Barrow High School

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Barrow High School
Barrow High School 2007-12-08.jpg
Barrow High School in the dark of winter
Barrow, Alaska
United States
Type Public
Principal Dr. Sherry McKenzie
Grades 9 – 12
Number of students 233[1]
Campus Remote
Color(s) Blue & Gold          
Mascot Whalers

Barrow High School is a public high school in Barrow, Alaska, United States, operated by the North Slope Borough School District. As of the 2009-2010 school year, the school had 214 students. The current principal is Dr. Sherry McKenzie, and the assistant principal is Emily B. Rosenberry.[2]



A high school football team was established at the school in 2006. It is the only known American football team to have its home field north of the Arctic Circle.[3][4]

In 2011, the football team finished the regular season with a 7-1 record and qualified for the Alaska Small School State Playoffs. They eventually advanced to the state finals, but were defeated by powerhouse Nikiski. The Whalers' football team finished the season with a 8-2 record.

In 2015, the Barrow High School football team and its staff participated in a TV show entitled Football Town: Barrow, Alaska, which chronicled the team during their 2015 season.[5] The show was broadcast on the NFL Network and premiered on September 22, 2015. The season ran for eight episodes and followed the daily lives of the Whalers' football players, coaches, parents, and staff throughout the season. The Whalers ended the 2015 season with a 5-3 record, and qualified for the Alaska state playoffs. Unfortunately, the Whalers were eliminated in the first round by powerhouse Nikiski. The Whalers finished the 2015 season with a 5-4 record and were ranked as the #20 high school football team in Alaska by MaxPreps.[6]


In 2015, the Barrow boys' basketball team won the Alaska Class 3A State Championship with a 50-40 victory over two-time defending state champion, Monroe Catholic. The Whalers' team was led by 5-star recruit Kamaka Hepa,[7] a 6'7" freshman who is regarded as one of the top basketball recruits in the country. He is currently ranked as the #21 ranked basketball recruit in the country by ESPN for the class of 2018.[8] The Whalers' boys' basketball team finished the 2014-2015 season with a 24-3 record, the highest win percentage in school history.


  • Boys' Basketball - State Champions (2015)
  • Football - State Finalists (2011)

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Coordinates: 71°17′21″N 156°46′04″W / 71.28917°N 156.76778°W / 71.28917; -156.76778