Idaho Falls High School

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Coordinates: 43°29′33″N 112°01′23″W / 43.4925°N 112.0230°W / 43.4925; -112.0230

Idaho Falls High School
Idaho Falls High School logo.svg
601 S. Holmes Avenue
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Type Public
Established c. 1897, 1952 (current)
School district Idaho Falls School District #91
Principal Robert Devine
Faculty 100 [3]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,339 (gr 9-12)[3] (2013)
Color(s) Orange & Black[4]
Athletics IHSAA Class 5A
Athletics conference High Country (5A)
Mascot Teeger
Nickname Tigers [4]
Rival Skyline High School
Newspaper Tiger Times [5]
Yearbook The Spud Annual
Information (208) 525-7740
Elevation 4,705 ft (1,434 m) AMSL
Idaho Falls High School is located in the US
Idaho Falls High School
Idaho Falls High School
Location in the United States
Idaho Falls High School  is located in Idaho
Idaho Falls High School
Idaho Falls High School
Location in Idaho

Idaho Falls High School, commonly referred to as I.F.,[6] is a four-year public secondary school in central Idaho Falls, Idaho. The current building opened in 1952, though the school itself has been in operation for well over a century.[1][2] Idaho Falls is the older of the two traditional high schools, the other is Skyline, in the Idaho Falls School District #91. The school colors are orange and black and its teams are the Tigers; the mascot is known as Teeger.[4]


As the oldest high school in the city of Idaho Falls, IFHS originated around the turn of the 20th century. The first building was a three-story structure on the corner of North Water and Walnut Street, behind what would later become O. E. Bell Junior High School. Following the construction of a larger building that occupied the entire block between 6th and 7th Streets and S. Boulevard and South Lee Avenue (where the Wesley W. Deist Aquatic Center is presently located), the original school building became the school district administration building and was also used for overflow classrooms as part of O.E. Bell Jr. High. It was later razed and is now part of the parking lot behind the present O.E. Bell office building.

When the current campus on South Holmes Avenue opened in 1952, the building on 7th Street became Central Junior High School, which burned down on April 24, 1973.[7] The Civic Auditorium was concurrently constructed by the city in 1952, adjacent to the then-new Idaho Falls High School, and remains a major center for performing arts in the area. The school newspaper is the Tiger Times and the yearbook is The Spud Annual.[5] Paul Haack wrote the school song Dear Old I.F. High in 1927.[8]

The school district added the freshman class to the high schools in August 2012, and Idaho Falls High School is now a four-year school, grades 9–12.


James Francis, teacher of advanced placement courses in European and U.S. history, was the recipient of the Idaho Teacher of the Year award in 1997.[9] He was also awarded "Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities," by the Idaho Humanities Council in 2011.[10]


Idaho Falls competes in athletics in IHSAA Class 5A, with the largest schools in the state. It is currently a member of the High Country Conference (5A), competing against Skyline, Hillcrest, Madison, and Highland of Pocatello.


The primary rival is Skyline, the other traditional high school in the school district, opened in the late 1960s on the west side of the city. This game vs Skyline is known as The Emotion Bowl. The Emotion Bowl has been consistently ranked as one of the top 10 rivalries in the country and ranked at number 4 in the country in 2004. Another rival is nearby Bonneville to the northeast, opened in 1957, which moved up to Class 5A in 2014. Hillcrest in Ammon, opened in 1992, is also in the adjacent Bonneville School District and is a conference foe. Prior to the late 1950s, the main rival was Pocatello.

State titles[edit]


  • Football (4): fall (A-1 Div II, now 4A) 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991 (official with introduction of playoffs, fall 1979)[11]
    • (unofficial poll titles - 0) (poll introduced in 1963, through 1978)
  • Cross Country (3): fall 1995, 1996, 2002 [12] (introduced in 1964)
  • Basketball (8): 1931, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1960, 1961, 1988 [13]
  • Wrestling (4): 1997, 1998, 2006, 2009 [14] (introduced in 1958)
  • Baseball (1): 2002 [15] (records not kept by IHSAA, state tourney introduced in 1971)
  • Track (3): 1927, 1943, 1967 [16]
  • Golf (2): 1968, 2006 [17] (introduced in 1956)
  • Tennis (1): 2009 [18] (combined team until 2008)


  • Volleyball (6): fall 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011,[19] 2014, 2015 (introduced in 1976)
  • Tennis (2): 2011, 2012 [18] (combined team until 2008)


  • Tennis (2): 1990, 2001 [18] (introduced in 1963, combined until 2008)

Notable alumni[edit]



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  2. ^ a b "Idaho Falls High School in Idaho Falls, ID". AOL Yellow Pages. America Online. Retrieved 2006-01-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Idaho Falls Senior High School". Public School Review. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  4. ^ a b c "It's a Tradition at IF High School". Idaho Falls High School 2005-2006 Student Handbook and Calendar, page 3.
  5. ^ a b "Tiger Academic Teams". Idaho Falls High School 2005-2006 Student Handbook and Calendar, page 2.
  6. ^ "~GE9C.kmz". Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2007-01-19.  (accessed through , which shows it as XML)
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  8. ^ "IFHS School Song" Idaho Falls High School 2005-2006 Student Handbook and Calendar, page 3.
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  11. ^ Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine. - Idaho high school football - state champions
  12. ^ Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine. Cross Country champions through 2011
  13. ^ Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine. - Basketball champions - through 2012
  14. ^ Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine. - Wrestling champions - through 2012
  15. ^ "Title slips away from Eagle". Idaho Statesman. May 26, 2002. 
  16. ^ Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine. - Track champions - through 2012
  17. ^ Archived 2014-03-21 at the Wayback Machine. - Golf champions - through 2012
  18. ^ a b c Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine. - Tennis champions - through 2012
  19. ^ Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine. Soccer & Volleyball champions - through 2011
  20. ^ - Mike Crapo - U.S. Senator - accessed 2011-01-02
  21. ^ Goates, Les (June 14, 1947). "Looks Good for US Cleanup in Olympiad". Deseret News. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Mel Peterson Past Stats". Retrieved 13 July 2012. 

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