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.
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.
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. This facility is truly a remarkable addition to our school and community.
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 Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium is home to the Chillicothe Hornets football games. The stadium was named for the lateJerry Litton, (1937-1976), a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senate Nominee, who was killed in a plane crash after winning the U.S. Senate Nomination in 1976.
Our new high school became a reality with the passage of $.79 lease-purchase levy issue on April 7, 1998. Land for the new school was donated by C.P. and Dot Hutchinson.
The original high school was built in 1925 with Middle School additions in the 1950's and the Fieldhouse, Library, and Science rooms added in 1976.
The Calhoun Street location(click photo at left to see a closer view) was home to legions of Chillicothe High School students until the opening of the new high school on Hornet Drive in August, 2000. In the fall of 2001, the Calhoun Street facility became the Chillicothe Middle School and now serves grades six, seven, and eight.
The new 120,000 square foot high school building, complete with spacious classrooms, computer and technology labs, Media center, and gymnasium, houses approximately 700 high school students.
The facility also offers plentiful parking areas for students, faculty, and visitors, with a separate parking area available to those attending Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center events. Each fall, senior students are allowed to "paint" their own parking spaces, which are theirs for the entire school year. After graduation, the parking spots are repainted white until the new seniors arrive the next fall.
During the 2003-2004 school year, we were nominated for, or received, two prestigious awards. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education informed us we had been nominated for 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 in 2003 and met other federal guidelines. Of particular significance, Chillicothe was one of eight schools nominated in the state of Missouri; and of these eight schools only three were high schools. On September 13, 2004, we were visited by representatives of the U.S. Department of Education and presented with the Blue Ribbon Award!!
In April, 2004, the Chillicothe High School received yet another accolade from state education officials after the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that the school was chosen as one of Missouri's 13 Gold Star Schools for 2003-04. This is the first time in CHS history that the school has received the prestigious honor.