Helena High School

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Helena High School
The original building, circa 1891
1300 Billings Avenue

Type Public high school
School district Helena Public School District
PrincipalSteve Thennis
Campus DirectorStephanie Thennis
Teaching staff Staff Directory
Grades9 through 12
Enrollment1,574 (2016-17) [1]
Color(s)        Cardinal red and white
Athletics AA (largest class in Montana)
Mascot Bengals
Nickname HHS
Rival Helena Capital High School
Accreditation Montana Office of Public Instruction

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. [2] A new building was completed in August 1935 and it was almost destroyed a few months later in the 1935 Helena earthquake. [3] 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.

State schools are generally primary or secondary schools mandated for or offered to all children without charge, funded in whole or in part by taxation.

Helena, Montana State capital city in Montana, United States

Helena is the state capital of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County.

Helena Public Schools is a public school district located in Helena, Montana, United States.


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 and Advanced Placement (AP) in English, math, science, and history. There are also many elective options.

French language Romance language

French is a Romance language of the Indo-European family. It descended from the Vulgar Latin of the Roman Empire, as did all Romance languages. French evolved from Gallo-Romance, the spoken Latin in Gaul, and more specifically in Northern Gaul. Its closest relatives are the other langues d'oïl—languages historically spoken in northern France and in southern Belgium, which French (Francien) has largely supplanted. French was also influenced by native Celtic languages of Northern Roman Gaul like Gallia Belgica and by the (Germanic) Frankish language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders. Today, owing to France's past overseas expansion, there are numerous French-based creole languages, most notably Haitian Creole. A French-speaking person or nation may be referred to as Francophone in both English and French.

German language West Germanic language

German is a West Germanic language that is mainly spoken in Central Europe. It is the most widely spoken and official or co-official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol (Italy), the German-speaking Community of Belgium, and Liechtenstein. It is also one of the three official languages of Luxembourg and a co-official language in the Opole Voivodeship in Poland. The languages which are most similar to German are the other members of the West Germanic language branch: Afrikaans, Dutch, English, the Frisian languages, Low German/Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, and Yiddish. There are also strong similarities in vocabulary with Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, although those belong to the North Germanic group. German is the second most widely spoken Germanic language, after English.

Latin Indo-European language of the Italic family

Latin is a classical language belonging to the Italic branch of the Indo-European languages. The Latin alphabet is derived from the Etruscan and Greek alphabets and ultimately from the Phoenician alphabet.

Extracurricular activities

There are many extra-curricular clubs and activities for students to get involved at Helena High School. [4] School athletic teams include:

Notable alumni

Max Baucus American politician

Max Sieben Baucus is a retired American politician and diplomat who served as a United States Senator from Montana from 1978 to 2014. A member of the Democratic Party, he was a U.S. Senator for nearly 36 years, making him the longest-serving Senator in Montana history. President Barack Obama appointed Baucus to replace Gary Locke as the 11th United States Ambassador to China, a position that he held from 2014 until 2017.

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  1. "Helena High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  2. Superintendent of Public Instruction, p. 57. Accessed 2011-05-10.
  3. "Helena, Montana 1935 10 19 04:48 UTC (local 10/18) Magnitude 6.3 Intensity VIII". Historic Earthquakes. USGS. 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  4. http://hhs.helenaschools.org/extracurricular/activities/ Helena High School website
  5. Max Baucus. "A National Leader With Montana Values". Max Baucus. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
  6. "Carol Ann Judge, 73". Daily Inter Lake . 2014-12-13. Retrieved 2015-01-04.
  7. "Ulva Pippy dies in Bozeman". The Independent Record. Montana, Helena. April 14, 1978. p. 1. Retrieved December 9, 2018 via Newspapers.com. Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
  8. "Dr. A.L. Strand Elected President State College to Succeed Dr. Atkinson." Helena Independent. July 13, 1937.


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