White Bear Lake Area High School

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White Bear Lake Area High School
White Bear Lake, Minnesota, USA
Coordinates 45°2′55″N 93°0′25″W / 45.04861°N 93.00694°W / 45.04861; -93.00694Coordinates: 45°2′55″N 93°0′25″W / 45.04861°N 93.00694°W / 45.04861; -93.00694
Type Public
Motto Strive for Excellence
Established 1983
School district White Bear Lake Area Schools
Principal Don Bosch (North Campus)
Tim Wald (South Campus)
Mollie Wise (South Campus 916 Area)
Enrollment 2358
Color(s) Orange and Black and white
Mascot White Bear
Rival Hill-Murray High School, all SEC schools

White Bear Lake Area High School (abbreviated WBLAHS) is a high school in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, United States. The school was formed by merging White Bear High School (WBHS) and White Bear Mariner High School in the 1983–84 school year. It currently consists of two campuses and an alternative learning center. North Campus houses grades nine and ten, while South Campus serves grades eleven and twelve, and also contains a special education section separate from the high school. WBLAHS is the only school in the state of Minnesota—and one of only two in the entire country—with grades 9-10 and 11-12 in different buildings.

North Campus[edit]

North Campus, the previous White Bear High School, is located in the north side of White Bear Lake, north west of downtown White Bear Lake, and was built in 1964. The school houses students grades 9-10. The campus features some unique architectural design elements, including circular hallways.

South Campus[edit]

What is now known as South Campus was built in 1971 and opened late in the Summer of '72 as White Bear Mariner High School. In contrast to North Campus, South's floor plan was originally open, consisting of only minimal walls between classrooms. In 1983, upon merging with White Bear High School, the building was remodeled to hold grades eleven and twelve, and a more traditional design was achieved by adding interior walls throughout.[1] The building has since been expanded multiple times. In early 90's ten classrooms were added in the southeast corner of the building. A weight room and fitness center was added in 2005. The Mariner Theater stage was renovated in 2010, converting the space from a lecture hall/small stage theater to an acoustic venue worthy of housing White Bear's award winning vocal and instrumental programs.

The South Campus houses a self-contained secondary special education school, operated and owned by Intermediate District 916 North East Metro School District, as well as special education classrooms. This facility was renovated in 2009.

Alternative Learning Center[edit]

Housed in the former Golfview Elementary, a few blocks away from South Campus, is White Bear Lake's alternative secondary program. This school houses secondary students grades 10 - 12 who are unable to participate in a traditional high school environment, including those who are not achieving to their potential, are parents, or have a day job. The building also contains the Insight program, a curriculum designed for students recovering from drug abuse and addictions.[2]



The White Bear Lake Cheer team has taken first at the Minnesota State Cheer off in 2010 and 2012.[citation needed] They also won the NCA Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky in 2012 and 2013.[citation needed]


White Bear High School won the Minnesota State Class AA Football Championship in 1976. Coached by Fred Konrath, the team posted a 12-0 record and finished the season with a 14-13 overtime win over Cloquet. The team held opponents to an average of less than one touchdown per game. As the only undefeated large school class (AA) football team in Minnesota, the 1976 Bears received a ranking of No. 17th in the Nation.[3] White Bear Lake has developed and maintained a strong tradition of football from its youth leagues through its High School. After 19 years under Bob Jackson running the option, Ryan Bartlett took over coaching in 2012 leading a spread offense.[citation needed]


The varsity basketball team won Minnesota state titles in 1984 and 1985, posting identical 26-0 records in both seasons, and beating Minneapolis North High School in both finals. The fifty-two game win streak came to an end in the first game of the 1986 season with a loss to conference rival Woodbury High School.[citation needed]

In 2009, the Girls' Basketball team competed in the state tournament but lost in the first round, in the 2009-2010 season the bears went undefeated 18-0 in the conference and finished 2nd in the state.[citation needed] In the 2010-2011 season the bears finished in the number one spot in the conference.[citation needed]


AWBLAHS has never won a first-round game in the State High School Hockey Tournament either as WBL HS or its current iteration, a streak that as of a loss in the first round of the 2011 tournament stood at 0-18.[citation needed] WBLAHS did take the consolation championship in 1990, 1994, 2003 and 2005. Mariner HS did advance to the 1982 Minnesota State Hockey Championship game where they were beaten by Edina High School, 6-0. White Bear Lake and Hill Murray, a local private school, have a long-standing rivalry in hockey. Some consider it amongst the most heated high school rivalries in the nation. In 2011, Hill-Murray was ranked first in the state and the nation entering the section tournament. In a game that will be remembered as one of the greatest in the rivalry, White Bear defeated Hill-Murray 5-4 in double overtime in front of a capacity crowd to earn its first state tournament appearance since 2005.


