Helena High School

This article is about a high school in Montana. For the high school in Alabama, see Helena High School (Alabama).

Coordinates: 46°35′43″N 112°01′08″W / 46.59528°N 112.01889°W / 46.59528; -112.01889

Helena High School
1300 Billings Avenue
Helena, Montana
Type Public high school
Established 1876
School district Helena Public School District
Principal Steve Thennis
Teaching staff Staff Directory
Grades 9 through 12
Enrollment 1,674
Color(s)         Cardinal red and white
Athletics AA (largest class in Montana)
Mascot Bengals
Rival Helena Capital High School
Accreditation Montana Office of Public Instruction
Website Helena High Web site

Helena High School is a public high school for grades 9 through 12 located in Helena, Montana. It is part of the Helena Public School District. Founded in September 1876, it is the oldest high school in the state of Montana.[1] A new building was completed in August 1935 and it was almost destroyed a few months later in the 1935 Helena earthquake.[2] In 1955, the building became Helena Junior High School (now Helena Middle School) and Helena High School moved into its present location at 1300 Billings Avenue, just off Montana Avenue.


Four foreign languages are taught at Helena High: French, German, Latin, and Spanish. The English Department, with 22 faculty, offers instruction in English literature and composition, as well as elective studies. Students are encouraged to take honors English and Advanced Placement (AP) during junior and senior year. Elective offerings include debate, speech, journalism, and creative writing. An AP Language elective for juniors and seniors is new for 2009-2010.

Notable alumni


  1. Superintendent of Public Instruction, p. 57. Accessed 2011-05-10.
  2. "Helena, Montana 1935 10 19 04:48 UTC (local 10/18) Magnitude 6.3 Intensity VIII". Historic Earthquakes. USGS. 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  3. Max Baucus. "A National Leader With Montana Values". Max Baucus. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
  4. "Carol Ann Judge, 73". Daily Inter Lake. 2014-12-13. Retrieved 2015-01-04.
  5. "Dr. A.L. Strand Elected President State College to Succeed Dr. Atkinson." Helena Independent. July 13, 1937.


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