Huron High School (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

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Ann Arbor Huron High School
2727 Fuller Rd.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
United States
Coordinates 42°16′55″N 83°42′29″W / 42.281892°N 83.708191°W / 42.281892; -83.708191Coordinates: 42°16′55″N 83°42′29″W / 42.281892°N 83.708191°W / 42.281892; -83.708191
Type Public High School
Established September 1969
Locale Ann Arbor Public Schools
Principal Jennifer Hein
Grades 9th-12th
Enrollment 1,527 (2013-2014) [1]
Campus Urban, 230 acres (0.9308 km2)
Color(s) Forest Green     
Old Gold     
Mascot River Rat
Rivals Pioneer High School
Skyline High School
Huron High School

Ann Arbor Huron High School, or Huron High School (HHS), is a public high school located in Ann Arbor, MI, in the U.S.. The school is part of the Ann Arbor Public Schools district. Located at 2727 Fuller Road in eastern Ann Arbor near the banks of the Huron River, it serves grades 9 through 12. Huron is one of the three main public high schools in Ann Arbor (along with Pioneer High School and Skyline High School). Newsweek named the school one of America's Best High Schools in 2012, and it was awarded Best Overall Academic Performance in Michigan by BusinessWeek in 2009 and 2010.[2]

The school is shaped like an "H" with two convex wings adjoined by a two floor archway that has become a distinguishing feature of the building. Huron is a Division I member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) for athletic competition. The school offers 50 different sports comprising 32 varsity level teams, several of them frequently crowned state champions.


Huron High School opened in September 1969.[3] Prior to Huron's opening, the student body at the city's only other public high school, Ann Arbor High, experienced overcrowding. In 1968, before Huron's building was completed, Eastside students who were to be designated to the new school shared the Pioneer building in a split schedule. Pioneer students attended classes in the morning from 7:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. and Huron students in the afternoon from 1 P.M. to 6 P.M, despite petitions from Huron students to the Board of Education for them to attend school in the morning.[4]

Due to delays from construction strikes and other issues the planned opening date was pushed back two years from 1976.[3] In July 1969, Paul K. Meyers, the first principal of Huron High School, and assistant principal Albert Gallup and staff moved in.

When Huron opened, the school board deliberated over what the new high school would be named. After a poll was taken among the school community to determine the name, "River Rats" was suggested as a write-in option. Despite opposition from the school board, the "River Rat" name maintained popularity among students. The press began using the term "River Rats" and eventually the name stuck.[5]

From 1969 to 1979, Paul K. Meyers served as principal, and was succeeded by Ronald Tesch. His goal was to revive and enhance the cooperation and communication between the school faculty and student body. He left the position in 1986, and from 1986 to 1987, Al Gallup served as interim principal. In 1987, Huron saw Dr. Joetta Mial begin her tenure as principal, which she served as until 1993.[6] In 1988, the Ann Arbor Board of Education passed a $31 million renovation and construction program. From 1988 to 1991, Huron underwent major renovations in which library and lunchrooms were enlarged. Science and math wings were added and so was the band room. The athletic wing was also added and included a new pool and gym. Huron's dome gym and athletic department were constructed during these renovations. On May 12, 1993, the auditorium was dedicated to Paul K. Meyers.[7]

After Dr. Joetta Mial's departure, from 1993 to 1994, Jane Johnson served as interim principal. In 1994, Dr. Arthur Williams began his tenure at Huron, and was a strong advocate for reforms. He retired with the class of 2014, and by serving as principal for 20 years, he has become Huron's longest-serving principal. From the 2014-2015 school year, Jennifer Hein began serving as principal.[6]

Overcrowding became an issue again. Portables were used to house classes outside of the main building. In 2008 Skyline High School was opened and slowly branched off the existing two, starting with only a freshman class. [8]

The movie Jumper was filmed on location at Huron High School and neighboring Gallup Park in February 2007. One hundred students were chosen from Huron to be extras for the movie. The screenplay of Jumper was written by Huron High School graduate David S. Goyer and was released in February 2008.[9]


Courses taught at the AP (Advanced Placement) level are as follows:[citation needed]

  • AP English Literature
  • AP English Language
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP European History
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP French Language
  • AP German Language
  • AP Latin Literature
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Computer Science

Huron also began offering Mandarin Chinese in addition to the more traditional foreign languages such as French, German, Latin, and Spanish.[citation needed]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Huron High School is a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). Huron joined the Southeastern Conference "SEC" in the 2007-2008 school year.

