|Bemidji High School|
2900 Division St W
|Type||Public High School|
|School district||Bemidji Area Schools|
|Principal||Dr. Jason Stanoch|
|Teaching staff||74.10 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||19.07|
|Campus||Waterfront, Suburban, 260 acres|
|Campus size||392,000 sq. ft|
|Color(s)||Navy and White|
Bemidji High School is a public high school in Bemidji, Minnesota. The school is situated on a 260-acre (1.1 km2) campus two miles (3 km) west of downtown Bemidji. The Mississippi River runs behind the high school. Constructed in 2000, Bemidji High School is the largest high school in the state in terms of square footage, and the largest in northern Minnesota in terms of student enrollment.
The high school received fame when it was featured on Larry the Cable Guy's new show, Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy. The show put much emphasis on the fact that BHS is the only high school in the world to offer a Curling class.
Prompted by aging facilities and an increasing student population, the district hired an architect to examine the district’s facility needs and develop solutions. The result is a new 392,000-square-foot (36,400 m2) high school on 260 heavily wooded acres bordered by the Mississippi River. The educational spaces are arranged in academic clusters, each featuring general-purpose classrooms, labs, spaces, a special project center and teacher planning centers. The project was officially completed in April 2001.
Bemidji High School's mascot is the Lumberjacks. The school offers boys and girls soccer, swimming, basketball, Nordic skiing, hockey, golf, tennis, baseball, softball, dance line, cross country, curling, cheerleading, wrestling, football, gymnastics, track and field and more.
Bemidji High School operates on a block type schedule. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday students have only four classes that are 90 minutes long. On Wednesdays, there is a homeroom class (between 9:46 and 10:19) that provides students with an opportunity to build relationships with a specific teacher. With this type of schedule, students are able to take more classes throughout the year.
Bemidji High School offers over 200 different class options to its students. BHS encompasses several Advanced Placement courses as well as Project Lead the Way courses into the school.
Bemidji High School offers a variety of different activities;
- Environmental Club
- Interact Club
- Art Club
- GSA (Gay straight alliance)
- Knowledge Bowl
- Link Crew
- Math league
- Mock Trial
- Model UN
- National Honor Society
- Outdoor Adventure Club
- Science Olympiad
- Speech Team
- Student Congress
- Student Council
Bemidji High School is home to two show choir organizations, La Voce Ballo (Women's, grades 9-12) and, Vocalmotive (Mixed, grades 9-12).
- Mike Falls, former NFL player
- Bryan Hickerson, former MLB pitcher
- Frank Mays, AFL player
- Bronko Nagurski, former NFL player
- Gary Sargent, former NHL player
- Gary Burger, lead singer of The Monks
- George Pelawa, 1986 Minnesota Mr. Hockey
- Joe Motzko, former NHL player