Irondale High School

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Irondale High School
2425 Long Lake Road
New Brighton, Minnesota 55112

United States
Type Public
Motto Pride in Excellence
Established 1967
School district Mounds View Public Schools
Principal Amy Janecek
Faculty 83.35 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 1641[1] (2014-15)
Student to teacher ratio 19.69[1]
Color(s) Maroon and Gold         
Athletics conference MSHSL Region 5A
Mascot Knights
Team name Irondale Knights

Irondale High School is a public high school located in New Brighton, Minnesota. A part of the Mounds View Public Schools district, the high school is located in a suburban area approximately ten miles north of downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Irondale made headlines in late 2011 when it introduced its Early College program, which began with the 2012-2013 school year. The program, run in conjunction with Anoka-Ramsey Community College, will allow students to graduate in four years with both a high school diploma and an associate's degree.[4] This program prompted a visit from US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who praised Minnesota's efforts to further education.[5]

Irondale hosts grades 9-12, and was founded in 1967. It is one of two high schools in the Mounds View Public school district (621), the other being Mounds View High School.

Academics and recognition[edit]

Irondale High School was named among the best high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (top 15 in the state of Minnesota) for exceeding expectations when it comes to student performance on reading and math tests, and for preparing students for college.[6]

Irondale was listed in the top 5% of high schools in the country by Newsweek in 2010.[7] This ranking is based on how much the faculty challenges students by offering AP/IB/Cambridge tests and college-level courses to students.

Irondale was the first high school in the state of Minnesota to offer a comprehensive Early College program.[8]

During the 2006-2007 school year, the school met all of the requirements for Adequate Yearly Progress and had an AYP graduation rate of 99.05%.[9] The school offers Advanced Placement classes and participates in the University of Minnesota's College in the Schools program.[10] Nearly 90% of students pursue post-secondary options.[8]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Irondale has one of the most renowned marching bands in the state of Minnesota. Currently led by Bill Sucha, the Marching Knights have been bringing home top honors since the late 1980s at many state competitions. The band was the first Minnesota Marching Band State Champion at the 2005 Youth in Music championship held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.[11] In 2010 the Irondale Marching Knights took first place in the AA class at the St. Louis Bands of America super regional.[12]

The Irondale High School winter drumline and winter guard have had success at the state level. In 2009, the drumline was named the Minnesota state champions for the second year in a row,[13] and the colorguard was named the Minnesota state champions for the 14th consecutive year.[14] Both also frequently perform at the Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.[citation needed] The Winter Guard was crowned Schlastic Open Class World Champions in 2002 at WGI and the Winter Drumline was the 2003 Scholastic Open Class Bronze Medalists.


The school offers a number of sports.[15] 89% of parents are satisfied with the opportunities for participation in co-curricular activities.[8]

  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country
  • Track and Field
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Wrestling
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Adapted Hockey
  • Adapted Soccer
  • Adapted Softball


There are many activities that the school offers[15]

  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Drama
  • Dance Club
  • Math Team
  • Mock Trial
  • National Honors Society
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Robotics
  • Speech
  • Stripes
  • Trap Shooting

Notable alumni[edit]

Coordinates: 45°05′25″N 93°12′26″W / 45.0903527°N 93.2072157°W / 45.0903527; -93.2072157[21]


  1. ^ a b c "Irondale Senior High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2008-07-07. Students: 1571 (2005-2006 
  2. ^ Irondale High School. Minnesota State High School League. Retrieved on 2008-07-07.
  3. ^ Irondale Facts (PDF). Irondale High School. Retrieved on 2008-07-07.
  4. ^ "Early College at Irondale High School". Irondale High School. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Irondale's new college-in-high-school program to be on display at town hall with Arne Duncan". MinnPost. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  6. ^ "U.S. News & World Report - best high schools in Minnesota". 
  7. ^ "High School Profile Page". Newsweek. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  8. ^ a b c "Irondale High School fact sheet". 
  9. ^ "Mounds View Senior High 2007". Minnesota Department of Education. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  10. ^ "College in the Schools - Participating Schools". College in the Schools. Archived from the original on 2006-02-11. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  11. ^ "2005 Archives". Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  12. ^ "2010 Prelims Recap" (PDF). Music For All. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  13. ^ "Minnesota Percussion Association". Minnesota Percussion Association. Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  14. ^ "NSC:Hall of Champions". North Star Colorguard Circuit. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  15. ^ a b Retrieved 12 March 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ Russo, Michael (23 June 2010), "Teen star Bjugstad hits that transitional phase", Minneapolis-St. Paul Tribune, retrieved 27 November 2010, That's not surprising since Scott Bjugstad, Nick's uncle and an Irondale High grad who played for the Gophers, North Stars, Penguins and Kings, is one of hockey's premier shooting gurus. 
  17. ^ "Punk Funk Rock Pop: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BANDS AND ARTISTS". online exhibit. Minnesota Historical Society. 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010. Information Society was founded at Macalester College in January 1982 by Kurt Valaquen (ne Harland), Paul Robb, and James Cassidy, all recent graduates of Irondale High School in New Brighton, Minnesota. 
  18. ^ "Knuth, Katherine "Kate"". biographic sketch. Minnesota Legislative Reference Library. 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010. EDUCATION: Mounds View Public Schools; Elementary School; Irondale High School; Secondary 
  19. ^ McKinney, Matt (21 June 2008), "Kiva funding the tiniest businesses: In fields and sewing circles across the world, entrepreneurs are getting microloans with help from donors at a novel website.", Minneapolis-St. Paul Tribune, retrieved 27 November 2010, Her secret: Kiva, a website that allows Mikeworth, a Minneapolis financial adviser, to lend money to entrepreneurs in some of the poorest places on the planet ... Steered by Irondale High School graduate Premal Shah, the website has become a lifeline for thousands of families across the developing world as they struggle to feed themselves amid rising concerns of a global food crisis. 
  20. ^ "Press". Plymouth Playhouse. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  21. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Irondale High School

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