Provo High School

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Provo High School
1125 North University Avenue
Provo, Utah,
Type Public, High School
Faculty 86
Grades 7-12
Enrollment 1,936 (2005 figures)
Color(s) Green and White
Mascot Bulldog

Provo High School is a public secondary school located in Provo, Utah. It is one of three high schools in the Provo District. It is part of the Provo City School District and is the oldest existent secondary school in the city. In 2007 PHS became the first "IB World School" in Utah County.


Provo High School was founded in 1912. It did not graduate its first students until 1921. It originally met at Provo Center School and then a specific high school building was built in 1920. In 1923 an auditorium was built. The current building at the current location was built in 1956.[1]

Clubs and organizations[edit]


The current Principal of Provo High School is Ms. Karen Brown. There are three assistant principals: Mr. Boyd McAffee, Mr. Seth Hansen and Mr. Jason Garrison.[3]

Performing arts and athletics[edit]


The Provo High Soccer team is currently coached by Cesar Cardoso. The team took third in state in 2006-07.

Track and Cross Country[edit]

Both boys and girls track and cross country teams have been at the top of the region consistently. Their achievements include multiple region and state titles. The boys cross country and track teams most recently brought home the state title in 2005 and 2000, respectively.


Provo High has won more Utah state basketball championships than any other school ( PHS won the state basketball championship in 1941, '44, '45, '56, '73, '74, '78, '81, '83, '85, '87, '95, '97, '98, '04, '07 and 08.( The team is coached by Craig Drury who has won more Utah State high school basketball titles than any other coach in Utah. Provo won back to back titles in '07 & '08. They defeated the Payson Lions 43-37 to win the 2006-2007 championship. In 2007-2008, they defeated Bountiful 45-42.


The 1997 Provo High wrestling team was one of 12 teams to complete a 14-weight-class dual meet with a perfect score of 84. The team accomplished the feat on January 22, 1997[4] against its cross-town rival Timpview High School. Head coach for the team was Brian Preece, and the assistant head coach was Darren Hirsche. Preece was honored as the 2005-06 Utah Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association and Hirsche named the state's top assistant coach by the same organization. In 2006, Nathaniel Holt won his second state title and was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, also for the second straight year. Holt then placed second in the National High School Coaches Association Senior Nationals thus obtaining All-American status. In November 2014, Preece created the Provo High Wrestling Hall of Fame. Holt, along with former head coach Joe Martinez, Craig Prete (a two-time state champion), and current head coach Chris Miller (a two-time state champion and an Academic All-State recipient) were the inaugural inductees. Provo High won its only state title in wrestling in 1970 with Martinez as the head coach.


Coached by alumnus Vance Law, Provo High won the State Championship in 1997. In 2000 Lance Moore took the helm and the team placed second. Provo High finished third in state in 2002, 2007 and 2009. In 2007 Moore was named as the 4A Coach of the Year. Moore got his 200th career victory when the Bulldogs beat rival Timpview High School in 2013. As of July 2014, alumnus Adam Law is playing "A" level ball in the Dodger organization while his father, former Provo High head coach Vance Law, now works as a minor league hitting instructor in the Chicago White Sox organization.

Girl's Golf[edit]

Provo High's girls golf, led by head coach David Walker, took state in 2014. Naomi Soifua, just a freshman, was the 4A medalist.


The PHS choir department is currently under the direction of Kenny Wiser, and was previously directed by Cory Mendenhall. The choir department is composed of five choirs: Two beginning choirs, Ladies' Choir (SSA) and Men's Choir (TBB), which are open enrollment classes that work as starters for getting into the program. The other three choirs are audition only choirs. There is an Advanced Women's Ensemble, otherwise known by its new name, Bella Voice, composed of female voices, usually anywhere from 25-30 members. There is also a Chamber Choir, a 28 member choir with seven tenors, seven altos, seven sopranos, and seven basses, referred to as "PHS Singers." This amazing choir has been invited to travel to NY and sing in Carnegie Hall under the direction of Dr. Andre Thomas as part of the National Youth Choir. They were also selected to be the featured choir for the performance and had their own 15 minute segment during the performance. While in New York, the Chamber Singers sang the national anthem on The Today Show on March 27, 2009. They also performed at the Empire State Building and Ground Zero. The largest choir is the Concert Choir, ranging from anywhere to 50 to 110 members. During the Concert Choir's tour to Seattle in 2008, the Chamber Singers were selected to sing the national anthem at a Seattle Mariners baseball game. The concert choir in the 2007–2008 school year was the highest ranked choir in the state receiving a 1,1 plus, and a 1 plus plus. They were voted the best high school choir in the state of Utah.


