Huron High School (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

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Ann Arbor Huron High School
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 August, 1969
Locale Ann Arbor Public Schools
Principal Jennifer Hein
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1610 (2012-2013)
Campus urban, 230 acres (0.9308 km2)
Color(s) Forest Green and Old Gold          
Mascot River Rat
Rival Pioneer High School
Huron High School

Huron High School (HHS) is a public school in Ann Arbor, in the U.S. state of Michigan. 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.[1]

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 opened in the fall of 1960. The student body at the city's only public high school, Ann Arbor High, had recently outgrown its quarters on the city's west side. The school board constructed a second high school, eventually renaming the first "Pioneer High School". 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, with Pioneer students attending classes in the morning and Huron students in the afternoon.[citation needed]

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.

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 to mixed reviews.[2]


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.[3][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[4] 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[5] and another award for a student entering Michigan State University.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "America's worst High Schools". Bloomsburg BusinessWeek. 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  2. ^ Jenn McKee, "Local teens with bit parts in 'Jumper' will see who made the cut," Ann Arbor News, 10 Feb. 2008.
  3. ^ "The Baltimore Bascilica - America's First Cathedral". 2008. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  4. ^ "U-M offers scholarship for Huron High School students who have German language skills". AAPS News. 
  5. ^ "LSA Departmental Scholarships" (PDF). University of Michigan. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 

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