Hillcrest High School (Idaho)

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Hillcrest High School
Hillcrest Knight.png
2800 Owen Street
Ammon, Idaho
Coordinates 43°28′16″N 111°58′37″W / 43.471°N 111.977°W / 43.471; -111.977Coordinates: 43°28′16″N 111°58′37″W / 43.471°N 111.977°W / 43.471; -111.977
Type Public [2]
Established 1992 [3]
School district Bonneville Joint School District #93[1]
Principal Doug McLaren[4]
Faculty 60 [2]
Grades 9–12 [2]
Enrollment 1,320 [5] (2008)
Student to teacher ratio 21 [6]
Color(s) Red, Black, & White [7]
Athletics IHSAA Class 5A
Athletics conference High Country (5A)
Nickname Knight [1]
Rival Bonneville
Newspaper The Knight Times[8]
Yearbook Excalibur[9]
Feeder schools Sandcreek Middle School
Elevation 4,710 ft (1,440 m) AMSL
Hillcrest High School is located in the US
Hillcrest High School
Hillcrest High School
Location in the United States
Hillcrest High School  is located in Idaho
Hillcrest High School
Hillcrest High School
Location in Ammon, Idaho

Hillcrest High School is a four-year public high school in Ammon, Idaho, east of Idaho Falls.[1] Opened in 1992, it was the second high school in the Bonneville School District. The school mascot is the Knight and the colors are red, black, and white.[1] Originally in IHSAA Class 4A for athletics, Hillcrest now competes in 5A, with the largest schools in the state.[7] The principal is Doug McLaren with and two assistant principals, Josh Haggerty and Corey Telford.[4]

School history[edit]

The West Entrance to Hillcrest High School

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, overcrowding at Bonneville High School and a rising population in the southern end of Bonneville School District #93 proved a need for a second school within the district's boundaries. The passage of a bond issue in 1990 in the amount of $10,880,000 provided the financial means for constructing Hillcrest High School, along with Iona Elementary School and a major addition to Falls Valley Elementary School. Students started classes in August 1992 in grades nine through twelve. Some areas were not completed when the school opened, including the gym. The property adjoins the property of Sandcreek Middle School and makes an acceptable middle school/high school campus configuration.[3]


Hillcrest offers a variety off scholastic opportunities for students. The school offers foreign language courses in German, Italian, Spanish, and French. It also offers 7 different Advanced Placement classes: Calculus, Statistics, U.S. Government, U.S. History, Economics, English Literature, and English Composition. Hillcrest also affords students the opportunity to participate in vocational/technical courses in conjunction with Bonneville High School and Eastern Idaho Technical College. These courses include drafting, woodworking, metalworking, electronics, auto body, auto tech, welding, cabinet making, robotics, family science, and a Certified Nursing Program. Hillcrest sponsors an ACT preparation course in the spring and fall.[10]

In 2006-2007, Hillcrest had a graduation rate of 98.39%, above that of their district average (97.41%)[5] and the national average (about 70%).[11]

The student teacher ratio is 21, a little above the state average of 18.[6]


Hillcrest High School is composed of an upper and lower gym, cafeteria/commons, media center, vocational and regular classrooms, having approximately 178,000 square feet (16,500 m2). The building has a maximum student capacity of approximately 1200 students.[3]

The structure is a prefabricated metal structure. The music, speech, and drama rooms are separated from the other academic areas, as is the vocational wing. Hillcrest High School is built on 42 acres (170,000 m2). The property is relatively flat, with good draining into the improved parking lot area, which further meets all United States Environmental Protection Agency requirements by draining into a lower softball field area.[3]

A new, $5.3 million auditorium was completed in August 2007 and officially opened October 15 of that same year.[12] The auditorium, called the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Hillcrest, seats 883.[13] The first performance in the PAC was a play called Our Town, put on by Hillcrest January 28–30, 2008, followed by a musical called Camelot on April 14–16, 2008.[14] Hillcrest High School also constructed a new tennis court, softball field, art room, drama room, debate room, and weight room.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Hillcrest High School Home Page". Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hillcrest High School". Public School Review. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Hillcrest High School History". Archived from the original on 2009-03-25. 
  4. ^ a b "Hillcrest High School Administration". Archived from the original on 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  5. ^ a b "Hillcrest High School 2006-2007 Report Card" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  6. ^ a b "Great Schools". Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  7. ^ a b "IHSAA School Information". IHSAA. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  8. ^ "Kinghtly News Web Page". Retrieved 2008-07-18. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Excalibur Year Book Web Page". Retrieved 2008-07-18. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Hillcrest High School Freshman Guide: Class of 2010" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-27. Retrieved 2008-07-18. 
  11. ^ "Understanding High School Graduation Rates" (PDF). Alliance for Excellent Education. Retrieved 2008-07-18. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "District 93 Opens Performing Arts Center at Hillcrest". KIFI-TV. Retrieved 2008-07-19. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Hillcrest PAC Seating Chart" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-07-19. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "High School Musical - Hillcrest Style". KIFI-TV. Archived from the original on April 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 

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