The current drama teacher at Provo High is Bob Bauer, who has slowly gained a reputation for directing experimental theatre.[clarification needed] During Bauer's first year, 2005 to 2006, he directed both the school's musical, Beauty and the Beast, and The Servant of Two Masters. The 2006-07 musical was The Pirates of Penzance, and The Comedy of Errors showed the same year. Bauer's third year at PHS gave him the opportunity to direct Fiddler on the Roof and The Crucible. In his fourth year at Provo High (2008–2009), Bauer directed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Mother Courage and her Children. For the 2009-2010 school year in Bauer's fifth year at Provo High, he directed the musical "The Fantasticks" in the Spring, and in the Fall, he directed William Shakespeare's Henry V, For the 2010-2011 School Year Bauer directed Crazy For You and received overwhelming praise from audiences. In January 2011 Provo High School was invited to perform their rendition of "Antigone" at the Utah Theatre Association Conference, and in the Spring of 2011, he directed Tartuffe. He directed the musical Children of Eden in the Fall of 2011 and the play Transfiguration in the Spring of 2012. Currently, this Fall of 2012, he is directing Les Miserables, which opens on Friday, November 9, 2012. Also, each year in the Fall, a select group of his Drama students compete in the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City.


Angela Williams is the current head ballroom coach at Provo High School and has been since the 2000-2001 school year. In 2008–2009, the Varsity team placed second in Division 1 at the National Amateur Dancesport Championships with their Mary Poppins Standard Medley and they also placed Fifth in Division 1 with their all new Queen Latin Medley, while the Junior Varsity team placed Second Division 2 with their Mission Impossible Latin Medley (which the Varsity team debuted back in 2001) and Third with their Music of Majesty Standard Medley. The Varsity Team has placed first in National Amateur Dancesport Championships High School State Team Match for 10 years in a row, better than any other school in the state.

Both Varsity and JV teams have traveled on trips to St. George, Utah and Rexburg, Idaho. While the Varsity teams have traveled to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Sacramento, Long Beach and Catalina Island. They have also been able to perform at Disneyland Resort in CA and at Disney's California Adventure. Many of the alumni of this team have gone on to dance at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University on their tour teams. And have performed on Dancing with the Stars during their 2010 colligate competition.


For the 2012-2013 school year, Jared Hearld became Marching Band Director for Timpview High School. However, the transition was smooth enough that Provo High School Marching Band appeared in the Freedom Parade. Their songs were performance ready.

The band program at PHS was formerly directed by Jared Hearld. Some band ensembles at PHS include Percussion, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Ad.Jazz Band, Jazz Band Pep Band, and the fall and summer Marching Bands. The Wind Ensemble is the highest performing classical ensemble of the bands, and descends in the order of Symphonic and then Concert. The PHS Wind Ensemble was awarded straight Superiors at State Concert Band 2009 and received Excellent ratings at State Concert Band in 2008. The Jazz Band has received state and nationwide recognition, has one of the best trumpet sections in the state, and is the most advanced instrumental musical group in the school. In 2008, Provo High Marching Band placed first four times, with drumline winning best in class four times and Color Guard also winning best in class at Bridgerland. During the 2009 season, the PHS Marching band won 1st place at four competitions. In 2010; the band won 1st in class AAA at the BYU Marching Band Invitational, Timpanogos Marching Competition, and Bolder City Invitational, 2nd in class AAA at the Davis Cup and 3rd in class AAA at both the Nebo Competition and Riverton Marching. The band was also awarded multiple Music, Visual, Percussion and General Effect captions during the 2010 season.


Provo High's orchestra program is under the direction of Alan Allred, who began teaching at Provo High starting in 2010. He is also the Orchestra director at Timpview High School as well. The current program includes a Concert Orchestra and a Philharmonic Orchestra.

PHS-BYU partnerships[edit]

Due to its close proximity to Brigham Young University, Provo High has long operated as an informal local training ground for BYU's student teachers. From 1996 to 1999, PHS and BYU entered into a formal partnership with two primary goals: to improve the student teacher program and to work at retaining ninth grade students, who are statistically most likely to drop out of school.[5]

PHS Automotive[edit]

Provo High School automotive has won a significant amount of automotive contests on a regional level as well as a state level under the direction of McVea. In 2008, Provo High School students took first place in the Weber State University Automotive Contest, beating 24 teams from Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming. PHS Automotive has always done well in these contests.


Live Interactive/Concurrent Enrollment[edit]

Jeri Marshall is the coordinator for Live Interactive and Concurrent Enrollment. Students are able to take a class and receive college credit from Utah Valley University. These students must have a certain GPA and are typically Juniors and Seniors. Many students take advantage of this program and can earn anywhere from three credit hours to 30 credit hours.


Provo High School has many Advanced Placement courses available to students in all subjects: English, Art, Science, Social Studies, and Technology. These AP classes teach college material. Scoring a 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams allows students to receive college credit. Students taking an AP class are highly recommended to take an AP test at the end of the year, even if they do not pass the test. The experience is worthwhile and help motivate students to do better in class.


Provo High has an advanced program for 7-8th graders to take classes at the high school.

Notable alumni[edit]



Coordinates: 40°14′55″N 111°39′35″W / 40.24861°N 111.65972°W / 40.24861; -111.65972