Port Huron Northern High School
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|Port Huron Northern High School|
Port Huron, Michigan 48060
|School district||Port Huron Schools|
|Teaching staff||62.80 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||20.37|
Port Huron Northern High School (also PHN or Northern) is a high school located in Port Huron, Michigan. The school's colors are blue and gold, and the mascot is the Siberian Husky. The school has a store, a radio station (WORW), and had a Performing Arts Center (PAC) added in 2005.
The school has well-developed AP and arts programs, offers many athletic teams and co-curricular clubs and activities, and houses a radio station as well as a store that runs a snack bar and sells logo wear.
The school offers several years of 3 different languages: French, Spanish,and Japanese. Currently, students are able to take the first two years at the middle schools and take upper level courses at Port Huron Northern. The school is anticipating developing an AP Spanish Language Program, offered as a fifth-year class. The week before Spring Break is 'World Language Week', where all world language students intermix and participate in many different cultural activities. Students decorate shirts and other items in the target languages, research and make food, and view cultural videos in the Performing Arts Center.
The school operates a radio station WORW, nicknamed "The Wave" which broadcasts on the 91.9 FM frequency. The station's format is Top 40 with occasional off-format specialty shows run by students. It began broadcasting in 1972, and in 2005 implemented updates which allowed it to broadcast constantly. The station is student operated during their 6 school hours and lunch periods.
Recent additions and updates
The Performing Arts Center
Port Huron Northern was given a large addition in 2005, the PHN Performing Arts Center. The PAC can seat about 650 and is wheelchair-accessible. The architecture features large amounts of glass and light, a full fly, a large proscenium, and a full pit. The school hosts plays, concerts, presentations, as well as special events for students.
Many individuals and organizations utilize the Performing Arts Center at PHN. Presentations include: drama club productions; concerts by the high school concert bands, jazz bands, chamber ensembles, the marching band and choirs; performing arts class productions; professional speakers.
The acoustics in the Northern PAC are adjustable for many different kinds of performances. A movable, fully enclosed acoustical shell and acoustical cloud system provides good projection, balance, and mix for audiences, regardless of their seat in the auditorium. The a light and sound suite at the back of the PAC allows for broad control over the lighting and some acoustical properties within the theater. The light and sound suite also includes a large projection bay which is used to project onto a retractable 40x20 foot screen.
Individual lights, while controlled from the box, can are reached and adjusted from three catwalks, two Juliettes and a second-story spotlight nest.
St. Clair County Technology Center
Student can apply for additional classes at the St. Clair County Technical Education Center (TEC). To get to TEC, students take a bus during the school day from PHN. The TEC offers various classes that students take to earn college credits while still in high school. As of 2008, quite a few students are currently enrolled in the program.