The 2007 boys Lacrosse team won the MBSLA State Championship with an undefeated season going 15-0.[4] The Bears outscored their opponents with an impressive 199 to 46 goal differential.[5] 2007 was the first year that the Minnesota State High School League recognized Lacrosse as a state sanctioned sport leaving it up to the individual school districts to determine whether or not it was feasible to enter the MSHL. Prior to the 2007 year each high school team played in the Minnesota Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association (MBSLA), White Bear Lake Area H.S. officials cited budgetary issues as the reason for waiting to officially join the MSHL in 2009. The 2007 State Champions were anchored by a cohesive group of seniors who had been playing together since they started the first ever White Bear Lake Lacrosse team in 2001/02 as 7th graders, with additional contributions from a handful of underclassmen. After paying their dues as provisional team in 2004, the Bears officially entered the MBSLA for competition in 2005. Brandon Husak, a Roseville Area High School graduate and State champion in 2001 and 2002 has been the coach of the boys program since 2002/03. Since the Bears first year of High School competition in 2005 Coach Husak has posted an outstanding record of 102 wins and 30 losses and most Recently Coach Husak led the Bears to the MSHL State semi-finals in 2013.[6]

Track and Cross Country[edit]

  • People
    • 2013: current head coaches include Dan Kovacich, boys cross-country; Patti Percival, girls cross-country; Tom Paulson, boys track & field; and Richard Samuelson, girls track & field.[7]
    • 1975: Lyle Helke coached the Mariner and WBLAHS girls cross-country teams for twenty years from 1975-2006.
    • 1972: Don Glover coached the Mariner and WBLAHS boys track & field and cross-country teams beginning in 1972. He coached Mariner to a State Class AA championship in 1975. He was named Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 1981.[8]
    • 1967: Joe Tamillo coached the WBHS boys cross-country team and the distance runners of the boys track & field team beginning in 1967. He is a member of the Minnesota Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame.[9]
    • 1967: Pete Heaney coached the Central Junior High School cross-country team beginning about the 1960s.
    • 1960: Paul King coached the Central Junior High School track & field team beginning about the 1960s.
    • 1957: Ron Sass coached the WBHS (and later WBLAHS) boys track & field team beginning about 1957. He was named Minnesota Coach of the Year. His teams won MN State Track & Field championships in 1971 and 1988.[10]
    • 1942: Wayne Slocum coached the WBHS boys track & field and cross-country teams from about 1942 to about 1964 (with an absence to serve in the USNR). He is a member of the Minnesota Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame.[9]
  • Milestones
    • 2010: the White Bear Lake 4x200 meter relay placed in the State Meet in 2008 (6th), 2009 (1st), and 2010(1st). In 2010 they also set a new all time state record with a time of 1:27.63.
    • 1988: White Bear boys' track team wins Minnesota State High School League Championship held at White Bear South Campus.
    • 1987: White Bear boys' track team wins State True Team Championship.
    • 1978: White Bear Mariner Track & Field Girls won Conference. (WB Press 5/1978)
    • 1978: Mariner Boys Cross Country Team, coached by Don Glover, took second in the MN State Cross-Country Meet.[11]
    • 1978: Kelly Moss was 2nd in the 800 yards with a time of 2:16 at the State High School Track Meet and set a school record. (WB Press 6/2/1978)
    • 1978: Jane Hammerstrom was 5th in the State Two Mile with 11:24 at the State H.S. Track Finals and set a school record. (WB Press 6/3/1978)
    • 1978 and 2012: Mike Gebeke of White Bear Mariner Boys Track Team won the State Track Mile in 4:16 in 1978. Don Glover was his coach. His son Eric Gebeke won the State H.S. Finals for 800 meters in 2012. (White Bear Press, Fall 1977 to Summer 1978; WBL High School Records).
    • 1977: White Bear Mariner Cross Country Girls won Conference and Regions. (WB Press 10/16/1977)
