Van Horn High School - Home of the Falcons

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 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!

Missouri Class IV Assistant Baseball Coach of the Year

Van Horn High School assistant coach, Richie Shust, recently received the Missouri Class IV Assistant Baseball Coach of the Year. The award was presented on January 16, 2015, at the Annual Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association. Mr. Shust is a PE/Health teacher at Nowlin Middle School.  

Polar Plunge 2015 for Special Olympics

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Senior Joshua Ramirez Nominated for Admittance to U.S. Military Academies

Three ISD Students Nominated by Congressman Cleaver for Admittance to U.S. Military Academies 

Three Independence School District students were honored by Representative Emanuel Cleaver, each receiving a congressional nomination to attend one of the U.S. military academies. 

Two William Chrisman seniors, Franklin Cotter and John Hennessy, and Van Horn Senior Joshua Ramirez were recognized by Cleaver during ceremonies December 18.

Applying for acceptance to U.S. military academies is an exhausting and extremely competitive process. Students must have excellent academics, exhibit leadership skills and have very competitive test scores. The student must apply to the academy itself and then also apply for nominations from their three nominating sources - their district congressman and both of their U.S. senators. The process requires many, many letters of recommendations from teachers, counselors and persons the students know in the community as well as school verification of academics and athletics/leadership activities.  

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.