Van Horn High School - Home of the Falcons

Tamera Carroll and Dasiah Tatum qualify for State Sectionals

On Saturday, May 16th at the district track meet, Tamera Carroll and Dasiah Tatum qualified for Sectionals.   State sectionals will be held on Saturday, May 23rd at Staley High School.   If they are successful at sectionals they will continue to the state track meet.  These are the first two female athletes to qualify for track sectionals in the last seven years.  Great job coaches and athletes!

  • Tamera Carroll:  District Champion 400, Qualifier 200
  • Dasiah Tatum:  Qualifier Shot 
Truman Memorial Scholarship presented to Laura Solomon, Business Teacher at Van Horn

Laura Solomon, Van Horn High School business teacher, was presented the Truman Memorial Scholarship during the weekly meeting of the Independence Rotary Club May 12. Solomon plans to use the $500 scholarship for materials to teach her students about banking and balancing bank accounts. Full-time certified primary and secondary teachers in any school, public or private within the Independence city limits, were eligible to apply for the award.

Van Horn Dates to Remember
Van Horn Girl Scouts

The Van Horn Girl Scouts invite all current and incoming Van Horn girls and their families to a recruitment BBQ on Thursday July 2nd at 5:30 at the LINC Community Garden, 10300 East 11th Street.

Summer Food Service Program

College Center

This new webpage created by our College Advisor, Katie Meyer, has a tremendous amount of information including campus visits, scholarship searches and what you should be doing NOW to prepare for your future.

 Check it out!

Van Horn Shines in our Community

To see photos and articles check out Highlights 2014-2015.

For articles from last school year check out Falcons 2013-2014

Van Horn High School established 1955

Van Horn opened in 1955 and the first class graduated in 1956.  It was originally constructed in 1955 on the site of Honeywood, house of former Civil War era Kansas City mayor, Robert T. Van Horn, a prominent newspaper publisher and statesman. 

School Information

1109 South Arlington Avenue  Independence, Missouri 64053

Main Line: 816.521.5360 

Fax: 816.521.5610

Attendance Line: 816.521.5429


Main Office Hours

Monday-Friday 7 AM - 3:30 PM


School Hours

Doors Open at 7 AM

Classes 7:20 AM - 2:14 PM

Please remember that a picture ID is required for entry into the building.  This  policy is in effect in order to protect the safety of our students and staff.

Welcome and Mission Statement

The students, faculty, and staff of Van Horn High School welcome you to our learning community. Van Horn High School opened its doors in 1955. At the start of the 2008-2009 school year, Van Horn joined the family of the Independence School District. Independence is committed to ensuring that each graduating class of Falcons fulfills the school motto and all “Dare to Be Wise!” 

Our Mission

At Van Horn High School we build positive relationships, achieve high academic standards, and develop literacy in order to engage the world.