Van Horn High School - Home of the Falcons

Admin Survey

2014 Student Building Admin Survey

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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 Dates to Remember
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 Senior Zachary Mallory Honored by Nickelodeon

Senior Zachary Mallory was nominated and received the HALO  Effect Award (Helping And Leading Others) from Nickelodeon for the month of October.  Zachary traveled to New York on November 13th for the actual HALO Awards hosted by Nick Cannon.  While in New York, Zachary was with Nickelodeon and MTV.  For more information check out Teen Nick HALO Effect Awards.

School Activities Calendar Now Online!

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School Activities Calendar

NOW PLAYING!  Romantic Comedy performed by Van Horn students


On November 20th-23rd Van Horn is presenting “Almost Maine” by John Cariani. Almost Maine is about love, how to get it, how to keep it and how to lose it.  This play occurs in a mythical place. It takes many small places outside of Maine to create one which makes it not quite, but almost Maine.

The director Mrs. Doyle was asked why she picked this play.  She said "Almost Maine is a great play because it forces the actors to develop real characters. It also allows the audience to connect with the actors, feelings and emotions of love. This is the largest group ever to audition for this play.” Kenneth Butcher, a student with two main parts says, “I really like it and I been acting since I was in elementary school.” Katie Jones, a veteran VH actor said, “this is my third year acting. It started out from no one auditioning to two people playing one role. I am very excited for this play and everyone should come.  You won’t regret it!”

Introduction to Theater Design and Advanced Theater Design are involved with the play as well creating the set of the play.

Once again the dates for the play are November 20th-22nd @ 7pm and 23rd at 2pm at Van Horn High School. If you have any questions you can contact Mrs. Doyle herself (

Falcon Class of 2015

Calendar of Events 

All dates/events listed are subject to change.  

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.