Thursday, July 23, 2015

Springdale, Arkansas


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For the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Area (Northwest Arkansas), see Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers Metropolitan Area.
Springdale, Arkansas
Clockwise from top: The Northwest Arkansas Naturals playing in Arvest Ballpark, the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Emma Avenue, Old Springdale High School, Tyson Foods World Headquarters
Clockwise from top: The Northwest Arkansas Naturals playing in Arvest Ballpark, the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, Emma Avenue, Old Springdale High School, Tyson Foods World Headquarters
Official seal of Springdale, Arkansas
Nickname(s): The Poultry Capital Of The World[1][2]
Location in Washington County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Washington County and the state of Arkansas
Springdale, Arkansas is located in USA
Springdale, Arkansas
Springdale, Arkansas
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 36°10′53″N 94°8′45″WCoordinates: 36°10′53″N 94°8′45″W
Country United States
State Arkansas
Counties Washington, Benton
Founded 1838
 • Type Mayor-City council
 • Mayor Doug Sprouse
 • Total 42.0 sq mi (108.9 km2)
 • Land 41.8 sq mi (108.3 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
Elevation 1,322 ft (969 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 69,797
 • Density 1,670/sq mi (644.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 72762, 72764-66
Area code(s) 479
FIPS code 05-66080
GNIS feature ID 0078436
Springdale is the fourth-largest city in Arkansas, and is located in both Washington and Benton counties in Northwest Arkansas. Located on the Springfield Plateau deep in the Ozark Mountains, Springdale has long been an important industrial city for the region.[3] In addition to several trucking companies, the city is home to the world headquarters of Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat producing company.[4] Originally named Shiloh, the city changed its name to Springdale when applying for a post office in 1872.[3] The four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau. The city had a population of 69,797 at the 2010 Census.[5]
Springdale has been experiencing a population boom in recent years, as indicated by a 133% growth in population between the 1990 and 2010 censuses.[3] During this period of rapid growth, the city has seen a new Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, the establishment of a Springdale campus of Northwest Arkansas Community College and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals minor league baseball team move into Arvest Ballpark. Tyson remains the city's top employer, and is visible throughout the city. Many public features bear the Tyson name, including the Randal Tyson Recreational Complex, Don Tyson Parkway, Helen Tyson Middle School and John Tyson Elementary. Governor Mike Beebe signed an act into law recognizing Springdale as the "The Poultry Capital Of The World" in 2013.[1][2]


Springdale was founded in 1838 and was originally known as Shiloh.
In 1840, a Baptist church was founded in the town. The building was burned down during the Civil War but rebuilt in 1868. In 1878, the town was incorporated with the name of Springdale.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 108.9 square miles (282 km2), of which, 108.3 square miles (280 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it, or 0.62%, is water.[5] The city limits extend north into southern Benton County. Springdale is bordered by the cities of Cave Springs, Lowell, and Bethel Heights to the north, by Elm Springs and Tontitown to the west, and by Johnson and Fayetteville to the south.
The city is located in both Benton and Washington counties along Interstate 49/US Highway 62/US Highway 71 (I-49/US 62/US 71).[7] This is the only fully controlled access route through the area, which replaced the winding US 71 (now US 71B) in the 1990s.[8] An interstate connection with Fort Smith to the south and Kansas City, Missouri to the north has greatly helped to grow Springdale.[3] Within Washington County, Springdale is bordered along the south by Fayetteville and Johnson. In some locations, this transition is seamless.[8] The city extends west and east along Highway 412 toward Tontitown and Beaver Lake, respectively.[8]


Springdale is located on the Springfield Plateau, a subset of The Ozarks which run through northwest Arkansas, southern Missouri, and Northeastern Oklahoma.[9] In the Springdale area, sandstones and shales were deposited on top of the Springfield Plateau during the Pennsylvanian Period. These were eroded after the Ouachita orogeny and uplift, exposing Mississippian limestone formations of the Springfield Plateau visible today.

Metropolitan area

The Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers Metropolitan Area consists of three Arkansas counties: Benton, Madison, and Washington, and McDonald County, Missouri.[10] The area had a population of 347,045 at the 2000 census which had increased to 463,204 by the 2010 Census (an increase of 33.47 per cent).


