Hibbing High School

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Hibbing High School
Hibbing High School 2014.jpg
Hibbing High School from the north
Hibbing High School is located in Minnesota
Hibbing High School
Hibbing High School is located in the US
Hibbing High School
Location 801 East 21st Street
Hibbing, Minnesota
Coordinates 47°25′33″N 92°55′57″W / 47.4257°N 92.9324°W / 47.4257; -92.9324Coordinates: 47°25′33″N 92°55′57″W / 47.4257°N 92.9324°W / 47.4257; -92.9324
Area 2.5 acres (1.0 ha)
Built 1919–1924
Architect W. T. Bray
Architectural style Tudor Revival, Jacobethan Revival
NRHP reference # 80004351[1]
Added to NRHP August 11, 1980

Hibbing High School is a public grade 7-12 high school in Hibbing, Minnesota, United States. The school building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As the Hull-Rust-Mahoning Mine expanded, iron ore was discovered under the existing town of Hibbing around 1918. The entire town of Hibbing was moved two miles south to make way for the expanding mine. The high school was built in 1920 at a cost of $4 million, bankrolled by the mining industry, which wanted to make the move more palatable for those being displaced. It also satisfied immigrants' desire for their children's education.[2]

The school features a lavishly decorated 1800-seat auditorium patterned after the Capitol Theatre in New York City. The chandeliers were built at a cost of $15,000 each, with cut glass from Belgium. They are now each insured for $250,000. The auditorium also contains a 1900-pipe organ from the Barton Organ Company, which can play any orchestra instrument except for the violin.[3]

The school was listed on the National Register of Historic Places School for its lavish Jacobethan architecture and association with the mutual desire by corporations and residents for improved public education as the mining industry mechanized.[4] Hibbing High School received the Bellamy Award in 1968, an honor given to one school nationwide annually to remember Francis Bellamy, the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, and to acknowledge and encourage the teaching of patriotism and good citizenship.[5]

On November 26, 1996 construction on a new addition to the building caused a fire. Although the fire was extinguished before it reached the original building, a significant amount of smoke damage had occurred. School had to be suspended for over a month while cleaning took place.

Bob Dylan and Kevin McHale are two famous alumni of Hibbing High School.[3]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Weinberger, Mark (2008). Minnesota Off the Beaten Path: A Guide to Unique Places. Globe Pequot.
  3. ^ a b "Hibbing High School". Iron Range Tourism Bureau. Archived from the original on 2011-01-14.
  4. ^ Skrief, Charles (1979-09-10). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form: Hibbing High School". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  5. ^ "Bellamy Award | Preservation of Chattanooga Central History". chattanoogacentralhistory.com. Retrieved 2017-09-22.

External links

  • Hibbing Public Schools
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