Pocatello High School

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Coordinates: 42°51′47″N 112°27′14″W / 42.863°N 112.454°W / 42.863; -112.454

Pocatello High School
Front entrance in 2008
325 N. Arthur Ave.

United States
School districtPocatello/Chubbuck S.D.
PrincipalLisa Delonas[2]
Faculty53.82 (FTE)[3]
Grades9–12 [1]
Enrollment1,019 (2018–19)[3]
Student to teacher ratio18.93[3]
Color(s)Red, Navy, White[2]
AthleticsIHSAA Class 4A
Athletics conferenceGreat Basin (East)
RivalsHighland, Century
Information(208) 233-2056
Elevation4,470 ft (1,360 m) AMSL

Pocatello High School is a four-year public high school in Pocatello, Idaho, United States. It is the oldest of the three traditional high schools of the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District and serves the southwest portion. The school colors are red and blue and the mascot was an "Indian";[2] the city's namesake, Chief Pocatello, was the leader of the Shoshone people. The mascot was changed to the Thunder in June 2021 due to insensitivity.[4]


The school was constructed in late spring and summer of 1892 at a cost of $18, 281. According to the Bannock County Historical Society, the school was originally called West Side School, holding all grades in the same school. Pocatello High School was the most impressive building in the area during the early 1900s and on many occasions the school served as a town square where concerts and athletic contests were held. Two presidents of the United States spoke on the grounds of Pocatello High School, President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902 and William Howard Taft in 1908. John F. Kennedy would visit in 1962 and speak during a campaign trip.[citation needed]

In 1914, a fire started in the boiler room and the high school burnt completely to the ground. The school was rebuilt in exactly the same location. In 1939, the old school was remodeled and additions were made including a new gymnasium currently known as "the pit". In 1996 major renovations were added to the school which took three years to complete. These renovations included new floors, lights, sidewalks, heating system, and windows.[5] A new gymnasium known as "the palace" was built between 2004 and 2006.

Architect Frank H. Paradice, Jr., who moved to Pocatello around 1915, reportedly designed the high school,[6] presumably the new construction one replacing the one destroyed by fire in 1914.

In September 2016, Monsanto awarded a grant of $15,000 for the development of a hydroponic greenhouse for the roof of the Museum of Clean to teach students about green energy and how plants grow. Wind turbines and solar panels will generate power, such as to provide electricity for lights during the nighttime. It is part of a project involving the partnership of the high school with the museum. The installation is targeted for completion in the fall of 2017.[7]

Since the 1950's, there have been sightings and reports of paranormal activity on the property. Urban legends have been proven fake but rumors among students hearing voices and feeling hugged remained under speculation for years. In 2019 Ghost Hunters (TV series) investigated the school for the first episode of the 13th season.[8][9][10]


In 1989, Pocatello High School received the Presidential Excellence award, one of only 165 awards given in the nation.[11]


Pocatello competes in athletics in IHSAA Class 4A in the Great Basin (East) Conference with Century and Preston. PHS traditionally competed with the largest schools in the state in Class 5A (formerly A-1); a drop in enrollment caused a change to Class 4A. "

  • From 2011-2015 the boys cross country won 5 state Championships in a row.[12]
  • In 2000, the boys basketball team successfully defended the A-1 (now 5A) state championship.[13]
  • The PHS football team won the state 4A title in November 2006.
    • Four A-1 (now 5A) state titles in football were won in six-season span (1989, 1990, 1992, 1994).[14]
  • The 2012 baseball team won the state 4A championship, its first.[15]


Pocatello High School has intra-city rivalries with Highland (1963) and Century (1999). The annual football game between Pocatello and Highland is known as the "Black and Blue Bowl." A tradition of rivalry between the schools is to paint the large rock outside of the other schools.

State titles[edit]


  • Cross Country (6): fall 1980; (4A) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015[12] (introduced in 1964)
  • Basketball (9): 1927, 1929, 1936, 1942, 1957, 1962, 1969, 1999, 2000[13]
  • Wrestling (7): 1968, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1990, 1991, 1992[16] (introduced in 1958)
  • Baseball (1): (4A) 2012[15] (records not kept by IHSAA, state tourney introduced in 1971)
  • Track (2): 1958; (4A) 2009[17]
  • Golf (3): 1957, 1962, 1990, 2007, 2008 (introduced in 1956)
  • Football (5): fall 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994: (4A) 2006 (official with introduction of playoffs, fall 1979)[18]
    • (unofficial poll titles - 0) (poll introduced in 1963, through 1978)


