Mike Schmidt, Principal                                                                218-894-2431 - Phone
Penny Olsen,  School Social Worker                                      218-894-5400 - Phone
Travis VanOverbeke, Activities Director                           218-894-2434 - Fax

Welcome to SMHS - "Home of the Cardinals!"

Our goal is to provide our students with excellent educational opportunities. In addition, we blend this with a positive learning environment that prepares them to be lifelong learners and contributing members of society, both here at home and wherever their paths take them. 

Staples-Motley High School has an exceptional team of creative, professional educators who dedicate a tremendous amount of time and energy delivering the best possible education for all students. The support staff, parents and community at-large are incredibly generous with their resources in supporting the outstanding cultural life and traditions of our high school. 

We feature comprehensive curriculums and services where students may elect to participate in some of our traditional, vocational, college preparatory or alternative educational programs. In addition, we offer a variety of opportunities through our many clubs, performing arts and athletics. These offerings are designed to meet the diversity of needs found within all of our students and many have been recognized at the conference, section, state and national level. Cardinal Pride isn’t hard to find in our hallways! 

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our mission

community and families,
the Staples-Motley School District
will empower all students
to achieve the social growth and
academic success necessary
to become productive citizens
in a changing world.


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