Springdale lies in the humid subtropical climate zone (Köppen Cfa) with influence from the humid continental climate type. The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters.
July is the hottest month of the year, with an average high of 89 °F (31.7 °C) and an average low of 69 °F (20.6 °C). Temperatures above 100 °F (37.8 °C) are rare but not uncommon, occurring on average twice a year, with 57 days over 90 °F (32.2 °C) annually. January is the coldest month with an average high of 46 °F (8 °C) and an average low of 26 °F (−3 °C). The city's highest temperature was 111 °F (43.9 °C), recorded in 1954. The lowest temperature recorded was −24 °F (−31.1 °C), in 1899.[11][12] Precipitation is weakly seasonal, with a bimodal pattern: wet seasons in the spring and fall, and relatively drier summers and winters, but some rain in all months.
[hide]Climate data for Springdale, Arkansas (1981–2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 76
Average high °F (°C) 46
Average low °F (°C) 26
Record low °F (°C) −23
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.55
Average snowfall inches (cm) 3.0
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 5.1 6.6 6.5 7.1 7.9 7.4 8.1 5.8 5.6 5.0 4.8 4.9 74.8
Avg. relative humidity (%) 72 67 62 63 71 71 71 71 69 70 64 68 68
Source #1: The Weather Channel[11]
Source #2: Weather Base, Used for precipitation days and humidity; 11 years of data available.[12]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 249
1890 1,146
1900 1,251
1910 1,755
1920 2,263
1930 2,763
1940 3,319
1950 5,835
1960 10,076
1970 16,783
1980 23,458
1990 29,941
2000 45,798
2010 69,797
Est. 2014 76,565 [13] 9.7%
Encyclopedia of Arkansas
History and Culture
As of the census[14] of 2010, there were 69,797 people, 22,805 households, and 16,640 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 64.7% White, 1.8% Black or black, 1.8% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 5.7% Pacific Islander, 22% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. 35.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 22,678 households out of which 41.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.54.
The median income for a household in the city was $26,523, and the median income for a family was $46,407. Males had a median income of $31,495 versus $26,492 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,645. 21.3% of the population and 17.4% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 33.6% of those under the age of 18 and 6.3% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.[15]
56.8% of Springdale's population describes themselves as religious, slightly above the national average of 48.8%.[16] 25.6% of people in Springdale who describe themselves as having a religion are Baptist (14.5% of the city's total population). 12.5% of people holding a religion are Catholic (7.1% of the city's total population). There are also higher proportions of Methodists, Episcopalians, and Pentecostals above the national average.[16]

2000 Census

According to the 2000 Census statistics, there was a significant community of about 4,000 Marshall Islanders, and the city is home to a Consulate of the Marshall Islands.[17] This estimate is projected to have heavily increased since then.[18]
There were 22,805 households, out of which 46.0% had individuals under 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02, and the average family size was 3.54.
In the city the population had a median age was 29.6 years. For every 100 females there were 98.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.


Top Employers
Springdale Chamber of Commerce[19]
# Employer # of Employees
1 Tyson Foods 4,300
2 George's 2,500
3 Springdale Public Schools 2,235
4 Cargill Meat Solutions 1,200
5 Northwest Medical Center-Springdale 900
6 Rockline Industries 535
7 A.E.R.T. 500
8 Harps Food Stores 495
9 Kawneer 465
10 Multi-Craft Contractors 400


The economy of Northwest Arkansas was historically based upon agriculture and poultry. In recent decades, Northwest Arkansas has seen rapid growth and diversification of its economy based upon the three Fortune 500 companies based there—Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt—while also seeing a growing University of Arkansas and cultural amenities sector. Although impacted by the Great Recession, Northwest Arkansas' economy fared better than most peer metropolitan areas, the state of Arkansas and the United States overall. Between 2007 and 2013, the region saw unemployment rates significantly below those of peer regions and the national average; while also seeing a 1% net growth of jobs. The region's gross domestic product grew 7.0% over the aforementioned time period and bankruptcies, building permits, and per capita incomes are returning to pre-Recession rates.[20]
The professional, education, and health care sectors of Northwest Arkansas' economy have been growing steadily since 2007. Between 2007 and 2013, the region has seen a growth of 8,300 jobs in the region, with 6,100 added in education and health professions and 4,300 jobs added in the leisure and hospitality jobs related to the region's cultural amenities.[20] The government and transportation sectors have remained relatively constant between 2007 and 2013, however the manufacturing sector has seen steady decline, mirroring national averages. The construction and real estate sectors saw large declines attributable to the poor housing market during the economic downturn.


Tyson World Headquarters
Springdale has a robust poultry processing industry, including large hatcheries and/or processing plants owned and operated by Tyson Foods, Cargill, and George's throughout the city. Since Tyson Foods and George's are based in the city, a host of administrative/executive/support staff is also employed in Springdale to support these large operations. Springdale also has a variety of industrial/manufacturing employers present in the city, including Apex Tool Group, Ball Corporation, Brunner & Lay, Dayco Products, and Pratt & Whitney. This strong industrial sector differentiates the city among the four large principal cities of Northwest Arkansas. Technology is a growing sector in the city; The 34 acres (14 ha) Springdale Technology Park at the intersection of Huntsville and Monitor Roads is home to NanoMech, Arkansas's first nanomanufacturer. The Tyson Foods Discovery Center and Tyson Data Center (under construction), both located on the Tyson HQ Main Campus, integrate poultry science and technology; this is a symbiosis reflective of Springdale's economic past and future.[21]


Mayor–city council

Springdale operates within the mayor-city council form of government. The mayor is elected by a city-wide election to serve as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the city by presiding over all city functions, policies, rules and laws. Once elected, the mayor also allocates duties to city employees. Mayors serve four-year terms and can serve unlimited terms. The city council consists of eight members who together form the legislative body for the city. Also included in the council's duties is balancing the city's budget and passing ordinances. The body also controls the representatives of specialized city commissions underneath their jurisdiction. Two members are elected from each of the city's four wards.[22] The Council meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the City Administration Building.

