Ben Lomond High School

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Ben Lomond High School
Ben Lomond
Address
1080 9th St.
Ogden, Utah,
Coordinates 41°15′00″N 111°57′06″W / 41.25000°N 111.95167°W / 41.25000; -111.95167Coordinates: 41°15′00″N 111°57′06″W / 41.25000°N 111.95167°W / 41.25000; -111.95167
Information
Type Public
Principal Dale Wilkinson
Vice principal Roger Snow
Vice principal Jennifer Thornell
Grades 10-12
Enrollment 1100
Color(s) Royal Stewart Plaid (Red, White, Blue)
Mascot Scots
Website

Ben Lomond High School is a secondary school located in Ogden, Utah, currently educating students in grades 10–12. As of 2013, the school principal is Mr. Dale Wilkinson who is a BLHS alumni ('76). Ben Lomond High school is a comprehensive high school within the Ogden City School District.

History[edit]

Ben Lomond High School gets its name from the nearby Ben Lomond which was named by Scottish settlers since the mountain reminded them of its namesake Ben Lomond in Scotland on the shores of Loch Lomond. This local cultural influence gave the school its theme, including bagpipers, Royal Stewart tartan, Scots, and students are known as "Friendly Fighting Scots".

The school was originally to be called North East Ogden High School with school colors of black and red and the spikes (a reference to the golden spike driven in to the Transcontinental railroad) as the mascot; however, at the very first assembly held on the floor of the wood shop (the school was yet to be finished) the students offered up their opinion that since the school was closest to Ben Lomond it should be named hence. "We weren’t going to Ogden High and we didn't want to be called Ogden High" one student recalled fifty years later. After renaming the school, the "Scot" became the mascot and the school's colors were changed to red, white and blue, the colors of traditional Scottish uniforms (Stewart tartan).

Rivalry[edit]

Ben Lomond has a long running rivalry with Ogden High School which culminates each year with the season final football game known as the "Iron Horse" game. The winner of this game takes possession of a trophy called the Iron Horse which depicts two trains meeting head-to-head, one train reading BLHS and the other OHS. The base of the trophy is adorned with plaques that are inscribed with a year (1954–present) and the name of that year's victorious school. In the most recent game, the 2013 Iron Horse game, held September 27, 2013, Ben Lomond lost to OHS 17-20.

Renovations[edit]

In June 2006, residents of Ogden passed a bond to obtain money to reconstruct and renovate Ben Lomond High and other Ogden City schools. A partial demolition commenced in June 2007 on Ben Lomond's library media center, English/Freshmen building, ceramics room, courtyard, boiler/furnace room, the ROTC drill field and two JROTC classrooms, and was completed in September 2007. Construction of a new building, was completed in August 2010. This included the construction of new classrooms along with new cafeteria and commons area, the new Media Center, new office area, and a ‘facelift’ to areas not replaced by new construction. The auditorium and gym areas were part of a ‘facelift’ but were not replaced. The entry of the school has been changed to face 9th Street in a southeasterly direction with a new address of 1080 9th Street. The renovation of Ben Lomond High School was awarded the Mountain States Construction Silver Award for grades K-12 in 2010.[1]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trotter, Rachel. "Award given to Ben Lomond High School for design, construction". www.standard.net. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 

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