Owensboro High School exists today as a culmination of nearly 150 years of secondary education in Owensboro. The high school is the flagship of the Owensboro Public Schools district.
Owensboro High School has been named among America’s Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report, one of only 23 Kentucky high schools to be recognized out of nearly 19,000 in the country.
Owensboro High School enjoys a long-standing tradition of excellence in the fine arts. Music, art, dance and drama participation has grown exponentially in recent years under district-wide enhancement of the fine and performing arts.
The Fine Arts program was awarded The Kennedy Center Award for Excellence in 2016 for their outstanding work in providing “Every Art for Every Student”. In fifth grade, every student samples each of the fine arts (band, orchestra, choir, theatre and fine art) and is able to decide if they would like to pursue one or more disciplines throughout middle and high school.
One staple of the Fine Arts program at OHS is The Rose Curtain Players theatrical troupe. Formed in the 1920s, The Rose Curtain Players is the oldest charter theatre group in Kentucky and is, to this day, one of the most respected clubs in the country.
Tradition has been an important part of the Owensboro High School heritage. One of the most outstanding features of OHS has been its athletics program and its tradition of winning.
OHS boasts an impressive 31 team state championships, not including numerous individual state titles in individual sports. The long-standing success of athletics at OHS has established a strong school spirit and generated numerous traditions.
For decades, hundreds of various sports trophies have accumulated in the trophy cases lining the halls of the school. Some trophies, including the first football state championship in school history, date back more than 100 years!