Fargo North High School

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Fargo North High School
North High Fargo ND.jpg
View from the south entrance
801 North 17th Avenue
Fargo, North Dakota
United States
Type Public
Motto "Strive for exellence"
Established 1966
School district Fargo Public Schools
Principal Andy Dahlen
Faculty 70
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,002[1] (October 2012)
Color(s)          Navy blue and gold
Mascot The Spartans

Fargo North High School, more commonly known in the district as Fargo North or North High, is a public high school located in Fargo, North Dakota. It currently serves 1,002 students in grades 9–12 and is a part of the Fargo Public Schools system. The official school colors are blue and gold, and its teams are The Spartans.


North High is the oldest existing high school in Fargo after its predecessor, Fargo Central High School, was destroyed in a fire in 1966. Over the following decades, the building was expanded several times. The most recent expansion was completed in 2006, when a new wing was added to the southeast part of the building to accommodate freshmen after Fargo Public Schools relocated them from the nearby Ben Franklin Jr. High School.


Fargo North Spartans

Fargo North is a part of the North Dakota High School Activities Association and has won championships in a number of sports:


The music department of Fargo North consists of three concert bands, one jazz band, two concert choirs, one jazz choir, two concert orchestras, and one symphony orchestra.


There are four choirs offered at Fargo North: a girls' choir, a mixed choir, a concert choir, and the 19th Avenue Jazz Choir. Both the concert and jazz choir are joined by audition. Female freshmen can take part in girls' choir. The mixed choir features freshman boys and all sophomore students.


The band program is for all grades, with a mixed junior-senior band. There is one jazz band split by grade. Band students frequently participate in pep band during sporting events. The bands are conducted by Kelsey Wilhelm.


There are two string orchestras: one featuring freshman and the other for students in grades 10–12, the High School Orchestra. Occasionally, the orchestra is joined by band students playing woodwind, brass, percussion, and sometimes, although seldom, voice accompaniment from the choir. In addition to the two orchestras, there is also a smaller group, the Northern Gold Chamber Orchestra, for visitation performances or exhibitions rather than full concerts. The orchestras are conducted by Greg Schultz.


Fargo North Theatre consists of three different levels of performing arts: the International Thespian Society, an independent tech crew, and the Performing Arts class. There are four main shows a year - a straight show in the fall, a one-act play in the winter in competition for the North Dakota One-Act Festival, and a musical in May. Since 2004, the theatre department has been directed by Thomas Gillen.


The following is a history of past productions:

Fargo Central

1940-41: I'll Leave It to You, The Tin Hero, Tish, Wild Stars
1943-44: She Stoops to Conquer, Letters to Lucerne
1944-45: The Admirable Crichton, The Imaginary Invalid, Shruberry Hill
1945-46: Listen Professor, Dust of the Road, Little Women, Ladies in Retirement
1947-48: Double Door, Junior Miss, Our Hearts Were Young and Gay
1961-62: Ladies of the Mop, Fog on the Valley, Man in the Bowler Hat, Red Carnations, Twelve Pound Look, Trifles

North High

1972-73: Little Mary Sunshine, Dark of the Moon, The Tower
1973-74: Man of La Mancha, Our Town
1974-75: Carnival!, I Remember Mama
1975-76: The Stage Is a Circle
1976-77: Godspell, The Skin of Our Teeth
1977-78: Fiddler on the Roof, Paul Sills' Story Theatre
1978-79: Guys and Dolls, A Thousand Clowns
1979-80: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Taming of the Shrew
1980-81: You Can't Take It with You, Equus (1981 One-Act Festival: 1st Place)
1981-82: The Boy Friend, Poison, Passion, and Petrifaction
1982-83: Grease, The Subject was Roses (1983 One-Act Festival: 1st Place)
1983-84: George M!, The Importance of Being Earnest
1984-85: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Murder Room
1985-86: Anything Goes, Ordinary People
1986-87: Ken Hill's Phantom of the Opera, Little Mary Sunshine
1987-88: Preppies
1988-89: Little Shop of Horrors, Leader of the Pack
1990-91: Beowulf: A Musical Epic, Starmites, Something's Afoot
1991-92: Brigadoon
1992-93: Me and My Girl
1994-95: The Crucible, The Fantasticks
1995-96: Annie
1996-97: Oliver!, Paul Sills' Story Theatre
1997-98: Grease
1998-99: Oklahoma!, Our Town
1999-00: Into the Woods, Godspell
2000-01: The King and I, Noises Off
2001-02: Red, Hot & Cole, Teach Me How to Cry
2002-03: Jekyll and Hyde, The Odd Couple
2003-04: South Pacific, Waiting For Godot, M*A*S*H
2004-05: Little Shop of Horrors, The Wooden Box, Arsenic and Old Lace
2005-06: Pippin, The Ugly Duckling, It Runs in the Family
2006-07: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Much Ado About Nothing
2007-08: The Secret Garden, Hands Across the Sea, Dracula
2008-09: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Actor's Nightmare, The Mystery of Edwin Drood
2009-10: Urinetown, All in the Timing, You Can't Take It with You
2010-11: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Trifles, Richard III
2011-12: Godspell, Noises Off
2012-13: The Wedding Singer, The Farnsworth Invention
2013-14: The Pirates of Penzance, All My Sons
2014-15: West Side Story, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged], King Lear
2015-16: The Drowsy Chaperone, The Kentucky Cycle "Tall Tales", Hayfever

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "U.S. News & World Report". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ "2007 Hall of Fame". Fargo North High School. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  3. ^ "Fargo North Hall of Fame Inductees". Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. 

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Coordinates: 46°54′14″N 96°47′25″W / 46.90389°N 96.79028°W / 46.90389; -96.79028