Van Horn High School - Home of the Falcons

Speech and Debate Team place 4th Place

The Van Horn Falcon Speech and Debate team had an outstanding showing at the Winnetonka Novice Tournament, held on October 17 & 18.  After 4 power-matched rounds of competition among 39 teams from 16 schools, the Van Horn team of Charles Ruby and Chloe Trimble was one of only 3 undefeated teams remaining, and after a final elimination round, placed 4th.

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!

School Activities Calendar Now Online!

Want to know what's happening with our Van Horn students?

School Activities Calendar

Van Horn Shines in our Community

To see photos and articles check out Falcon Highlights.

No School on Friday or Monday

No School on Friday, October 31st and Monday, November 3rd.

First Team All Conference - Cross Country

Nina Campos, Sam Baker and Chase Siedlik 

Falcon Class of 2015

Calendar of Events 

All dates/events listed are subject to change.  

Van Horn Dates to Remember
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.