Award Year: 2018

Armour High School - 01

605 3rd Street
Armour, SD, 57313-0640

(605) 724-2153

Mr. Brad Preheim, Principal at time of Nomination

Armour School District 21-1

School Website


The Armour School, in partnership with the community, will provide each student the opportunity to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially in a safe environment.

Student Demographics
  • White: 90%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Native American: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 28%
Armour HS students helping younger students with their STEM inventions.

Armour HS students helping younger students with their STEM inventions.

Armour HS is located in a small, rural community of 750 people. The school is the focal point of the community. The community rallies around all events and supports the students in all endeavors. An active Parent/Teacher organization works together to provide open-house and other community education programs. The community supports our "Lead the Way" program recognizing student leadership and service. Community members are mentors for our students, especially in support of our senior capstone projects. In turn, the student body is actively involved in the community, often developing service projects which give back.

Academic achievement runs high in the Armour School District. In addition to traditional courses, an emphasis on STEM and Career and Technical Education is a major part of our curriculum. All classrooms have interactive promethean boards, all students are issued school purchased laptops, and teachers use technology seamlessly across all curricular areas. Emphasis is placed on real life projects, problem solving, and troubleshooting. The majority of students are involved in music, co-curricular activities, and take dual credit college coursework. While we have achieved much success, it is the fact that we have done so in a warm, relaxed, and enjoyable environment that we are most proud of. Although academics are always of utmost importance, we believe that helping a student develop socially and emotionally is equally important. There are personalized relationships between administration, teachers, and students. The emphasis at AHS is on creating a culture in which everyone if valued and important.