Highland Park High School (Minnesota)

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Highland Park Senior High School
Saint Paul, Minnesota
United States
Type Public
Motto Challenge, Envision, Achieve
School district Saint Paul Public Schools
Principal Winston Tucker
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1218
Campus Urban
Color(s) Red and White         
Mascot Scots
National ranking 687
Yearbook Tartan
Phone number (651) 293-8940

Coordinates: 44°54′39″N 93°10′1″W / 44.91083°N 93.16694°W / 44.91083; -93.16694

Highland Park Senior High School is a public secondary school in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States serving grades 9 through 12. It is located in the Highland Park neighborhood.

The school offers the International Baccalaureate program.[1] It is a national Blue Ribbon School. Newsweek ranked the school #973 in their "List of the 1200 Top High Schools in America."[2]


The school has received grants from the Bush Foundation and Gates Foundation to develop the Small Learning Communities model. Motivated students in all three Communities may take International Baccalaureate courses.


Highland Park offers a number of foreign languages, including:[3]

  • Spanish, including the secondary component of Saint Paul Public Schools' Spanish immersion program.
  • French
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Formerly American Sign Language; ASL was offered in the connecting Highland Park Junior High School, however the language does not continue into the high school, and the immersion program for deaf students was removed in 2008.


Highland Park has enjoyed moderate success in its athletic program. The boys basketball team qualified for the state championship several times in the 1970s before winning the class AAAA state championship in 1999. The girls basketball team made two state tournament runs in 1985 and 1986, finishing second in the 1986 class AA state championship.

As of 2007, Highland Park has also won two conference titles for football, six for girls basketball, eight in boys basketball, four for wrestling, including three in a row from 2005 to 2007, five for baseball and one for boys hockey. The school also boasted a soccer team that won the conference 4 straight years 2003-2007.

The baseball team coached by Peter Brown has won the Saint Paul City Conference from 2011-2013 and holds the second longest winning streak in conference play in the state of Minnesota.[4]


According to the most recent school profile, the school's current enrollment is around 1286. 36% of students are White, 28% are African American, 21% are Asian American, 14% are Hispanic American, and 1% are American Indian.[5] In addition, 22% are English language learners, 15% are in Special Education programs, and 56% are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program. The student to teacher ratio is 21:1.[6][7]


The Eastern side of Highland Park Senior High as seen from Snelling Avenue.

Highland is connected to Highland Park Junior High School, a 1958 Miesian building.

Mattocks Schoolhouse is a historic landmark now used as part of Highland Park's facilities. The one room limestone building, originally called Webster School Number 9, was built in 1871. The building became part of the Saint Paul Public Schools system in 1887 and was renamed at that time. For thirty years the building served as an American Legion post before being moved to its current location in 1964 after residing one mile north of the high school. The classroom has most recently been used for Spanish classes.[8][9][10] Mattocks Schoolhouse is "essentially a Greek Revival building with some Italianate details."[11][12]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Highland Park Senior High School". International Baccalaureate Organization. 
  2. ^ "The Top of the Class". The complete list of the 1,200 top U.S. schools. MSNBC. 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  3. ^ "World Languages". Highland Park High School. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Saint Paul City Conference". Saint Paul Public Schools. 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  5. ^ All racial breakdowns are how students "identify themselves."
  6. ^ "School Matters Report Card". 2007-03-31. 
  7. ^ "HIGHLAND PARK SENIOR HIGH (220)". Minnesota Department of Education. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  8. ^ "Mattocks Schoolhouse". Saint Paul Public School System. Retrieved 2007-03-31. 
  9. ^ Millett, Larry (2007). AIA Guide to the Twin Cities: The Essential Source on the Architecture of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota Historical Society Press. pp. 527–530. ISBN 0-87351-540-4. 
  10. ^ "Mattock School, Randolph Street & Snelling Avenue, Saint Paul, Ramsey County, MN". Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey. Library of Congress. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Gebhard, David; Martinson, Tom (1977). A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota. Minneapolis: Published by the University of Minnesota Press for the University Gallery of the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Society of Architects. p. 113. ISBN 0-8166-0773-7. 
  12. ^ Sigvertson, Jene T. From the Past to the Present: An Inventory of Saint Paul Public School Facilities. (PDF). Saint Paul Public Schools. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Hall of Fame". 
  14. ^ Grinols, Earl. "Baylor Business Directory". 
  15. ^ "Famous Alumni". Saint Paul Public Schools. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  16. ^ Scholtes, Peter S. (2001-09-12). "What's the Big Eyedea?". City Pages. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 

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