150th Anniversary

Last Updated: 11/12/2021 5:43 PM

Celebrating 150 years

In the 2021-22 School Year, Owensboro Independent Schools will be celebrating 150 years of Tradition, Innovation and Excellence in Owensboro, KY. This is a huge milestone for our district, the second-oldest school district in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Our district is in the process of planning a community-wide event to celebrate this milestone, but we also want to hear your stories and share those with the rest of the OPS Family. throughout the year, we want to no only share written stories on this page, but we also want to record several interviews for our district's social media pages and website. Below is a form to submit your OPS Story for us to share.

Tell Your OPS Story

We want to hear about your favorite memory, teacher, school trip, or anything else about your time in OPS that is special to you. Not only will this be a great trip down memory lane, but will also allow us to have records of first-hand accounts from students, staff members, and more throughout the years.

We look forward to hearing and sharing your stories! Continue to check back on this site for more information about special events that are planned surrounding our 150th Anniversary.


Your OPS Stories

Sara Price, Class of 2002

I have so many amazing memories and moments throughout my time at OPS. From my early days at Sutton going on so many fun field trips like The Corvette Factory, Churchill Downs, Land Between the Lakes and the Louisville Slugger Museum to OMS where I first began cheering for the Red Devils and then on to OHS where we were able to attend the inauguration of George W. Bush and visit many monuments and museums in Washington, DC. I had many teachers that influenced me in a huge way but two definitely stand out. Gail Reynolds, my 4th grade teacher, encouraged me to be confident and fostered my love of learning, especially reading. Lynda Youngman was the other who was not only my teacher but my coach. She was a huge role model for me and shaped the way that I try to coach now. I bleed red and black all the way and have loved cheering for the Red Devils all these years. One of the best moments was cheering my very last game in Rupp Arena at the Sweet 16 State Tournament in 2002. That is a moment many dream of and it definitely lived up to the hype. I am so proud to still be a part of OPS as a Kindergarten teacher at Newton Parrish, a cheer coach at OHS, and a parent to a current OPS 5th grader.


Logan Johnson, Class of 2003

My OPS story began at what was then known as the 5-6 Center and I was in the 5th grade. OPS provided opportunities for me in extracurricular activities like football, swimming, and baseball, as well as participating in student government, academic internships, pep clubs, etc. I was fortunate enough to have teachers that not only cared deeply about my education, but also showed compassion and understanding when needed. In my adulthood, I have been blessed with the opportunity to give back to this OPS community as an employee. The opportunity to coach baseball and teach at OHS filled my heart with joy because I got to witness the growth of young adults first hand. My OPS story is ongoing, as I'm still proudly a part of this community as an assistant principal at Cravens Elementary.