Shakopee  is a city in and the county seat of Scott County, Minnesota. It is located southwest of downtown Minneapolis. Sited on the south bank bend of the Minnesota River, Shakopee and nearby suburbs comprise the southwest portion of Minneapolis-Saint Paul. The population of Shakopee was 37,076

The river bank’s Shakopee Historic District contains burial mounds built by prehistoric cultures. In the 18th century, Chief Shakopee of the Mdewakanton Dakota established his village on the east end of this area near the water. Trading led to the city’s establishment in the 19th century. Shakopee boomed as a commerce exchange site between river and rail at Murphy’s Landing.

Once an isolated city in the Minnesota River Valley, by the 1960s the economy of Shakopee was tied to that of the expanding metropolitan area. Significant growth as a bedroom community occurred after U.S. Highway 169 was realigned in 1996 toward the new Bloomington Ferry Bridge.

The city is known for the Valleyfair amusement park and the Canterbury Park racetrack.


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Shakopee Public Schools include five elementary schools, one Sixth Grade Center, two junior high schools and one senior high school. The schools are:

  • Shakopee Senior High
  • Shakopee West Junior High
  • Shakopee East Junior High
  • Pearson Sixth Grade Center
  • Red Oak Elementary
  • Sun Path Elementary
  • Sweeney Elementary
  • Eagle Creek Elementary
  • Jackson Elementary

In the beginning of 2018-2019 school year, all Ninth Grade students will be moving into the Shakopee Senior High School after the school completes its renovations. Students in sixth grade attend the Pearson Sixth Grade Center, formerly known as Pearson Elementary. The school will be temporarily shut down, in an effort to lower district costs. Shakopee Junior Highs are known as Shakopee East Junior High and Shakopee West Junior High. Shakopee East was formerly known as the Middle School, which taught grades 6 and 7. Shakopee East Junior High teaches grades 7-9. Shakopee Junior High West, formerly known as Shakopee Junior High, previously taught grades 8 and 9, but now, like Shakopee East, Shakopee West currently teaches grades 7-9. This will change to grades 6 through 8 for both East Junior High School and West Junior High School for the 2018-2019 school year. A border divides the Junior High aged kids to East or West. Shakopee Senior High School currently has grades 10 through 12. Shakopee is also the location of the Shakopee Area Catholic Schools.

The city of Shakopee also has a campus of the Globe University/Minnesota School of Business, a private career college offering programs in business, health sciences, legal sciences, multimedia and design and information technology.


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