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1974-1975-1976  Class Reunion

Van Horn classes of 1974, 1975 and 1976 will have a combined reunion on Saturday July 19, 2014 from 6 to 11 p.m. at

Mike Onka Memorial Hall

11520 Putnam, 

Sugar Creek, MO 64054 

      Class of 1974 at their 10th      Year High School Reunion in June of 1984

Visit the Facebook event page to RSVP, to see who else is attending, or for more information:


Van Horn Shines in our Community

To see photos and articles check out Falcon Highlights.


Registration for the 2014-15 school year is just around the corner!  Below are the dates and times to register.  Students new to the Independence School District can also begin registering and enrolling on any of the dates below:

  • Seniors: July 31st
  • Juniors: August 1st
  • Sophomores: August 4th
  • Freshmen: August 5th

Registration will be from 9 AM - Noon and 1 PM to 3:30 on each of these dates.  If you have more than one student at Van Horn, you can take care of all registrations at the same time.

All students must prove residency at the time of registration!

Click here for a more detailed letter about this year's registration.

If you wish to download and complete the Student Data Form before arriving for registration, click on the appropriate link below:

Student Data Form (English)

Student Data Form (Spanish)

Van Horn Baseball Team wins District Title

After 40 years, Van Horn has it's second-ever District Championship!













The Van Horn High School Baseball Team won the District Title on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  The game played at Roper Stadium was a 12-0 victory over their opponent Lincoln Prep.   The Falcons are now 15-11 and advance to a Class 4 sectional game next Tuesday, May 27th against the St. Joseph Lafayette-Smithville winner.  The last time Van Horn won a district title was in 1974.  At that time, future Cy Young Award winner Rick Sutcliffe was a senior and Van Horn advanced to the state semifinals.  Jay Kloster, Van Horn coach, was quoted as saying “It’s pretty cool to be in the same company as Sutcliffe, a Cy Young winner and the most famous Falcon alumnus.  We had the right mindset.  We preach nothing comes easily and to play the same way if we are 10 up or 10 down.”  

Game highlights include senior Michael Payne pitching a five-inning, three-hit shutout.  He struck out seven and waked two.  Senior Levi Kelsey’s three-run triple and junior Nathan Ingold’s two-run triple helped create 8 runs in the 4th inning.  Kelsey doubled again and freshman Alex Martin singled and tripled with three RBIs. 

In the two district games, Van Horn has outscored their opponents 26-6.  

Sectional Game Information

  • Van Horn vs. Smithville
  • Location:  Smithville High School
  • Date:  Tuesday, 5/27 at 5:00pm
  • Admission:  $6
Van Horn Senior Earns Prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

Cierra Sua from Van Horn High School is the proud recipient of  The Gates Millennium Scholarship for the Class of 2014.

The highly competitive scholarship, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pays for the entire cost of tuition to any accredited college or university in the United States.

The scholarship will also pay for certain doctorate programs.

More  than 54,000 students applied and Cierra was one of only a 1,000 students chosen as a recipient of the major scholarship.

Cierra plans to attend the University of Utah and major in Elementary Education.

Last school year,  David Daniel a senior at William Chrisman High School and Rungrote Athajarusith a senior at Van Horn High School earned the prestigious Scholarship for the Class of 2013.

David Daniel attends Harvard and Athajarusith attends the University of Central Florida.

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.


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Check out our Weekly Activities page

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.

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Last Update: Friday, July 25, 2014 10:54:09