CHS Facilities Information
Chillicothe High School spans approximately 120,000 square feet and features spacious classrooms, computer and technology labs, a Media center, and gymnasium for approximately 550 high school students. The high school became a reality in 2000 with the passage of a $.79 lease-pruchase levy issue on April 7, 1998. Land for the new school was donated by C.P. and Dot Hutchinson.
The facility offers plentiful parking areas for students, faculty, and visitors, with a separate parking area available to those attending Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center events.
The Chillicothe High School is a past recipient of the No Child LeftBehind/Blue Ribbon Schools Award, a federal program that recognizes high performing schools and schools that have achieved dramatic academic improvement while serving a large proportion of disadvantaged children. Those schools nominated also made adequate yearly progress and met other federal guidelines.
The Chillicothe High School is also a past recipent of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Gold Star Schools Award.
The 850-seat Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art auditorium that serves both the community and the school district alike
Community theater productions are held here, as well as school plays and presentations, concerts, Chillicothe Arts Council events, Missouri Community Betterment competitions, Ballet Arts dance recitals, annual meetings of area businesses, and much more.
The Performing Arts Center is located next to the new high school on Hornet Road. Turn west at the stoplight where Highway 65 intersects with Highway 190. Hornet Road is the second road on Highway 190 going north. Turn north, and the Performing Arts Center is the first building on your right (east).
The Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center was constructed through $2.5 million gifts from the Dickinson Foundation through the Gary Dickinson Family, Hedrick Foundation, Roger A. Browning Foundation, Citizens Bank & Trust, John & Virgie Irvin, Joe & Gladys McCall Foundation, the Milbank Family, Helen Lee Meador, Chillicothe State Bank, Jim & Mary Staton, Rolfe & Julie McCoy, J. Lane Essig Estate, Geneva Wightman, Kenneth & Gloria Harden, Don & Nan Chapman, Gary & Katherine Dickinson Memorials, Chillicothe Rotary Foundation, Walter & Margaret L. Miller Family, and Geroge K. & Dorothy B. Meinershagen, as well as through generous gifts from the community.
The Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium and Bob Fairchild Field just north of Chillicothe High School is home to the Chillicothe Hornets football and soccer games as well as track meets. The $4 million facility was built entirely through private donations and features an eight-lane track, a full soccer field, artifical turf, a video scoreboard and a top-of-the-line lighting system. Local foundations providing $1.7 million for the project were: Mervyn Jenkins Foundation, Lenore Lambert Foundation and Jerry Litton Family Foundation. The Education Foundation provided land for the project.
- Photo Courtesy of Butch Shaffer.