Talk:South High School (Minneapolis)

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I'm a little suspicious of the claim that the current South High building was constructed to be a "fortress". The 1970 Kent State shootings aren't terribly relevant to the building, as the building was begun in 1968 and designed sometime before. There were a lot of buildings of the time that were built in a similar warehouse-like style, office buildings, apartments and schools.

Are there any references from 1968 which state that this was built to be a fortress?--RLent 19:08, 4 April 2006 (UTC)

The Kent State shootings aren't exactly relevant, but it's an example of something that was going on at the time that was a sign of the times. You can change it if you like. The sources for the history were old, old documents I found in the Minneapolis Central Public Library in 2002, I don't remember if the source specifically called it a "fortress" (though I think it did.) Feel free to make changes as you see fit, but I think the basic concept of that section is correct. Grandmasterka 00:01, 5 April 2006 (UTC)
I found this from the Star Tribune. I think it backs up the statement nicely. Eóin (talk) 23:22, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

South High is a brick fortress ringed with tamped dirt and a sidewalk littered with spit and cigarette butts. Its reinforced steel doors are battered and smeared, and there are no ground-floor windows. Second-floor windows are opaque reinforced glass as narrow as archers' slits. It is pure antiriot architecture, built in 1970 when race rioting was expected. [1]

I'm not sure if this is the right place to mention this, but could this article possibly stand some scrutiny wrt NPV?


After the 1981-82 school year, MPLS high schools merged and closed West, Marshall-University and Central High Schools. I was a student at M-U (class of '83) who spent my senior year at South. Anyone have any information about that merger? I think it is an important time in the MPLS high school history. I was interviewed along with a Natasha ___ by the Star Tribune about our feelings as a student experiencing the merger. I was also the Captain of the Swim Team that set many records that year and began a trend of success for the swim teams at South High. Our swim team had 4 captains that year, two from South, one from M-U and one from central. The basketball team did well and so did the football team I believe (with Rod Lassiter? going on to play some pro football).

- Jon Nitschke

Who is Steven Jenkins?[edit]

He attended South High, but who is he?

A joke, of course. this page has been vandalized numerous times by the IP address that added that. Grandmasterka 06:02, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

I attend South High and I know that they're are over 2000 students in the school. I attend South High and there are under 2000 students there. The number is thrown around a lot but ask Zee in the main office and she will tell you that it is under 2000.

What does Zee know? I'm e-mailing her, but what does she know? She thinks she's so smart. Who are you?

I'm changing the number of students to 2000+. Look here: It says: "In 1893, South High began as four rooms in the third floor attic of Adams School on Franklin and Bloomington Avenues. Today, [b]over 2000 students attend South High[/b]."

I contacted the South High Office today (Sept.1, 2006) and they say the current enrollment is 2,060. This is not even close to being the largest publicly funded high school in Minnesota. For example, Wayzata High School reports an estimated enrollment of 3,200 for this fall. (I also just called them today too.) --it says "in Minneapolis" not "in Minnesota" and Wayzata isn't a school it's a bunch of tennis courts that happen to have students around. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:58, 9 June 2009 (UTC)


Shouldn't there be a section about theater at South? The theater program at South is pretty notable, and extremely prolific... *gleams*

If a section of the Theater department is included, a section about the Music program should also be there. I was a total band geek when I was at SHS.-- (talk) 07:38, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

Star Room Protest[edit]

In the first week of October, 2007, a student organized protest of the administration's "Star Room" tardy policy was held in which about 200 students refused to go to class after first hour.

I was there, I am a senior at South High School, and it was at LEAST 500 people. Where does the number 200 come from? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:11, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Please, if there is no source for the number I will fix it. If there's a source, please let me know. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:52, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

I was there in the late 1990s and we held mutiple protests. Not to mention the students during the Vietnam war era. it would be rediculous to have a section about every protest! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:00, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

Historical images[edit]

Found some old images from the Minnesota Historical Society. I don't know exactly what pictures show what, so I'm leaving them here so a more knowledgeable person to place them. This page also has some photos but I can't tell their copyright status right now. [1] Eóin (talk) 22:32, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

Class of 1991 - 20 Year Reunion[edit]

Calling all Tigers.. we are still loud and proud 20 years later. Get all the reunion details, register/rsvp, buy tkts and post your memories at our website:

  1. ^ Winegar, Karin (June 13, 1990), "Diversity is one lesson at South High", Star Tribune