The Huron athletic program offers the following sports:

The school claims state championships in:

  • Field hockey (1988, 2002, 2010, 2011, 2013)
  • Cross-country (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973)
  • Coed Figure Skating (2003, 2005)
  • Women's Tennis (2006)
  • Women's Track (1995, 2006)
  • Women's Soccer (2008)
  • Mens Hockey (1973, 2002, 2003, 2007)
  • Men's Tennis (1978, 1980, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Men's Swimming & Diving (1970, 1973, 1988, 2008)
  • Men's Water Polo (1989, 2008)

Fine arts[edit]

The music program at Huron has been honored by the Grammy Foundation as both a “Gold” (Top 7 - once) and “Signature” (Top 50 – 4 times) School.[10][citation needed]

The Huron Band program consists of the Varsity, Concert, and nationally prestigious Symphony Band. All three bands usually earn placements of 1 (highest placement) at both Bands in Review and Band Festival, both judged competitions orchestrated by the MSBOA.[citation needed] Huron Symphony Band and Concert Band members also comprise the Huron Rhythm Rat Marching Band which puts on shows during River Rat football halftimes during the football season. The Huron Band has performed at such places as France, San Antonio, Disney World, the Midwest Band Festival, and Hawaii.[citation needed]

The Huron Players is Huron High Schools official theatre group. They produce four shows every year: three full-length plays and "Finale", an assortment of student-directed one-act plays. In addition to acting, all of the behind the scenes departments, or "crews", are student-lead. Some of the crews include Set Construction, Costumes, Makeup, Props, Lighting, Sound, Publicity, and House Management, as well as the positions of Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager. Student participation in acting and on the "crews" earn points which can earn them a varsity letter in theater.[citation needed]


  • The Enthymion: the school yearbook
  • The Emery: the official school newspaper. Beginning in 2009 The Emery began expanding online as well as maintaining its regular paper publication.
  • The Symposium: the underground newspaper, traditionally printed by a group of seniors.
  • Full Circle: the school's award-winning annually-published literary magazine. The publication contains student-submitted poetry, prose, and artwork.

Notable alumni[edit]


Music and entertainment[edit]

Media and literature[edit]


Scholarship Program[edit]

The Huron High School German Scholarship[12] is awarded annually to students who have completed at least one year of German language education. Established in 2011 with funding provided by local business owners, the scholarship consists of two $1000 awards: one for a student entering the University of Michigan[13] and another award for a student entering Michigan State University.[citation needed]


  1. ^ MI School Data. "MI School Data Student Count Entity Breakdown", Retrieved on 9 October 2015.
  2. ^ "America's Best High Schools". Bloomsburg BusinessWeek. 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  3. ^ a b Old News. "Planner Says Huron, King To Open In Fall", The Ann Arbor News, Ann Arbor, 13 March 1969. Retrieved on 9 October 2015.
  4. ^ Old News. "Huron Pupils Lose Battle Over Classes", The Ann Arbor News, Ann Arbor, 30 January 1969. Retrieved on 9 October 2015.
  5. ^ Freed, Ben. "Did You Know: How Ann Arbor Huron High became the River Rats?"], Mlive, 30 September 2015. Retrieved on 9 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Huron High School Principals", Retrieved on 9 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Huron High School History", Retrieved on 9 October 2015.
  8. ^ Jesse, David. "Skyline High School opening culminates 10 years of efforts to deal with overcrowding", The Ann Arbor News, 26 August 2008. Retrieved on 13 October 2015.
  9. ^ Jenn McKee, "Local teens with bit parts in 'Jumper' will see who made the cut," Ann Arbor News, 10 Feb. 2008.
  10. ^ "The Baltimore Bascilica - America's First Cathedral". 2008. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Ann Arbor Public Schools Notable Alumni, Retrieved on 13 October 2015.
  12. ^ "U-M offers scholarship for Huron High School students who have German language skills". AAPS News. 
  13. ^ "LSA Departmental Scholarships" (PDF). University of Michigan. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 

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