Dr. Deborah A. Frison,
Welcome to Burke
My staff and I offer you greetings from Burke High School, where we have high expectations and a desire to bring out the best in all of our students. Each student is rich in potential. Education alone can bring out that potential, but it takes the teamwork of teachers, students, and parents to maximize the results. Burke offers students excellent opportunities to develop their potential through challenging academic programs, as well as through athletic and other extra-curricular activities.
Burke High School serves approximately 2,000 students from a great diversity of backgrounds. Our students come from many ethnic backgrounds and include speakers of many different languages of their birth countries. We believe the diversity of our student body is one factor contributing to the success of our school, as we all come together as Burke Bulldogs.
Burke has a wide breadth of over 200 course offerings, and a depth of offerings that includes over 60 honors and advanced placement courses. Burke also offers a variety of programs of study, referred to as “academies”, including Architectural, Engineering, and Construction Academy, Athletic Training Academy, Culinary Academy, Human Services Academy, Information Technology Academy, Law and Public Services Academy, Medical Science Academy, and Teacher Cadet Academy. We encourage our students to get involved at Burke with over 60 different sports, clubs, and activities.
Burke students have demonstrated their outstanding abilities by winning a multitude of awards in a variety of areas at the national, state, and local levels. Every year, several Burke seniors earn honors as National Merit Semifinalists and as semifinalists in the National Merit Achievement Scholarship Program. In athletics, Burke’s various teams have won 40 state and 86 metropolitan titles. Other groups, from the band to the science teams and the computer programming teams, have won numerous honors. Burke’s Academic Decathlon team has annually had extraordinary success, winning the state championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Burke enjoys the support of a wide variety of community groups. Parent support groups such as the Burke Awareness Council, the Band Boosters, and the Athletic Boosters help to make our school the dynamic, student-centered institution it is. The Burke Awareness Council funds scholarships for graduating seniors, funds the purchase of classroom items, hosts the after prom party, and conducts many other projects. Burke has a long list of Adopt-A-School Partners that includes AAA of Nebraska, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Coca Cola, Cold Stone Creamery, Eran Industries, Firebirds, Huntington Learning Centers, Marriott Hotels, Outback Steakhouse, Pampered Chef, PIP Printing, Qdoba Mexican Grill, ProSource Floorcoverings, Reagan Buick Pontiac GMC, Remedy Intelligent Staffing, School Traditions, St. Luke Day Care, Sunrise Brighton Gardens, and 24 Hour Fitness.
If you have questions or would like to schedule a tour of Burke, call the main office at (402) 557–3200. We invite you to visit our school and become an active part of the Burke community, where academic excellence is our goal.