About William Chrisman High School

William Chrisman Administrators
Michael Becker Denise Textor Willis Blinzler Lori Mertz Keith Adams Greg McGhee

Mike Becker

Denise Textor
Assoc. Principal
(Junior Class)
Willis Blinzler
Asst. Principal
(Senior Class)
Lori Mertz
Asst. Principal
(Sophomore Class)
Keith Adams
Asst. Principal
(Freshman Class)
Greg McGhee
Activities Director
Contact Us...

William Chrisman is located at: 1223 N. Noland Road, Independence, MO 64050
Phone number: 816-521-5355 (office hours are 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday - Friday)
Main office fax number: 816-521-5606 (for attendance, nurse / medical info, etc)
Counseling fax number: 816-521-5607 (transcripts, student records, college requests, etc)
Athletic fax number: 816-521-5608 (athletic physicals, etc)

School History

William Chrisman High School opened in 1918 at the southeast corner of Union and Maple. The land was sold to the school district in 1917 by Margaret Chrisman Swope for $1 in exchange for naming the school after her father. William Chrisman had served as a member of the first school board and was a prominent lawyer and banker in Independence. 

The school moved to its current site in 1956 when a major addition was added to Ott Elementary School and the building was converted into the high school. The main wing of the building was opened in 1956 with the remainder of the building was built in stages. Since that time the building has undergone numerous renovations and additions.

Today, William Chrisman is home to approximately 1350 students. 

Student Attendance Policy for High School Students

We are excited about the next school year and want to communicate important information regarding student attendance and denial of credit for high school students with excessive absences. A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. Students who attend school regularly achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. We want to ensure that all students regularly attend school for the entire instructional day.  Attendance is essential to achieving success in school. Education is a total process based on continual communication and shared responsibilities among parents, students, teachers and students.

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, the Independence School District implemented an updated attendance policy for our high school students. If a student reaches nine absences in any one class, they may face denial of credit for that class. The student will continue to have the opportunity to work proactively with their assigned administrator to make up missed time prior to the end of each semester. Absences that could lead to denial of credit if totaling nine would include: oversleeping, family vacation, missing the bus, no ride to school, needed at home, personal business, car trouble, other absences excused by a parent and illness without medical documentation. Absences that would not lead to denial of credit would include hospitalization with documentation, doctor appointment with documentation, counselor and office visits, religious observances, and if a student is sent home by the school nurse. Students will have numerous opportunities to make up their time, as well as frequent notifications of their status before facing denial of credit.

Thank you for partnering with us to ensure your student is in class and ready to learn! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact your school counseling team.

No one does KIND like WCHS!

WCHS - Kindness Certified SchoolThe Independence School District became a “Kindness Certified School District” in 2015 by participating in the Great Kindness Challenge, a nationwide initiative sponsored by Kids For Peace to promote kindness among students, teachers, staff, families and their communities. 

This year, Chrisman students and staff showed their spirit and kindness through good deeds, positive tweets, kindness quotes, door decorations and several other activities.

From smiling at someone new, passing a friendly note of encouragement, and complimenting another person, to donating clothes, toiletries, school supplies and toys to those in need -- No one does KIND like WCHS!

Be a Bear!

B = Be respectful
E = give Effort
A = be Accountable 
R = take Responsibility

2018-19 Class Bell Schedule

2017-18 High School Bell Schedule

Chrisman Has Character

Chrisman is a School of Character

William Chrisman proudly supports the ISD's Character Education program. Each month, a specific character trait is highlighted throughout the school for students, staff and our school community. Learn more...

Welcome to the Academies of the ISD!

The Academies are personalized learning communities within each of our high schools guiding students toward college and career success.