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Burnsville Senior High School
600 E. Highway 13
Burnsville MN
Burnsville, Minnesota, 55337
Coordinates 44°47′05″N 93°15′57″W / 44.78472°N 93.26583°W / 44.78472; -93.26583Coordinates: 44°47′05″N 93°15′57″W / 44.78472°N 93.26583°W / 44.78472; -93.26583
Funding type Taxes/Alumni
Established 1957
School district Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District 191
MOE Code ISD 191
Principal Dave Helke
Grades 1012
Gender Co-Ed
Number of students ~2400
Color(s) Black and Gold
Athletics conference Lake Conference
Mascot Sparky
Team name Blaze
Publication The Reading Edge (online)
Newspaper The Voice
Yearbook The Blaze
Tuition Free
Communities served Burnsville, Savage, Eagan, Shakopee, Apple Valley
Burnsville High School front entrance

Burnsville High School (BHS) is a three-year public high school located in Burnsville, Minnesota. The school is part of Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, which covers most of Burnsville, as well as parts of the surrounding cities Savage and Eagan, and small parts of Shakopee and Apple Valley. A majority of the incoming sophomores come from Eagle Ridge Junior High, Metcalf Junior High, or Nicollet Junior High. The school mascot is Sparky, a humanoid with a fireball for a head.



Burnsville High School, originally opened in 1957 as a K-12 school with an initial enrollment of about 400 students. In 1966, upon completion of the newly constructed school, students in grades seven through nine started attending Metcalf Junior High. Today, students attending Burnsville's Metcalf, Eagle Ridge and Nicollet Junior High Schools will attend Burnsville Senior High School for grades 10-12.

On April 25, 1994, the largest high school arson in the United States began, which resulted in over 15 million dollars in damages. The same arsonist also started fires at Edina High School and Minnetonka High School. During the restoration, high school students studied at nearby Nicollet Junior High and Sky Oaks Elementary Schools. Around the time of the fire, the school's mascot was changed from the Braves to the Blaze to avoid stigmatizing and stereotyping Native Americans. The name "Blaze" was conceived because of the word "Burnsville" in the school name, and had nothing to do with the fire; it was merely a coincidence. The Braves icon is still widely accepted, and many students still have Brave apparel. Prior to The Braves, the first mascot of Burnsville High School was the Bulldogs.

In 1997, District 191 bought the Diamondhead Mall and converted the top level into the Senior Campus to handle increasing enrollment. A year later, in 1998, it was opened for use. Students can drive or take a shuttle bus to move from one campus to the other. Many classes available only to 12th grade students are offered at the Senior Campus; including many English, math and social studies classes. Most seniors at Burnsville High School spend half their day at this separate campus. The time needed to travel from one campus to the other is only about 10-15 minutes but many students structure their schedule to consolidate their lunch and travel time.

In 2006 the Beautification Committee, a group of volunteer parents, raised $50,000 from donations and proceeds from 50th anniversary blanket sales to purchase an electronic greeting sign, replacing an old stone one, as part of the school's 50th anniversary. Burnsville was one of the last not to have an electronic sign, as Lakeville, Bloomington, and Eagan already did. This group has also volunteered their time, energy, and resources to help upkeep the gardens and grounds of the school. There was some controversy among students and community members over the cost of the sign, asking if people would raise such money for books, new computers, or technology education equipment. The money for the sign, however, was raised by local businesses and private donors, and not taken from the school's budget.

The school also participates in the University of Minnesota's College in the Schools program.[1]


As of the 2008-09 school year, there were 2,267 students attending Burnsville High School. In terms of race, white students made up 73% of the student population, while black students made up the largest minority, representing 13% of the student population. Asian and Hispanic students made up 8% and 5% of the student population respectively. American Indian students made up the remaining 1% of the student population.

Students with limited English proficiency made up 6% of the student body. Students with special education needs made up 9% of the student body. Students eligible for free or reduced price lunch made up one-fifth (20%) of the student body.[2]


Burnsville High School is affiliated with the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) and is a member of the Lake Conference. They will leave the Lake Conference to form the South Suburban Conference.

State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Soccer, Boys 4 1980, 1982, 1990, 1993
Soccer, Girls 2 1992, 1993
Cross Country Running, Boys 5 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986
Cross Country Running, Girls 1 2007
Football 5 1972, 1980, 1985, 1989, 1991
Swimming, Girls 5 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 2002
Cheerleading 4 1986, 1987, 1998, 1992
Chess 15 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Winter Dance Team, Girls 10 1982, 1983, 1987, 1990, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008
Gymnastics, Girls 4 1975, 1977, 1978, 1982
Gymnastics, Boys 1 1988
Hockey, Boys 2 1985, 1986
Swimming, Boys 2 1985, 2007
Basketball, Girls 3 1977, 1991, 1992
Drumline 5 1997, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009
Nordic Skiing, Girls 1 2009
Spring Golf, Girls 3 1990, 2000, 2007
Badminton, Girls 4 1996, 1997,1998,1999
Track and Field, Boys 1 1978
Total 79

Notable alumni

  • David Knutson -- BHS Class of 1978, Federal Judge and former State Senator for the Burnsville area.
  • Jannell Cannon -- BHS Class of 1975, Author and Illustrator, most notably of Stellaluna.
  • Pradeep Venkatasetty -- BHS Class of 1977, CIO of Varel, Intl.
  • Randy Scheunemann -- BHS Class of 1978. Lobbyist and Foreign Policy advisor to John McCain.
  • Weasel -- 93x Half Assed Morning Show disc jockey.
  • Mark Osiecki-- BHS Class of 1987, Former NHL player 1990-1993
  • Melissa Peterman -- BHS Class of 1989. Played Barbra Jean on the show Reba
  • Cedric Yarbrough -- BHS Class of 1991, Actor, most notably of T.V. shows Reno 911! and The Boondocks (TV series).
  • Nate Dicasmirro -- BHS Class of 1997, Phoenix Coyotes AHL team.
  • Cameron Beckman -- BHS Class of 1988, Winner of two events on the PGA Tour
  • Todd Okerlund -- BHS Class of 1983, Member of the 1988 U.S.A. Olympic Hockey Team.
  • Ryan Solovjovs -- BHS Class of 1999, Author of the German novel Gekränkt.
  • Jason Suttle -- BHS Class of 1994, NFL Football Player for the Denver Broncos.
  • Kevin Gorg -- FSN TV personality
  • Greg Baker ---BHS Class of 1986, Appeared as "Elliott" in Sports Night, "Mr Corelli" in Hannah Montana, "Burger Pitt" in "I'm With The Band"


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