    • 1977: Mariner Girls Cross Country Team, coached by Lyle Helke, won the MN State Cross Country Meet. (WB Press 11/4/1977)
    • 1977: Kitty Ho was the top runner for Mariner from 1976–77 and placed 5th in the mile run at the 1977 State High School Track Meet. Her best mile was 5:13. Jane Hammerstrom placed 9th with a time of 5:19.
    • 1976: Junior distance runner Angie King of White Bear Mariner, coached by Lyle Helke, placed 10th in the MN State Cross Country Meet. (WB Press 11/1976)
    • 1975: Mariner track & field Boys team, coached by Don Glover, won the MN State Track & Field Meet (held that year at St. Cloud Apollo High School).
    • 1974: Craig Wilson, Doug Lemay, Dave Knight and Paul Juba set the State Indoor record for the 2 Mile Relay at the University of Minnesota Field House.
    • 1967-1972: WBHS Cross Country teams, coached by Joe Tamillo, qualified for the MN State Cross Country Meet each year, finishing no lower than 6th place, and finishing second three times.
    • 1972: WBHS boys cross-country team, coached by Joe Tamillo, took second in the MN State Cross-Country Meet.
    • 1972: Craig Wilson set all-time course records for Princeton (now Milaca Mega-meet) and Little Falls.
    • 1972: Distance runner Dennis Fee broke the MN Boys High School Track & Field record for the two-mile run. Fee's 2-mile record of 9:02.7 stood for decades and was only eclipsed in the 21st century by times converted from the 3200-meter run (approximately 20 meters shorter than the two-mile run). Fee was the state cross country runner-up in both 1970 and 1971.[11]
    • 1970: WBHS boys cross-country team, coached by Joe Tamillo, took second in the MN State Cross-Country Meet.
    • 1970: Dennis Fee set the all-time Goodrich course record in the Regional Cross Country meet.
    • 1970: Cross Country Team had all seven varsity runners earn All-Conference honors by placing in the top 10 in the Conference Meet.
    • 1971: Mark Kittleson State Track Champion in the 1/2 Mile, Dennis Fee State Champion in the 2 Mile, Team Champions.
    • 1967: Ron Watters State Cross Country Champion.
    • 1967: WBHS boys cross-country team, coached by Joe Tamillo, took second in the MN State Cross-Country Meet.
    • 1966: WBHS boys cross-country team, coached by Paul Mork, won the MN State Cross-Country Meet.


The Boys Golf team has also won the 1971, 2000 and 2004 State Championship with Grant Lissick (2000) and Andy Paulson (2004) winning the individual titles.[citation needed] The 2004 State Championship came with the distinction that all of the players hailed from public (rather than private) courses.


The White Bear Lake Archery team has won the state tournament for Minnesota in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.


  • The White Bear Lake Bowling Team won the state title in 2005, led by co-captains Steven Hodgson and Jeff Lunda, who were on Minnesota's top 75 High School Bowlers list that same season. White Bear Lake also posted a state championship in 2008. It had two top 6 athletes in the state in 2009, being Neil Cooley and Austin Jahnke.

Notable athletes[edit]


White Bear Lake has a state-renown theater program.[citation needed] The program involves White Bear Lake High School students of all grades in musicals and plays. In recent years, White Bear Lake has featured such musicals as Grease, Oklahoma!, Beauty and the Beast, Urinetown, West Side Story, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. They have also produced plays such as Much Ado About Nothing, Twelve Angry Men, and Treasure Island.

Other activities[edit]

  • As of 2006, White Bear Lake had the third ranked classic debate team in Minnesota.[citation needed]
  • White Bear's 2007 mock trial team finished second in the state, going 8-0 through regional and state tournament competition but losing their first match in the state championship round.
  • The White Bear Lake Mock Trial team took second in state in 2008.
  • The White Bear Lake FIRST robotics team #2207 was added as a school activity during the 2007 school year with Mr. Cava as their advisory, and engineers from Medtronic as mentors. Every year the team builds a single robot to compete in a state-wide competition hosted at the University of Minnesota.


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