Minico High School

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Minico High School
292 West 100 South
Rupert, Idaho
U.S. [1]
Type Public [1]
Established 1955 [1]
School district Minidoka County
J.S.D. #331
Principal Suzette Miller
Faculty 63 [1]
Grades 9–12 [1]
Enrollment 1,158 [1] (2009)
Color(s) Red & Gold [2]
Athletics IHSAA Class 4A [2]
Athletics conference Great Basin (West)
Mascot Spartan [2]
Newspaper Spartan Chronicle
Yearbook Sparta
Feeder schools East Minico Middle
West Minico Middle
Information (208) 436-4721
Elevation 4,150 ft (1,265 m) AMSL
Minico HS is located in the US
Minico HS
Minico HS
Location in the United States
Minico HS is located in Idaho
Minico HS
Minico HS
Location in Idaho

Minico High School, also known as Minidoka County High School, is a four-year public secondary school in Minidoka County, Idaho, operated by the Minidoka County Joint School District #331.[3] The school colors are red and gold and the mascot is a Spartan.[4]


Minico High School opened in 1955, consolidating four high schools: Rupert, Paul, Heyburn, and Acequia.[citation needed] Towns in the MHS jurisdiction include: Acequia, Burley (Minidoka Co. portion), Heyburn, Minidoka, Paul, and Rupert. The campus is located on State Highway 25 (West 100 South) between the cities of Rupert and Paul, just west of the Rupert Country Club.

The name Minico is a contraction of "Minidoka County." The only traditional high school in the county, its jurisdiction includes the entire county, as well as the rural Yale area in the panhandle of southeastern Blaine County and the very northeastern part of Lincoln County, near Kimama.[5] MHS is fed by two middle schools: East Minico in Rupert and West Minico in Paul.

The elevation of the campus is 4,150 feet (1,265 m) above sea level.


Minico offers a variety of clubs and student oriented programs including: Key Club, Leo Club, Student Body/Council Government, Business Club, Young Republicans, Young Democrats, French Club, Spanish Club, FCCLA, Speech Arts Club, Ski Club, Mountain Bike Club, and FFA. Minico also features a cheerleading squad and the Spartan Dance Force. The school's student newspaper is The Spartan Chronicle.[6] Minico also offers three music organizations: band, choir and orchestra.


Minico competes in athletics in IHSAA Class 4A [2] and is a member of the Great Basin (West) Conference with Burley, Jerome, and Wood River, all located in the Magic Valley region of Idaho.[4] In August 2009, the conference added Twin Falls and just-opened Canyon Ridge, both located in Twin Falls.[7]

Minico has many varsity sports including boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, tennis, golf, cross country, bowling, wrestling, track and field, volleyball, football, baseball, and softball.

Minico teams have had recent success in several sports. Spartan wrestlers won 4A state championships in several weight classes in 2006 and took the team title.[8] MHS had previously won the state title in 1962 (one class) and 1969 (large school).[9]

The Spartan baseball team has recently been a power at the state level. Minico won 4A state titles in 2005[10] and 2009[11] and was runner-up in 2007, losing the final 10-9 to Columbia of Nampa.[12] It was the third time the Spartans were one run short in the state championship game. The 1982 team rallied to win the A-1 (now 5A) state title 7-4 over Lewiston,[13] returning to the final after an 11-10 loss to Borah of Boise in 1981.[14][15][16] The 2000 team made the A-1 final, but fell 4-3 to Timberline of Boise in 11 innings. Baseball coach Ben Frank's teaching position (biology) at MHS was one of 19 eliminated in budget cuts by the school district in 2012. In ten seasons as head coach (2003–12), he had a 221–76 (.744) record, with seven 4A state tournament trophies, including two state titles (2005, 2009).[17][18]

The 2007 football team went undefeated (8–0) in the regular season and won the Great Basin (West) conference. The Spartans defeated Rigby 49-19 in a playoff to qualify for the 4A state tournament, but lost by three points in the quarter finals to Blackfoot, the eventual champion.[19][20]

Minico's main predecessor, Rupert High School, won three state titles: one in basketball (1925)[21] and two in track (1924, 1947).[22][23]

State titles[edit]


  • Basketball (1): 1925 (as Rupert H.S.) [21]
  • Wrestling (4): 1962,[24] 1969 (co-),[25] 1970;[26] (4A) 2006 [9]
  • Baseball (3): (A-1, now 5A) 1982;[13] (4A) 2005,[10] 2009[11] (records not kept by IHSAA, A-1 state tourney introduced in 1971, A-2 in 1980)
  • Track (2): 1924, 1947 (as Rupert H.S.)[22][23]


  • Cross Country (1): fall (A, now 5A) 1992 [27] (introduced in 1974)

Notable graduates[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Minico Senior High School". Public School Review. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Idaho High School Activities Association" (PDF). IHSAA. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  3. ^ Minidoka County Joint School District
  4. ^ a b IDHSAA School Information
  5. ^ Blaine County School District : Neighborhood School Boundaries
  6. ^ Minico High School
  7. ^ Hicks is here CRHS football coach meets players
  9. ^ a b - Wrestling champions - through 2012
  10. ^ a b "2005 4A State Baseball Bracket". May 21, 2005. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "2009 4A State Baseball Bracket". May 16, 2009. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ "2007 4A State Baseball Bracket". May 19, 2007. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Minico bounces Bengals for state championship". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. May 23, 1982. p. 5D. 
  14. ^ "Minico, Borah in A-1 finals". Lewiston Morning Tribune. May 16, 1981. p. 3C. 
  15. ^ "Borah turns back Minico 11-10". Idaho Statesman. Boise. May 17, 1981. p. 1C. 
  16. ^ "Scoreboard: Baseball, Idaho, state A-1 tourney". Spokane Daily Chronicle. May 18, 1981. p. 24, col.1. 
  17. ^ Howe, Ryan (May 27, 2012). "Frank's future with Minico baseball uncertain". Magic Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  18. ^ Howe, Ryan (June 26, 2012). "Frank resigns as Minico baseball coach". Magic Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  19. ^ "2007 Minico football schedule". November 2007. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  20. ^ "2007 4A football state tournament". IHSAA. November 2007. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  21. ^ a b - Basketball champions - through 2012
  22. ^ a b "Rupert edges to Idaho win". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. May 25, 1947. p. 2-sports. 
  23. ^ a b - Track champions - through 2012
  24. ^ "Minico wins state wrestling tournament". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. February 18, 1962. p. 8. 
  25. ^ "Valiant wins title in state wrestling". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. February 16, 1969. p. 12. 
  26. ^ "Minico wins; Vikings second". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. February 23, 1970. p. 12. 
  27. ^ Cross Country champions through 2011
  28. ^ UFC profile of Dan Barrera
  29. ^ COLUMN: Lou Dobbs talks back to the Valley
  30. ^ Bill Fagerbakke - Rotten Tomatoes Celebrity Profile
  31. ^ Magic - Rupert's Fagerbakke finds a voice that is truly golden - 2011-01-04 - accessed 2011-12-13
  32. ^ "Actor uses experience at Idaho for role in Coach". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. January 8, 1991. p. 5B. 

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