  • Cross Country (2): fall 1995, 1996[12] (introduced in 1974)
  • Volleyball (1): fall 1990[19] (introduced in 1976)
  • Track (5): 1975, 1982, 1994, 1995, 1996[20] (introduced in 1971)
  • Dance: All-State Champions 2012


In October 2013, a former girls' basketball coach, Laraine Cook, was fired over a Facebook photo where her fiancé, Tom Harrison, a football coach at Pocatello High School, holds her breast.[21] Cook told the local Pocatello ABC affiliate that she was fired and not Harrison because she was the one who posted the photo.[22]

Until the 1970s, the Pocatello High School mascot was a Native American caricature named Osky Ow Wow, "a little Mohawk-looking guy with buck teeth, dark skin, big round eyes and a Mohawk haircut."[23] As late as 2015, the school's dance team, the Indianettes, continued to perform a redface routine in which female students dressed up in stereotypical Native American outfits and performed a mock "Indian" dance.[24][25] In December 2020, the Pocatello School District selected "Thunder" as the high school’s new mascot, effective June 2021.[4]

The murder of Cassie Jo Stoddart took place in Pocatello, Idaho, on September 22, 2006, when Stoddart (born December 21, 1989), a student at Pocatello High School, was stabbed to death by classmates Brian Lee Draper (born March 21, 1990) and Torey Michael Adamcik (born June 14, 1990).

Notable alumni[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

Pocatello High School featured in the August 29, 2019 episode of Ghost Hunters.[27]


  1. ^ a b "Pocatello Senior High School". Public School Review. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  2. ^ a b c d "Member School Information". Idaho High School Activities Association. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "POCATELLO HIGH SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Kalama Hines; Kade Garner (16 December 2020). "Thunder will replace Indians as Pocatello High School's mascot". EastIdahoNews.com. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  5. ^ Pocatello High Reborn
  6. ^ JoEllen Ross-Hauer (July 2015). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Payette Lakes Club / Payette Lake Club / Payette Lakes Inn" (PDF). State of Idaho. Retrieved September 13, 2019. DRAFT (? not stamped "final"). PDF includes plans and historic photos but not 26 photos from 2015 stated to be included in its submission.
  7. ^ Coffin, Deanne (September 27, 2016). "Monsanto Awards Pocatello $15,000 Grant". EastIdahoNews. KPVI. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  8. ^ "This Idaho High School is Among the Most Haunted Places in the Nation". 22 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Pocatello High School rock honors suicide victim: Family says teen was bullied for sexual orientation".
  10. ^ "'Ghost Hunters' Historian Mustafa Gatollari Breaks Down the Pocatello High School Investigation (EXCLUSIVE)".
  11. ^ History
  12. ^ a b c "Past Champions/Records" (PDF). Boys' Cross Country. Idaho High School Activities Association Idaho High School Activities Association. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  13. ^ a b idhsaa.org Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine - Basketball champions - through 2012
  14. ^ IDHSAA 4A football bracket
  15. ^ a b "2011 4A State Baseball Bracket". IdahoSports.com. May 19, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  16. ^ idhsaa.org Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine - Wrestling champions - through 2012
  17. ^ idhsaa.org Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine - Track champions - through 2012
  18. ^ idhsaa.org Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine - Idaho high school football - state champions
  19. ^ idhsaa.org Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine Soccer & Volleyball champions - through 2011
  20. ^ idhsaa.org Archived 2012-04-15 at the Wayback Machine - Girls Track champions - through 2012
  21. ^ "Larraine Cook, High School Coach, Fired Over Facebook Photo". HuffingtonPost.com. November 7, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  22. ^ "VIDEO: Former coach Laraine Cook talks to Local news 8". localnews8.com. November 4, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  23. ^ "POCATELLO MASCOT PASSES U.S. INDIAN MUSTER". 1991-12-30. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  24. ^ "Pocatello High School Indianettes - Timeline | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  25. ^ Scott Smith (2015-08-26), PHS Traditionals 2015, archived from the original on 2021-12-19, retrieved 2016-09-05
  26. ^ "Babe Caccia Obituary". Idaho State Journal. Pocatello, Idaho. August 31, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2018 – via Legacy.com.
  27. ^ sharris@journalnet.com, Shelbie Harris. "New 'Ghost Hunters' show will apparently feature haunted Pocatello High School". Idaho State Journal. Retrieved 5 December 2019.

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