Welcome from the Olathe South Robotics Team!
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The BioMech Falcons are extremely excited for your arrival to Olathe, Kansas! Now, you might be wondering, where in the world is Olathe, Kansas, and why have I never heard of this city before in my life? We frequently ask ourselves the same questions; therefore, we would like you help you get acquainted with our city and the school we come from. Below, we have 12 little fun facts about the city and our school to provide information as to why Olathe is such an amazing place, even though we are not widely known.
1. The Meaning of Olathe
The story of the naming of Olathe goes back to 1857 and the founder John T. Barton. He purportedly thought the area was so beautiful with its blooming wildflowers and rolling prairie land that he asked his Shawnee interpreter how to say “beautiful” in his native language. His response was “Olathe.”
2. Rapid Growth
Olathe is the 4th most populous city in all of Kansas, the population currently around 133,000 has continued to increase.
3. Strong Economy
Olathe has an active and robust economy. The city is home to many commercial and industrial parks. It is also the headquarters of several large companies including: Honeywell, Husqvarna, and Garmin. It is also home to more Farmers Insurance employees than any other city in the United States.
4. Sculpture Art
Olathe is a unique city because of its sculpture art. It embraces the use of sculptures in public areas throughout the downtown. There are currently 22 permanent sculptures in Olathe. The city believes they create identity, activate public spaces, and connect people to community.
5. Oz Marathon
The Olathe Marathon started back in 2002 as the course for the NAIA track and field national championships. It later took on a Wizard of Oz theme, and when Garmin became the major sponsor, they kept the Oz theme. With over 4,300 participants from all 50 states and 10 different countries, the Garmin Marathon in the Land of Oz has become quite a spectacle.
6. Working Stagecoach
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm is the only working stagecoach stop on the old Santa Fe Trail. Purchased in 1857 by the Mahaffie family, the farm became one of the important stagecoach stops on the trail. Today it operates as a museum and historic site. Visitors can experience life on the frontier, take stagecoach rides, and see 1860’s farming practices.
7. Deaf History
Olathe is also home to the William J. Mara Museum of Deaf History, Arts, and Culture. This one of a kind museum explores deaf culture in America and pays tribute to the work of the Kansas School for the Deaf (KSD). Visitors can watch videos, view exhibits, and participate in interactive modules that teach American Sign Language.
8. Olathe South Started
Olathe South High School was established in 1981 in order to help educate the rapidly increasing population of Olathe. In 2009, construction began on remodeling the school in order to accommodate ninth graders for the first time.
9. Academic History
Olathe South High School was recognized as a National School of Excellence for the 1990-91 school year by the U.S. Department of Education, becoming the first high school in Olathe to do so.
10. Olathe South Enrollment
11. Notable Building Features
Built in 1981 the most notable feature of Olathe South is that it is entirely on one level. In 2009, construction began on remodeling the school in order to accommodate ninth graders for the first time.
12. Olathe South Sports
Throughout its history, Olathe South has won eighteen state championships in various sports.
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