterick (1947-1948); Nelson Bennett, world famous model for painters and sculptors (1965-1966); and Shawntel Smith, Miss America (1995-1996).
  • In 1934, the Fort Smith High School yearbook, Sounder, changed its name to Bruin. During its class of 1937 hired Harry Alford of Chicago to write the Fort Smith High School Alma Mater, which has remained the same until today for now Northside High School.
  • In 1956, the school built an annex. The following year, enrollment for students was up to 1,738, which made Fort Smith High School the largest high school in the state of Arkansas. During the school year of 1960-1961, the Farnsworth Rose Garden was completed on the campus. Fort Smith High School was officially renamed Northside High School in the year 1961. Shortly thereafter, the Field House was opened and a marquee was installed in front of the campus in 1964. When Lincoln High School closed, Northside's enrollment continued to grow.
  • Improvements were made continually for the next several years. First, Grizzly Stadium was renamed Mayo-Thompson Stadium. The campus continued to grow with the addition of the Fine Arts building, learning lab, and elevator during the 1980-1981 school year. The Rogers Book Store was purchased toit. The girls basketball team has been one of the strongest teams in the state for several years, winning four straight titles between 1999-2002.
  • In 1992-1993, Northside High School was selected as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Today, Northside continues to strive for excellence.
  • Northside is proud of its students who won the 2002 and 2003 Arkansas Governor's Cup Quizbowl Association tournament championships including overall and AAAAA, the state's largest classification.
  • Athletics: The Fort Smith Northside Grizzlies have a strong tradition of athletic excellence, including: Alma Mater & Fight Song.
  • Mission statement: Northside High School accepts the challenge of being an important component contributing to the academic, vocational, and social success of our students. We dedicate ourselves to meet this challenge by recognizing that students of all backgrounds can learn. We pledge to provide equitable educational opportunities which ensure students become productive members of society. We furthermore pledge to continue the ongoing process of education by forming community coalitions united to educate and enhance student's self-esteem in order for them to succeed.
  • Notable alumni: Matt Jones - 2005 1st round NFL Draft; he spent his senior year in Fort Smith and was a high school star athlete at Northside. He attended the University of Arkansas where as quarterback he led U of A to victories in the 2 longest overtime games in NCAA football history. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and helped them reach the 2005 NFL Playoffs.
  • Ron Brewer - 7th pick of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. At Northside, he was on the basketball team that won a state championship. On the University of Arkansas basketball team, he was a member of Eddie Sutton's "Triplet's" that led the team to the Final Four in 1978.
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Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Belle Point Alternative Center (0.7 miles away).
The nearest middle school is William O. Darby Junior High School (0.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Tilles Elementary School (0.6 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Fort Smith Tilles Elementary School
    815 North 16th St
    Fort Smith , AR , 72901
    (479)785-5606
    0.6  mi  |  405  students  |  Gr.  PK-6
  • Fort Smith William O. Darby Junior High School
    616 North 14th St
    Fort Smith , AR , 72901
    (479)783-4159
    0.7  mi  |  622  students  |  Gr.  7-9
  • Fort Smith Belle Point Alternative Center
    Alternative School
    1501 Dodson Ave
    Fort Smith , AR , 72901
    (479)783-7034
    Alternative School
    0.7  mi  |  75  students  |  Gr.  7-12
  • Fort Smith Ballman Elementary School
    2601 South Q St
    Fort Smith , AR , 72901
    (479)783-1280
    0.8  mi  |  306  students  |  Gr.  KG-6
  • Fort Smith Albert Pike Elementary School
    4111 Park Ave
    Fort Smith , AR , 72903
    (479)783-4506
    1.2  mi  |  559  students  |  Gr.  PK-6

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