What’s so offensive about a Proud Ancestry?
BOISE HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY
In 1903, the booming population of the Boise School District dictated the replacement of Central School, which housed the district’s secondary students, with a new high school. The district purchased land on Washington Street, and the new high school was built in the center of the block. The school was a two story structure and, upon its opening, board members asserted that this was a building large enough to serve Boise for all time.
In 1908, an east wing was added to the center section. The architecture of this addition was of a more modern design and the outside was white brick rather than the usual red bricks of this period of time. In 1912 the west wing was added, using the same architectural style as was used in the east wing. In 1922, the red brick middle section was replaced with a matching white brick structure with an entryway featuring huge columns. This section included a state of the art auditorium that was used by both the school and the community. The new section had a basement and three floors.
In 1919, the Industrial Arts Building was constructed adjacent to the main building This building housed the Boise High print shop, where, for half a century, much of the District’s printing was done.
In 1936 a new gymnasium was built. Students had saved their nickels and dimes and put them in a fund which covered some costs of the structure. The new gym replaced the cracker box located in the basement of the main building. The ceiling in the old gym was so low it interfered with the playing of the game of basketball. The WPA furnished the labor to build the gym.
In 1957, a new music building was added on the west side of the gym. The two blocks west of the school were purchased in the early 1960’s and turned into an athletic complex for practicing football, track and tennis.
In the late 50’s and early 60’s, Boise became more metropolitan, and students from the Baby Boom generation began to arrive in the city’s high schools. Growth on the west bench necessitated construction of a new high school, Borah, in 1958. In 1965, the district’s third high school, Capital, opened on Goddard Street in Northwest Boise.
The 1980’s were a period of rapid growth in the southeast area of the city, as Boise gained a nationwide reputation as a nice place to raise a family. In the late 80’s, Boise High’s population began to explode, and enrollments were closed for some classes. At the same time, the old building began to show its age, and the Board of Trustees undertook several studies of possibilities for replacement of the school. Public debate raged for almost three years; a bond issue which had as its key element the refurbishment of the high school failed in Spring, 1993. In 1995, the Board voted to run another bond for the construction of two new junior highs and two new elementary schools and the improvement of many buildings. The February bond election passed, with over 70% of electors voting yes.
Our Mission, Principles & Beliefs
Through academic achievement and character development, the Boise High community will provide the essential knowledge and skills for students to make a significant impact on the diversified world in which we live.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES WE HONOR
SCHOOL BELIEFS INVENTORY
ALL STUDENTS NEED TO ACHIEVE TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITY.
Learning can be enjoyable and rewarding, but it requires students to work to their maximum potential. Boise High School has high academic standards for its students because they have the ability and the desire to succeed. The school is responsible for providing a competent staff and a climate that is conducive to effective learning. Students are responsible for making a commitment to their educational program and offering their best efforts in every class.
ALL STUDENTS NEED TO MAKE CONSISTENT ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY A DAILY EXPERIENCE.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to benefit fully from in-class learning experiences without regular daily attendance. New teaching technologies and instructional strategies simulate the workplace experience more than ever before. Cooperative and collaborative groups work best when every class member is present every day.
ALL STUDENTS NEED TO MAKE THEIR HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION THEIR TOP PRIORITY.
The school day is a full time job and deserves students’ full attention and participation. Out-of-school employment should be limited to weekends so that students have time to complete homework assignments and participate in extracurricular activities.
ALL STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW AND RESPECT OUR SCHOOL’S RULES OF BEHAVIOR.
The best learning takes place in an orderly environment. It is every student’s responsibility to contribute to a safe and orderly school climate. Living with values and ideals that demonstrate respect for self, for family, and for community, contribute to a student’s success and achievement. Resolving conflicts through mediation, keeping appointments with teachers, turning work in on time, attending class consistently, being punctual, valuing the diversity of the school’s population and supporting school activities are just a few of the ways in which students can be responsible, significant members of their school community.
COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE
If you see something that truly doesn’t make sense…say something now!
Contact the following Boise High School Administrators and let them know how you feel about changing the more than 100 year old mascot:
Robb Thompson – Principal 208-854-427 email Mr. Thompson
Kelly Fossceco – Asst. Principal A-G 208-854-4280 email Ms. Fossceco
Jeff Roberts – Assist. Principal H-O 208-854-4265 email Mr. Roberts
Trevor McKenna – Assist. Principal P-Z 208-854-4281 email Mr. McKenna
Brian Barber – Athletic Director 208-854-432 email Mr. Barber
Click the links below for more information About BHS:
HERE WE GO AGAIN…BUT WHY? What’s so offensive?
Boise High has made the news lately. It seems that the powers that be have decided that the mascot that was on the side of the gym had to go. The offensive picture was that of a Native American Warrior ready for battle with a knife and tomahawk. Despite no apparent outcry from the community, school officials painted over the ‘offending’ image. And you thought you lived in Idaho. Welcome to California, or is it Portland? The reaction was predictable. The list of the usual progressives lauded the decision by the school as a step in the right direction. Others complained that the current logo, a few feathers, and a B, belittle the legacy of the Boise High tradition.
Aren’t we living in Idaho? I believe most of us would’ve liked to have heard whether or not anyone had a problem with the image before the school officials gave it a paint job. It’s amazing that the Cleveland Indians, the Washington Redskins, and the Florida State Seminoles continue to draw huge crowds and entertain fans. I guess those folks are not as sensitive or enlightened as the Boise High Cadre.
We’ve become so politically correct that shows like Seinfeld, the Jeffersons, and All in the Family could not be broadcast today. I was once ordered, not here, by a radio station manager not to play the theme from the Jeffersons because it’s racist. My arguments of the first amendment were squashed by my need to make a mortgage payment.
In today’s world, we find any perceived slight as a reason to be outraged. In fact, there’s an entire industry on television dedicated to exploiting the faux outrage over any incident. The danger is that folks are using expression to silence dissent. Recently, one person complained about someone wearing a ‘Don’t tread on me’ hat to work. An overly sensitive bureaucrat, like the folks a Boise High, has deemed the hat racially offensive.
The examples could go on and on, most of us don’t have the time or patience to debate these issues. Until one day we say, enough is enough. Real courage is not pandering to be politically correct. Real courage, is defending everyone’s right to an opinion.
CONTACT the IDAHO STATE BOARD of EDUCATION Members below and let them know this mascot change doesn’t make any sense:
(These are elected officials and IDAHO VOTERS need to let them know how they feel)
The State Board of Education consists of eight voting board members. Seven of the eight voting members are appointed by the governor for terms of five years. The eighth voting member, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, is an ex-officio voting member elected to a term of four years.