Forest Lake Area High School

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Forest Lake Area High School (also known as Forest Lake High School)
6101 Scandia Trl N, Forest Lake, MN
Forest Lake, Minnesota
Type Public
Established 1909
Principal Steve Massey,Ed.D,(effective 2003)
Number of students approx. 1,750
Color(s) Maroon, Gold          
Mascot Rangers

Forest Lake Area High School, also known as Forest Lake High School, is a public three-year high school in Forest Lake, Minnesota founded in 1909. The school is a member of Minnesota Independent School District 831 (Forest Lake Area School District). The school competes in the Suburban East Conference of the Minnesota State High School League Forest Lake High School was named one of the top 1,500 high schools in the country by Newsweek Magazine in 2013.[1]

Police Department Protest[edit]

On May 9th, 2017, Forest Lake made history when demonstrating a walk-out protest. This was due to the city council on May 8th voting to disband from the Forest Lake Police Department. Students from Forest Lake Area Highschool, Century Junior High and Southwest Junior High walked out of their classes to protest at the city hall at 1:15 pm. Estimation of 1,300-1,500 students protested in support to keep the Forest Lake Police Department.


Forest Lake Area High School is a modern, well-equipped public comprehensive high school with an enrollment close to 1800 students in grades 10 through 12. Campus and building features include: 500 plus seat state-of-the-art auditorium, Over 65 classrooms including specialized science labs, lecture areas and small instructional settings, A campus which includes a high capacity seating, lighted outdoor football, soccer and a 6-lane, all-weather track stadium, Video production facility with Public-access television cable TV to classrooms, Fully equipped strength-conditioning-fitness facility and forum, Voice mail and e-mail for all faculty and staff, and Parent access to student data through School View. Students also have been linked to their own e-mail addresses for easy access and communication with teachers about any questions concerning homework or projects.

Feeder schools[edit]

The following junior high schools feed to Forest Lake Area High School:

  • Century Junior High School
  • Southwest Junior High School


Forest Lake High School consists of approximately thirty athletic teams.[2] All teams are under the watch of Athletic Director, Aaron Forsythe.[3]

Forest Lake Area High School has won state team championships in:

Wrestling—1993, Boys' True Team Track & Field—1993, Boys' Nordic Skiing—2005, Boys' Nordic Skiing—2006, Boys' Nordic Skiing—2008, Boys' Nordic Skiing—2009, Boys' Nordic Skiing—2014, Boys' Nordic Skiing—2015, Boys' Alpine Skiing—2015

Basketball great Hal Haskins was the basketball coach at Forest Lake High School for the 1955-56 (a team which had a 19-game winning streak during the season) and 1956-57 seasons.


The following activities are available to students at Forest Lake:[4]

  • DECA
  • Debate
  • Drumline
  • FCA
  • FFA
  • Link
  • Music
  • NHS
  • Open Minds
  • Rangers' Care
  • Special Olympics
  • Speech
  • Student Council
  • Theater
  • Trap Shooting

Speech Team[edit]

Forest Lake's speech team was the leading speech program in the state of Minnesota through the 1990s.[5] Forest Lake High School had more state speech champions than any other school during this time period.[6] Three Forest Lake students went on to win national championships.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]