Ketchikan High School

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Ketchikan High School
2610 Fourth Avenue
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
United States
Coordinates 55°21′12″N 131°40′38″W / 55.35333°N 131.67722°W / 55.35333; -131.67722Coordinates: 55°21′12″N 131°40′38″W / 55.35333°N 131.67722°W / 55.35333; -131.67722
Type Public secondary
Principal Robert Marshall
Grades 912
Number of students 562
Campus Open
Color(s) Maroon and white
Mascot King salmon

Ketchikan High School, often referred to as Kayhi, is the principal high school for the Southeast Alaska community of Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District.[1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


Ketchikan High School is partially visible at upper right in this photo, taken from a cruise ship, of Ketchikan's West End neighborhood.

Kayhi offers a variety of vocational and Advanced Placement classes. It has an automotive program, a welding class, a large maritime program, Vocational Medical Terminology, and offers AP opportunities in English, science, mathematics, and history.


Ketchikan High School's primary sports rivals are Juneau-Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School. Ketchikan's mascot is the King Salmon or the Kings, in reference to a king salmon, and, in connection to the Schoenbar Middle School mascot, the Knights. Kayhi girls' teams are known as the Lady Kings. Their mascot is portrayed as a jumping salmon wearing a crown.

Kayhi is known for its focus on wrestling in autumn, basketball in the winter, and baseball in the spring. Swimming and soccer also are important. The Kayhi cheerleading squad also made a mark in history in 2010, becoming the first Kayhi team to ever compete in the Alaska State Cheerleading Championships and bringing home a first-place trophy.[citation needed]

Other activities include:

Student life[edit]

Kayhi has roughly 600 students, many of whom know one another at least by appearance, if not by name, given the small size of the school. There is a low student-teacher ratio and many teachers enthusiastically organize events to boost student morale. Every Friday (or at the end of a school week) there is a "Friday Special" which entertains students during lunch time. Music is played during the beginning of lunch, a teacher or student introduces the activities of the day's special, and then there is the actual special activity. Some of the specials are knock-offs of game shows such as Fear Factor. There have also been other ideas such as a "dance-off" where students, and teachers performed dances for the student body, juggling exhibitions, "most outrageous dress" competitions and a contest to see who could fold a paper airplane and fly it the farthest.

The school's woodworking department made an appearance in the "Alaska Special 2" episode of MythBusters, where Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman used the shop as the build site for their pykrete boat.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ketchikan High School / Homepage". Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ketchikan High School". Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ketchikan High School". Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ketchikan High School". Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "KETCHIKAN HIGH SCHOOL". Retrieved 9 March 2014. 

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