Grand Rapids High School

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Grand Rapids High School
Grand Rapids, Minnesota
United States
Type Public Secondary
Principal Jim Smokrovich
Grades 9-12
Number of students 978
School color(s) Orange and Black
Mascot Thunderhawk
radio "Thunderhawk Talk"

Grand Rapids High School is a four year public high school located in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on 800 Conifer Drive. GRHS offers a wide range of extra curricular activities, and has one of the few competitive field show marching band programs north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

GRHS' Student Council and the school facility served as the host of the 2010 Minnesota Student Council State Convention in April. The Theme was "Survivor Northwoods: Leadership By Nature"


Grand Rapids High School, "GRHS", is one of the two high schools in Independent School District 318. The school was founded in 1895. The school was the first in Northern Minnesota to offer courses in the International Baccalaureate program, and as of 2013 offered the University Of Minnesota's College in the Schools Program, and Project Lead the Way, a project in conjunction with the Itasca Community College. GRHS's school song is the "Rapids Rouser".

GRHS is one of few schools that have two homecomings, the traditional Fall Homecoming for American football and a winter homecoming for ice hockey. The school also has a "Spring Fling", similar to a homecoming week. All three events are usually a week long, with a different dress-up theme each day, with Friday being Orange & Black (the school colors) Day. Friday also commonly has a shortened class schedule with a pep fest in the afternoon.

Technical education[edit]

GRHS has a technical education center with much equipment, from a CAD computer lab to a CNC plasma cutter, CNC Router, CNC Lathe, and 3D Printer for making computer-designed parts.


As of 2013 all of the schools athletics were under the direction of activities director Anne Campbell. Wayne Pender retired from the post of athletics director in 2008.[1]

Coordinates: 47°14′54″N 93°32′38″W / 47.2483333°N 93.5438889°W / 47.2483333; -93.5438889[2]


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