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Why Burke? Watch our recruitment video!

What's Special About Burke?

  • The largest number of Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual-Enrolled (DE) courses in the state
  • Experienced quality teachers with over 65% of our staff holding Masters Degrees and 8 current staff members who are winners of the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award
  • The Focus Program, a selection based program within the school that offers more individual instruction and a focus on Leadership and Technology
  • The Air & Space Academy where students select from one of four pathways: Professional Flight, Aerospace Mechanics, Air and Space Management, Aerospace Technology
  • We are proud to be one of the few schools in the nation with our own Planetarium, and with our ongoing construction will soon have our own Flight Simulator
  • An award winning fine arts program with a recognized band, jazz band, color guard, show choir, and drama areas
  • Lots of extra-curricular activities including: 43 clubs, 20 activities, and 19 sports
  • Our Rockstars! Burke's alternative curriculum program for students with severe disabilities that offers ALL of our students exposure, and the opportunity to work with these truly extraordinary kids.
  • A rigorous academic program which has lead to a consistent record of National Merit Recognition and AP Recognition for our students

How Can I See What Burke is All About for Myself?

GET IN THE BUILDING! There are many good high schools in the Omaha area, and each has its own personality. The best way for you to pick a high school that's right for your needs, interests, and personality is to get into the building get a better idea of how the school functions.

Some ways you can get to know Burke High School include:

  1. Come for a tour. We can schedule tours between 9:00 – 2:00 on most school days. This will give you the opportunity to see our building in full action. We will walk the halls, look at classrooms, experience a passing period, maybe even a lunch period! We will talk about what is most important for a high school experience and will make sure that all of your questions are answered. Just call the office to setup an appointment (402) 557-3200.
  2. Come to our Open House – Scheduled for January 16, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm. This is a good opportunity to get acquainted with the building. You can also talk with teachers, coaches, sponsors as well as hear from our principal.

We make it a priority to protect our academic learning environment from disruptions. Therefore, we do not allow “shadowing” of classes during the school day.


Mrs. Gaye Lannan

Academic Director:

Athletic Director:

Mr. Jason Williams

Student Services Director: 

Dr. Andrew Walters

School Counseling Director:

Mrs. Hope Smejkal

2016 - 2017 Achievements

Why Our Students Choose Burke

I was accepted into the FOCUS Program and I knew this leadership would help me grow into the best student and member of my community. ~Katherine

I chose Burke because it is close to my home and it offers great sports opportunities ~Derek

I had to keep the legacy going! My dad and brother went to Burke. Also, the FOCUS program!

I chose to attend Burke because of the basketball team. Also, a lot of my friends were coming here, and my dad attended Burke back in the day. ~Shereef