Citizen boards, commissions, and committees

Citizen input is welcomed through the use of various specialized groups. Positions are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. Commissions include:
  • Springdale Advertising and Promotion Commission
  • Springdale Airport Commission
  • Springdale Civil Service Commission
  • Springdale Planning Commission
  • Springdale Water and Sewer Commission
The Springdale Housing Authority and Springdale Public Facilities Board also help direct the City of Springdale on matters within their purview.


Springdale High School
Springdale Public Schools is the second-largest school district in Arkansas, providing educational services to over 21,000 students on 29 different campuses throughout the city. Pre-kindergarten, seventeen elementary schools, four middle schools, Springdale High School and Har-Ber High School constitute the district. The district offers a variety of programs, including International Baccalaurate Programme and the (Environmental and Spatial Technology) EAST Initiative. College prep programs (academies) for Engineering and Architecture, IT, Law and Public Safety, and Medical Profession Education allow students to begin specializing into their desired field.
Private education is available at Shiloh Christian School, founded in 1976 by the First Baptist Church of Springdale. It is fully accredited by Association of Christian Schools International and Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association. The PreK-12 student body is approximately 900 students.
Higher education in Springdale is available at the Springdale Campus of Northwest Arkansas Community College. This two-year public community college provides opportunities for students to earn associate degrees or take non-credit courses. Ecclesia College is a very small work college accredited through the Association for Biblical Higher Education located in western Springdale. The Northwest Technical Institute (NTI) offers occupational training for residents throughout NWA. NTI also offers an Adult Education Center, allowing students to earn a GED, learn English and study to apply for US Citizenship.
Near Springdale is the University of Arkansas (UA), the flagship institution of the University of Arkansas System. Located in Fayetteville, UA is the largest degree-granting institution in Arkansas, offering over 200 degree programs. Located to the west of Springdale, John Brown University is a a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts college in Siloam Springs.


Left: NWA Naturals playing in Arvest Ballpark.
Right: Bull riding in Parsons Stadium
Springdale is home to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the minor league baseball team of the Texas League. The team, formerly known as the Wichita Wranglers, relocated in 2008 upon completion of Arvest Ballpark.[23] The stadium has 6,500 seats and additional grass berm seating as well as suites and event space for private events. Approximately 70 Naturals home games are played in the stadium every year. In 2013, Arvest Ballpark hosted the 77th annual Texas League All-Star Game.
Parsons Stadium in eastern Springdale is host to many events throughout the year, most notably the Rodeo of the Ozarks. This four-day event began in Springdale in 1944 and brings professional cowboys and cowgirls to the city for one of the nation's top outdoor rodeos. Always hosted on Independence Day weekend, the event brings a parade, the Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks Pageant, and the Grand Entrance to the stadium. It also hosts Buckin' in the Ozarks (a Professional Bull Riders [PBR] event), Arenacross (a motocross competition with professional and amateur exhibitions) during Bikes Blues and BBQ weekend and other motorized exhibitions.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Helena High School


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Coordinates: 46°35′43″N 112°01′08″W
This article is about a high school in Montana. For the high school in Alabama, see Helena High School (Alabama).
Helena High School
Established 1876
Type Public high school
Principal Steve Thennis
Asst. Principal Joslyn Davidson, Jilyn Oliveira, Brett Zanto
Teaching staff Staff Directory
Students 1,674
Grades 9 through 12
Location 1300 Billings Avenue,
Helena, Montana, U.S.
District Helena Public School District
Accreditation Montana Office of Public Instruction
Colors         Cardinal Red and White
Athletics AA (largest class in Montana)
Mascot Bengals
Rival Helena Capital High School
Newspaper The Nugget
Website Helena High Web site
Helena High School is a public high school for grades 9 through 12 located in Helena, Montana. It is part of the Helena Public School District. Founded in September 1876, it is the oldest high school in the state of Montana.[1] A new building was completed in August 1935 and it was almost destroyed a few months later in the 1935 Helena earthquake.[2] In 1955, the building became Helena Junior High School (now Helena Middle School) and Helena High School moved into its present location at 1300 Billings Avenue, just off Montana Avenue.


Four foreign languages are taught at Helena High: French, German, Latin, and Spanish. The English Department, with 22 faculty, offers instruction in English literature and composition, as well as elective studies. Students are encouraged to take honors English and Advanced Placement (AP) during senior year. Elective offerings include debate, speech, journalism, and creative writing. An AP Language elective for juniors and seniors is new for 2009-2010.

Notable alumni