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 Janet Schwamb
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 1967 to 1969.[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 expanded, and a band room, science and math wings were added. 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 in 2014, after 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]


As of the 2015-16 school year, IB courses are being offered.[10]


Ann Arbor Huron boasts one of the top high school bands in the country, in the Huron Symphony Band, which is constantly lauded with top ratings at both of its annual judged events, Band Festival (in March), and Bands in Review (in April). Huron boasts three bands, Symphony Band, as well as Concert Band, and the lowest tier Varsity Band. An audition is needed to be in Symphony and Concert Bands. The Ann Arbor Huron Symphony Band recently was invited to the 2016 Michigan Music Conference, the third time in the school's history that they had been accepted. Under the direction of Stephen Roberts, in his 26th year of directing the Huron Bands, Symphony Band performed at the Music Conference in early February 2016. Band members also participate in the yearly Band Camp trip for one week in the summer up to the internationally renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts in northern Michigan, where band members spend the week learning marching technique and perform in a final three band strong concert on the final Saturday. The Ann Arbor Huron Band program also includes the Rhythm Rat Marching Band which marches at all Huron Football home games during the fall months. The Rhythm Rat Marching Band is composed of the members of the Symphony Band and is also directed by Stephen Roberts and a drum major who is voted for by the entire body of band members from all three bands. The Rhythm Rat Marching Band, though not a registered competitive marching band, is widely considered one of the top high school marching bands in the State of Michigan and has also been recognized nationally as one of the best high school marching bands in the nation, as a new set of music is prepared and performed for each game. The Ann Arbor Huron fight song, played by the marching band during the pre-game routine is "Go Huron" and was composed in 1969.

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 Enthymion: the school yearbook
  • The Emery: the school newspaper. Beginning in 2009 The Emery began expanding online as well as maintaining its regular paper publication.
  • Full Circle: the school's annually-published literary magazine. The publication contains student-submitted poetry, prose, and artwork.

Notable alumni[edit]


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Media and literature[edit]



  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," Archived 2013-01-04 at Ann Arbor News, 10 Feb. 2008.
  10. ^ Knake, Lindsay (6 September 2015). "As Ann Arbor schools prepares for IB program, classroom changes will start this year". MLive Ann Arbor. MLive. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Ann Arbor Public Schools Notable Alumni, Retrieved on 13 October 2015.

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