Recent history of U.S. Grant High School
Sept. 22, 2004
Officials break ground on a new U.S. Grant High School funded by MAPS for Kids.
2005-06 academic year
U.S. Grant is put on the federal “needs improvement list” for the first time. It appears on the list every year after.
Oct. 16, 2006
Police show up at the school to break up a large fight and arrest several students on suspicion of gang activity.
Jan. 8, 2007
Students return from Christmas break to a new school. The $33 million school replaced the aging, overcrowded old school.
Feb. 11, 2008
Interim Principal William “Bill” Einspahr takes over after Phillip Wallace retires.
May 28, 2008
Leonardo Avila, shown at right, a junior, drowns while visiting Arcadia Lake with friends on the last day of school.
Sept. 22, 2008
A 14-year-old is arrested on a complaint of carrying a firearm to school. The boy was accused of pointing a loaded Glock .40-caliber pistol at a fellow student and threatening others. The school remained on lockdown for the next four days, and the school bumped up security measures in the following months.
Jan. 20, 2009
Principal Rodney Stearns, shown at right, takes over for interim principal Einspahr.
July 22, 2009
A student is arrested in connection with the attempted rapes of two female students at the school.
Sept. 30, 2009
A drive-by shooting is reported across the street from the school.
March 22, 2010
The Oklahoma City School Board approves a turnaround plan for U.S. Grant that would allow Principal Rodney Stearnes to remove at least half of the teachers in the school.
March 30, 2010
About 175 people show up to voice concerns at a community meeting about the fate of school's turnaround plan.
April 16, 2010
Sixty-five teachers are forced out as part of the school's turnaround plan.
April 19, 2010
The Oklahoma City School Board approved the teacher cuts.
April 20, 2010
A teacher walks into a boys' bathroom to discover a girl being sexually assaulted by a male student. Two students were arrested in the incident.
July 14, 2010
The state Department of Education awarded the school a three-year, $5 million grant paid by federal bailout funds.
Aug. 19, 2010
The school year starts with a laundry list of reforms, including school uniforms and longer school days.
May 11, 2011
Officials announce at a news conference that Teach for America will come to Oklahoma City Public Schools at U.S. Grant. The school now has 11 Teach for America teachers.
July 1, 2011
Principals Tamie Sanders takes over after Stearns accepts a job in a new district.
Four males and a female are arrested after police find a gun and ammunition in a pickup at the school. Two of those arrested were Grant students.