Helena High School

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Helena High School
The original building, circa 1891
1300 Billings Avenue
Helena , Montana
Type Public high school
Established 1876
School district Helena Public School District
Principal Steve Thennis
Campus Director Stephanie Thennis
Teaching staff Staff Directory
Grades 9 through 12
Enrollment 1,622 (2015-16) [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.


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.

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


  1. "Helena High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  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. "Dr. A.L. Strand Elected President State College to Succeed Dr. Atkinson." Helena Independent. July 13, 1937.