|Nickname : City of promise|
Part of the city
|Location in Nevada|
|State :||United States|
|County :||Washoe County|
|Time zone :||Pacific ( UTC − 8 / −7 )|
|Residents :||98,345 (as of 2016)|
|Population density :||1,586.2 inhabitants per km 2|
|Area :||62.1 km 2 (approx. 24 mi 2 ) of
which 62.0 km 2 (approx. 24 mi 2 ) are land
|Height :||1225 m|
|Area code :||+1 775|
|GNIS ID :||0856391|
|Mayor :||Geno Martini|
Sparks is on the Truckee River near the California border . The Great Basin extends to the east and the Sierra Nevada mountain range begins to the west . The community forms a single urban agglomeration together with Reno, which adjoins it to the southwest .
Interstate 80 runs through the city .
The area was once inhabited by Washoe Indians . In 1904 a town was founded on the Truckee River in the wake of the railway construction. It was initially named "Harrimann" after Edward Harrimann, the president of the railroad. It was later renamed "Sparks" in honor of Governor John Sparks .
1980–2010: census results
Sparks is located in the Washoe County School District and currently has two high schools, three middle schools and 15 elementary schools , as well as 3 private schools. The private schools are the Christian Elementary Schools, Legacy Christian School, Excel Christian School and the Lamplight Christian School.
Shootout on October 21, 2013
On October 21, 2013, two people were killed and two others were life-threatening injured in a shooting on Sparks Middle School campus. The shooting occurred at 7:50 am local time in the playground of Sparks Middle School. The 14-year-old perpetrator died during his act, along with his victim, math teacher and former US Marine Michael Landsberry.
- Jim Gibbons (born 1944), Governor of Nevada
- Girl Amick (* 1970), actress
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- Las Vegas Sun : 2 dead, 2 critically injured in shooting at middle school in Sparks, October 21, 2013
- Shooting Update: Officials say 2 have been confirmed dead and 2 are in critical condition . In: My News 4 . Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
- Sparks Middle School shooting: Video details eyewitness account from inside school . In: Reno Gazette Journal . Retrieved October 21, 2013.
- Police: Staff Member Killed at Sparks Middle School, 2 Others Hurt . In: KTVN . Retrieved October 21, 2013.